Social Media Links Challenge 2018

Having enjoyed the best courses in the West of Ireland for 4 years now – SM Links 2014, SM Links 2015 SM Links 2016 & SM Links 2017 – the 5th Anniversary Tournament of The Social Media Links Challenge will take place in August at 2 of the finest links courses in Ireland over 3 days when it tees off in late August. Carne Golf LinksEnniscrone Golf Club once again provide stern but very different golfing tests from Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th August 2018.

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The First Day’s play will be hosted at the exquisite Enniscrone Golf Club, on Thursday 23rd August 2018. It has been the host course for the Final Round over the past 4 years of the event and provides an excellent venue in all aspects. It will again host the Final Round this year but also provides the venue for the Opening Round in 2018. This world renowned course will test each and every player as they strive to get into the leading groups from Day 1.

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Day 2 on Friday 24th August will take in the awesome Carne Golf Links in Belmullet, Co Mayo. The 2017 competitors faced beautiful conditions last August and we are hoping for more of the same come the 2nd Round next year. This is one of the more remote courses in Ireland but as a result of that it has one of the most amazing locations for a golf course anywhere in the World!

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The Final Day of the 2018 Social Media Links Challenge will be played at Enniscrone Golf Club on Saturday 25th August. This outstanding links course will provide a fitting finale to 3 days of sublime links golf on the West Coast of Ireland. The winning team this week will certainly deserve their prize!

The entry fee per person is only €165 Golf only (€330 per Team of 2). Accommodation is available at The Great National Hotel Ballina which is less than 1 hour’s drive from Carne and approximately 15 minutes from Enniscrone GC. The Play & Stay packages are as follows:

  • 2 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf – €269 per person sharing / €538 per Team
  • 3 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf & Prize Giving Dinner – €335 per person sharing / €670 per Team
  • 4 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf & Prize Giving Dinner – €385 per person sharing / €770 per Team

(The 3 & 4 night packages include Prize Giving Dinner at Hotel Ballina on Saturday 25th August)

2017 Champs – Bob Leggett & Alan McGovern

First Prize for the Social Media Links Challenge will include a Motocaddy Golf TrolleyFREE GOLF to come back and Defend the Title in 2019 along with the SM Links Challenge Trophy to take home for the year! Other prizes will be announced in due course but will include golf vouchers for Carne Golf Links and Enniscrone GC and many other golf related goodies from LJ Golf among others!!

The format of the Tournament will be a Pairs Event so Teams of 2. Scoring will be the same each day – 2 scores to count on holes 9 & 18 with 1 score to count on the other holes (1-8, 10-17). 3/4 Handicaps will apply for the event as well.

If you have any queries on the Social Media Links Challenge or would like to enter a team you can email smlinks@tomkennedygolf.com. You can also follow the event on Twitter @SMLinks or like us on Facebook.

Hope to see you on the links in August!

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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.

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!

Social Media Links Challenge 2017

Having enjoyed the best courses in the West of Ireland for 3 years now the 4th Annual Tournament of The Social Media Links Challenge will once again take place in August at 3 of the finest links courses in Ireland over 3 days when it tees off in late August. County Sligo Golf Club, Carne Golf LinksEnniscrone Golf Club once again provide 3 stern but very different golfing tests from Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th August 2017.

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The First Day’s play will be hosted at West of Ireland Amateur Open venue, County Sligo Golf Club, on Thursday 24th August 2016. It has been the host course for the 1st Round over the past 2 years of the event and provides an excellent venue in all aspects. This world renowned course will test each and every player as they strive to get into the leading groups from Day 1.

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Day 2 on Friday 25th August will take in the awesome Carne Golf Links in Belmullet, Co Mayo. The 2016 competitors faced some very tough conditions in driving wind and plenty rain but even the weather did not take away from the enjoyment of the golfers. This is one of the more remote courses in Ireland but as a result of that it has one of the most amazing locations for a golf course anywhere in the World!

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The Final Day of the 2016 Social Media Links Challenge will be played at Enniscrone Golf Club on Saturday 26th August 2016. This outstanding links course will provide a fitting finale to 3 days of sublime links golf on the West Coast of Ireland. The winning team this week will certainly deserve their prize!

The entry fee per person is only €165 Golf only (€330 per Team of 2) with the following Play & Stay Packages available. Accommodation is currently available at either Hotel Ballina or the Ballina Manor Hotel which are both less than 1 hour