Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament 2017

Become The Best In Belfast…

Take the opportunity to be part of history and play in the Inaugural Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament from Monday 3rd – Wednesday 5th July 2017 at Malone Golf Club, Royal Belfast Golf Club & Shandon Park Golf Club! You can head on from there to Portstewart Golf Club for The Irish Open making it a great golfing week in the North of Ireland.

The most prestigious courses within the Belfast area have come together to offer this unique tournament. You will play in this Titanic-esque pairs event where the best scores count over three days. With such close proximity to both Belfast Airports and the City Centre, Golfers will enjoy the fantastic golf by day and the excitement of the City by Night.

The entry fee for The Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament is just £99 per person Golf Only while there are Play & Stay packages available from Patrick Aiken at TheGolfPA.com. Click HERE to get an Entry Discount Code, this must be redeemed by Sunday 18th June with entries using this Code submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 20th June.

All golf clubs are easily accessible and within approximately 5 miles of Belfast city centre. The event is open to both Lady & Gentlemen Golfers and is run on the Stableford points format. The deadline for Tournament entries Friday 30th June 2017 – To Enter your Team just call +44 28 7032 6707 or email info@TheGolfPA.com.

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Killarney RFC Golf Classic 2017

The Killarney Rugby Football Club Golf Classic takes place this year on Friday 30th June at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club’s Mahony’s Point course.

There will be great prizes to play for on the day including Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin while there will be a Hole-in-One competition during the Golf Classic as well. The Killarney RFC Golf Classic novel Hole-in-One competition will be played on the iconic & picturesque 18th hole at Mahony’s Point and will certainly provide a fantastic final challenge to the golfing day supporting Killarney Rugby Club. Open to both ladies and gents as part of the Classic, the first player who strikes a hole-in-one will win a top of the range bicycle and gear from O’Sullivan’s Cycle worth up to €5,000!

The Rugby Club has had a fantastic response from the business community once again and with over 40 teams due to take part it promises to be a great day out! Great sponsors have supported the event from the off and with a mighty BBQ lunch midway through the golf, and so the back nine will be a formidable test!

The entry fee for the Killarney RFC Golf Classic is €250 (Team of 4). Tee times are allocated on a first come first served basis so if you would like to enter a team please call +353-87-1240365 or email rugbyclubkillarney@gmail.com.

Resurgent Ring of Kerry

I visited the Ring of Kerry Golf Club recently and was blown away by the location, the condition of the course and also the new setup in the Clubhouse as well. Significant investment has been made to ensure the course is kept in great shape along with the providing Bar & Restaurant facilities to match.

The County Kerry venue is located in a beautiful spot overlooking Kenmare Bay on the beautiful Ring of Kerry. The course measures 6,663 yards from the back tees and it is the last ever design from the late and great Irish golf architect, Eddie Hackett. The par-73 layout has 9 par-4s, 5 par-5s and 4 par-3s to make it a great test of golf for all levels, significant investment has also been made in the course drainage and the greens are some of the best, if not the best, putting surfaces I have played on this year.

Facilities at the Ring of Kerry Golf Club include a Driving Range located less than a wedge from the Clubhouse while the new Greens Bar & Restaurant has been getting rave reviews from golfers and non-golfers alike! Having seen their cocktail menu as well a good day and night could definitely be had at Greens, unfortunately I wasn’t able to sample their cocktails on the day!! Greens is suitable for smaller groups, corporate functions and wedding – the menu options and service is superb as well.

Membership at the Ring of Kerry GC is great value as well, just €270 for Ladies or Gents with Junior Membership only €55 per annum also. Membership is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase (which can be done online!) and includes the following benefits:

  • Unlimited golf at any time that the course is open for play
  • Kerry Golf Card, which entitles you to discounted Green Fees at other Kerry courses
  • Opportunity to participate in all weekly tournaments, major events and team matches
  • GUI Handicap Card status (additional €30 adults / €6 juniors)
  • A dual courtesy playing rights promotion with Clement Ader Golf Club near Paris in France (Full time residents of Ireland only)
  • 6 Courtesy Rounds of golf at Parknasilla Golf Club
  • Member guest rates

Society Golf is also wonderful value at Ring of Kerry Golf Club, just €25 per person with fantastic Golf & Dinner packages as well including one phenomenal view for the post golf festivities! There are also some excellent accommodation rates locally for Play & Stay packages. A night out in Kenmare after a Round of Golf at the Ring of Kerry GC, followed by dinner at Greens and maybe a few cocktails sounds like Heaven to me!

If you are interested in Membership at Ring of Kerry Golf Club or would like to take your Society here for their next Outing or Away Trip call +353-87-6453537 or email Tom Kennedy Golf.

 

The Golf Guide Tour – Irish Event

The Golf Guide Tour makes it first stop in Ireland in June when it visits The Heritage Resort. This coincides with the relaunch of its Irish Edition of the Magazine with plans for further Irish Tournaments in 2018.

This 36 Hole event at The Heritage Resort in Killenard, Ireland – just 30 minutes south of Dublin – takes place on Sunday 11th & Monday 12th June 2017. Packages are as follows:

  • 2 Rounds of Golf plus 2 nights B&B in the 5-Star Heritage Hotel £270 / €295 per person sharing
  • 2 Rounds of Golf plus 2 nights B&B staying in The Ballesteros Apartments £220 / €240 per person sharing
  • Golf Only – £100 per person / €110 per person

The Competition Format is a Pairs Better Ball with Stableford scoring played off 90% handicap. The winners from each event are invited to the competition week on the Costa del Sol in November 2017 or February 2018, which includes a 3 night stay at the 4 star Tamisa Hotel Mijas including Breakfast, return flights, all transfers and 3 competitive rounds of golf.

To enter the Race to Mauritius, you must enter a minimum of 4 GGT events. After the St Andrews event, the top 10 pairs from our Order of Merit will then qualify for a UK Final to decide the overall winners of the amazing 7 day trip to Mauritius!!

You must have a current CONGU handicap to win any of the top three prizes. Non-handicap golfers are welcome to attend but can only win the other prizes on offer. Due to the increased popularity of the events, a £50 deposit per person is required to secure your place. Contact competitions@thegolfguide.co.uk for payment details.

 

Shell Pro-Am 2017 at Carne Golf Links

The Shell Pro-Am takes place at Carne Golf Links, Belmullet, Co Mayo on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June 2017.

Teams of 3 will play with an Irish PGA Professional over both days with a free practice round on Friday 16th June. There are great prizes available for the event at this amazing golf course in Belmullet, County Mayo. Tournament Itinerary as follows:

Friday 16th June – Practice Day
Saturday 17th June – Day 1 of Pro-Am
Sunday 18th June – Final Day of Pro-Am

The cost to enter a team in the Shell Pro-Am at Carne Golf Links is €190 per golfer / €570 per team, this price includes a meal on the Saturday night. To enter a team call Carne Golf Links today at 097 82292 or email info@carnegolflinks.com.

In the meantime see this video and get some lessons from the Pro’s on how to play links golf.

Social Media Open 2017 – Tournament Review

Our 5th Anniversary Tournament would take us to the same venues as 2016 – Ballybunion Old Course & Cashen Course, Dooks Golf Links & Tralee Golf Links – from Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th April 2017. This year had a record entry of 160 golfers (80 teams), having started with just 40 golfers 4 years ago when we took on Mount Juliet, Castlemartyr, Adare & Old Head.

Plenty golfers made it down on the Monday evening before play started the following morning, some taking it easy and preparing without the usual hangover while others were starting as they meant to go on that week! The craic was mighty in Kilcooly’s that night which did bode well for a great week, on and off the course!

The first day’s play took in a 2 course start (never used that before!) on The Old & Cashen at Ballybunion Golf Club on Tuesday 25th April 2017. While the 2 course start worked well it still entailed an early start on The Old Course with the first golfers setting off at 7.24am on a still but chilly morning. Rune Karlsen, Manager of Tromso Golf Club in Norway, and his playing partner, Paal Kjelsrud, got things started as they did in 2016 as well, this time in the company of Umberto Biagi & Tarek Aref. The early scores were decent as the early risers seemed to be getting the better of the scoring conditions. However it was 2 teams that started later on The Old & Cashen courses that led the way after Round 1 – Cork brothers, John & Liam Deasy, returned an excellent 45 points followed closely behind them by another Cork team, John Howard & Jim Dunne on 44. Plenty teams were still in the hunt only a few shots back of the leaders including Defending Champs, Joe Kennedy & Peter Murphy, along with Lindsay Hamill & Tom Baldwin, Chris Garde & Billy Farrell, Lewis Jones & Gavin Bonham and Leo Dunne & Paul Madigan.

Day 2 started under sunny skies at Ballybunion while those who took on The Old Course on Tuesday moved to the Cashen Course on Wednesday 26th April for Round 2 while the teams that took on the Cashen on Day 1 moved onto The Old Course. Scoring was definitely better for the morning starters, even after the previous night’s festivities at Kilcooly’s, with the wind picking up in the afternoon making both courses a true test of links golf. John & Jim powered ahead in the 2nd Round with a great score of 45, giving them a 7 shot lead from Warrenpoint duo Brian McKee & Joe Lenfestey. Lewis Jones & Gavin Bonham added a solid 40 points to their 41 on Day 1 to lie in 3rd place. 10 shots covered the Top 8 but the chasing pack had it all to do to catch the Cork boys out in front. Ireland led the way in The Nations Cup with 2 rounds to go. Onto Killarney as our base for the next 3 nights with a combination of local hotels hosting us.

The 3rd Round of Social Media Open 2017 started under gloomy skies and a little rain but this soon cleared to a fabulous day at Dooks Golf Links on Thursday 27th April. Our Italian friends, all 22 of them, were some of the first golfers out on the day on the testing links course as all teams tried to climb the Leaderboard on “Moving Day”. Scoring was the best of the week so far with many teams returning scores in the mid to high 40s. Best score of the day come from Kate Docherty & Martina Syron who returned a fabulous 47 points while there were many teams returning 40 or better in the kind scoring conditions. John & Jim again recorded a consistent score, 44 this time to extend their lead to 8 going into the Final Round at Tralee the following morning.

Tralee Golf Links was the venue for the Final Round of our 5th Anniversary Tournament on Friday 28th April and again this tremendous golf course lived up to all the expectation. The course was in phenomenal condition with the greens slick and rolling beautifully. The early starters definitely got the best of the scoring conditions, with the first team fourball out on the course producing the best team score of the day in the shape of Stuart Hasson & Gay Hannon who returned 45 points to shoot up the leaderboard. Nearest the Pin on the day also went to an early starter, Kate Docherty! As the wind picked up in the afternoon teams did struggle, especially on Back 9, but this did not detract from an amazing experience at Tralee. John & Jim has their worst day of the 4 in terms of scoring at Tralee but still managed to post a creditable 40 points to ensure victory was guaranteed to become 2017 Social Media Open Champions! Chris Garde & Billy Farrell, regulars at our Tournaments, took 2nd place. Lewis & Gavin secured 3rd place with a 4 round points total of 162 while Lindsay Hamill & Tom Baldwin grabbed 4th place on the countback from 4 teams on 159 with Paschal & Noel McMahon getting a Top 5 finish on the same score. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves as thoughts now moved to our Prize Giving Dinner at Randles Hotel in Killarney that evening. Ireland again triumphed in The Nations Cup while Honourary Irish Captains, John Mooney & Shay Kelly, took The Conefrey Shield.

The Prize Giving Dinner began just after 9pm in Killarney at Randles Hotel with all teams in the mood for celebrating, especially our Dutch contingent that provided the backing track for the evening from their table! A huge thanks to everybody for making the week what it was, all the players; the Golf Courses – Ballybunion, Dooks & Tralee – and all their staff; the wonderful Guest Houses and Hotels and of course our Tournament Partners – Conefrey’s Pharmacy, Druids of Ireland by LJ Golf, Irish Biltong, Open Fairways, Jonathan McDonnell QFA, Vox Golf, Royal & Awesome, Club Clean Ireland, Wyldsson and Fresh Today. We are already planning for our 2018 Tournament and hope to see many of you there next year!

Check out our Facebook Albums from our 5th Anniversary Tournament, you can also check us out on Twitter. Any queries regarding our Event you can email smopen@tomkennedygolf.com

Ladies 4-ball Championship at Carne Golf Links

Carne Golf Links will host their first Wild Atlantic Way Ladies Open 4-ball Championship on Saturday 10th June 2017. The County Mayo venue is a wonderful golf course set in a fabulous location in Belmullet, providing some of the most amazing views on any course in Ireland and also the World!

The Ladies Open 4-ball Championship has various packages on offer as follows:

  • Golf Only €70 per person
  • 2 nights’ B&B €170 per person sharing (accommodation at Broadhaven Bay Hotel)
  • 3 nights’ B&B €210 per person sharing (accommodation at Broadhaven Bay Hotel)

Entries include the Saturday competition with a practice round on Friday 9th June or extra round on Sunday 11th June. There are Great Prizes for each winning team member and you can Register Online or enter by calling Eileen (+353-97-82292) or Fiona (+353-86-1533380) or by emailing info@carnegolflinks.com.

Best of luck to all the ladies entering, it sounds like a fantastic competition on a wonderful golf course!

Causeway Coast Amateur 2017

The Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament enters its 5th Decade and continues to be the largest amateur golf tournament in Europe. Their 2017 tournament will be played over 4 superb links course – Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old Course), Castlerock Golf Club, Royal Portrush Golf Club (Valley Course) and Ballycastle Golf Club from Monday 5th – Friday 9th June 2017.

Ballyliffin Old Course

The tournament is a 72 hole event, with a rest day in between to recuperate from the test the links courses will provide and maybe to shake all some of the tiredness from the social element too! Participants are able to book into any of the below play orders, by choosing their rest day and time, subject to availability. Rest days are allocated on a first come first served basis, with the tournament organisers doing their best to accommodate all requests.  The field is limited to 144 participants per day. with the order of play as follows:

  1. Rest Day, Ballyliffin, Castlerock, Ballycastle, Royal Portrush
  2. Ballyliffin, Castlerock, Ballycastle, Royal Portrush, Rest Day
  3. Castlerock, Ballycastle.  Royal Portrush, Rest Day, Ballyliffin
  4. Ballycastle,  Royal Portrush, Rest Day, Ballyliffin,  Castlerock
  5. Royal Portrush, Rest Day, Ballyliffin, Castlerock, Ballycastle

Ballycastle GC

Participants are invited to a Welcome Event held at Royal Portrush Golf Club on Sunday 4th June. There will also be a Bushmills Distillery Tour & Entertainment on Wednesday 7th June with the Closing Event & Prize Giving being held at Royal Portrush Golf Club on the Final Day.

Tournament Terms and Conditions

The Causeway Coast Golf Tournament is open to Amateurs with an official club handicap of 20 or less. Each player must carry a current handicap certificate on each day of the Tournament. A current handicap certificate must be submitted with entry form.

Castlerock GC

The overall competition is run on the Stableford system. Concurrently with the main Tournament a Subsidiary Competition is run on each course with a separate trophy and prizes for the best score returned.

Entrance fees:

  • Host Club Members £75
  • GUI Residents £150
  • Visitors £200
  • Entrance fees include all green fees.

Withdrawals will only be refunded provided they are notified before Friday 21st April 2017.

All players must be members of Golf Clubs recognised and affiliated to their country’s governing body and must have an official club handicap. In accordance with 2016-2018 CONGU Unified Handicapping Scheme all scores in this competition must be returned to the home club by the player concerned – see Clause 8.12 The Handicap Committee of the home club will consider them in accordance with Clause 23a Annual Review or, if appropriate, for an immediate cut under Clause 23B – General Play Adjustment. The Committee reserves the right to revise any players handicap before or during the Tournament.

Entries will not be accepted from anyone under 18 years of age. Draws will be posted in Host Clubs the week preceding the Tournament. Entries close when the tournament limit of 800 is received.

For further information contact info@causewaycoastgolf.com

History of the Tournament

The Causeway Coast Golf Tournament (CCGT) was first played in 1967 and has continued as an annual tournament every year since.

Royal Portrush Valley Course

The CCGT is owned by the four founding Golf Clubs – Ballycastle Golf Club, Castlerock Golf Club, Portstewart Golf Club and Royal Portrush Golf Club – with each member club nominating two representatives from their membership to run the tournament through the Tournament Committee.  In 2014, Portstewart Golf Club informed the Committee that they would be unable to take part in the Tournament due to other commitments.  This year, Portstewart will host The 2017 Irish Open and we wish them every success!  Due to this departure, Ballyliffin Golf Club was approached to take their place and they are a welcome addition to the Tournament.

The CCGT started off life as a small event, with the majority of participants coming from the host clubs. However, with the growth in popularity in golf in the 1970’s and 1980’s, coupled with the incredible value and quality of the host courses, the tournament quickly grew.  In the late 1990’s the tournament boasted over 1,100 participants.

2017 is a very exciting year for the Causeway Coast Golf Tournament as we enter our fifth decade. It is a fantastic Tournament and a massive achievement to be celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, I just hope I can make it to play!

SM Open Scotland – Aberdeen Event 2017

We are delighted to launch our 2nd Scottish Tournament taking place in Aberdeen at Trump International Scotland, Cruden Bay Golf Club & Murcar Golf Links from Wednesday 12th – Friday 14th July 2017! The event will be run in conjunction with Tournament Partners, Deeside Golf Tours in Scotland.

trump-aberdeen

Day 1 will take us to Trump International Golf Links Scotland in Aberdeen on Wednesday 12th July 2017. This 7,400 yard, par 72 championship golf course was designed by renowned golf course architect, Dr. Martin Hawtree, and follows a classical pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes. All 18 holes thread their way engagingly through The Great Dunes of Scotland; rising to find panoramic views of the North Sea and dramatic coastline, and plunging into secluded valleys rich with native vegetation.

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The 2nd Round of Social Media Open Aberdeen will be hosted at Cruden Bay Golf Club on Thursday 13th July. This amazing Links Course offers an internationally famous golfing experience – old fashioned links golf at its best – on one of the best links courses in Scotland. Cruden Bay creates unique challenges demanding the skills of power, placement and fine judgement upon the discerning golfer. The course is set against a backdrop of subtly contoured greens and magnificent panoramic views and when you read the list of recent accolades it is easy to understand why it is so popular

  • 2012 in “Golf World Magazine” 2nd Top Fun Course in Great Britain & Ireland
  • 2013 in “Links Magazine USA” 54th Best Course in the World
  • 2013-2014 in “Golf Digest Top 100” 70th in the World
  • 2013 in “Golf Course Architecture Magazine” 29th in the World (voted by over 240 golf course architects from 28 Countries)
  • 2015 in “Golf Magazine52nd in the World

The Final Round of Social Media Open Aberdeen will take place on Friday 14th July at the majestic Murcar Links. The par-71 layout features in the Top 100 courses in the UK and is in the VisitScotland Top 40 Great Scottish Links Collection as evidenced by the fact that in 2005, it hosted pre-qualifying for the British Senior Open. Recently it has also hosted  the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Northern Open in June 2014 and in 2013 the European Boys Team Championship. In 2009 hosted the European Challenge Tour’s Scottish Challenge and the British Boys Plate. It is a venue held in high regard and we are delighted to be concluding our Aberdeen Tournament on this fantastic course in July!

The Format of the Event will follow past Tournament in that it will be Pairs so Team of 2 – both scores to count holes 9 & 18 and 1 to score on 1-8, 10-17 (3/4 Handicap Applies). Our Golf Only Package is £349 per person / £698 per Team of 2, Play & Stay Packages to be finalised very soon. If you have any queries or would like to enter a team please call +353-87-6453537 or email smopen@tomkennedygolf.com! In the meantime give us a Follow on Twitter and a Like on Facebook!

 

Social Media Open Portugal 2017

The Inaugural playing of The Social Media Open Portugal will take place from Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November 2017, in the Alvor region of the Algarve and will present the challenge of 3 of the best golf courses in the area to test the teams that will be competing to become the 1st Social Media Open Portugal Champion! The Tournament will be played at 3 of the Pestana Resort Courses – Silves, Gramacho & Vila Sol with accommodation available at the picturesque Pestana Dom Joao II Hotel.

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Day 1 of SM Open Portugal will take place at Silves Golf Course on Friday 10th November 2017Silves is a serene spot at the foot of the Monchique mountain, but it is anything other than ‘a walk in the park’ – a drive at the opening hole has to flirt with water hazards on both flanks. This course is for all levels of players – low handicaps will find it a serious challenge to come in under par while high handicaps, with a bit of courses management, will thoroughly their round. Most holes offer spectacular mountain views overlooking palm trees and olive groves, the surrounding cork and citrus farms generate a true feeling of authentic Portuguese golf. We look forward to starting our Inaugural here in November!

gramacho-gc

The 2nd Day of SM Open Portugal will be hosted at the Gramacho Golf Course on Saturday 11th November 2017. Having hosted the Portuguese Ladies Open on a number of occasions Gramacho is indeed recognized as a championship course. Designed by Ronald Fream, who also designed Vale de Pinta in the region, teamed up with the former world No. 1 Nick Price to create the unique design of Gramacho. With 18 holes & 27 greens, plus numerous different tee box locations, players are able to enjoy the same course time and time again but always with slightly different challenges.

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The Vila Sol Golf Course will be the venue for the Final Round of The Social Media Open Portugal on Sunday 12th November where the Inaugural Champions will be crowned! Designed by renowned golf architect Donal Steel, the Vila Sol course was opened in 1991 and is a superb test of golf. The course is planned to give all visitors who come to play a golf course where the preservation of the natural environment is sharply in mind. This plan consists of pine, almond & fig trees, plants, flowers, lakes and streams, which all add to the pleasure and challenge of playing this championship golf course. Located in the Central Algarve, the Vila Sol Hotel and Golf resort is set in 75 acres of natural beauty which includes the Championship Course and also the 9-hole Academy course.

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The Format of our Inaugural Tournament will encapsulate the same setup as The Social Media Open, Social Media Links Challenge and Social Media Open Scotland before them – Team of 2 with 1 score to count on holes 1-8, 10-17 and both scores to count on 9 & 18 (3/4 Handicap applies) with Stableford scoring each day. The Tournament Packages are as follows and include all Tournament Rounds of Golf, SM Open Portugal Goody Bags and All Prizes!

  • 3 Rounds of Golf & 3 nights’ B&B – €299 per person sharing (€598 per Team of 2)
  • 3 Rounds of Golf & 3 nights’ B&B – €349 per person sharing (€698 per Team of 2)

If you have any queries on The Social Media Open Portugal or would like to enter a team please email smopen@tomkennedygolf.com or call +353-87-6453537. You can also give us a Follow on Twitter or Like us on Facebook, hope to see you in Portugal this November!!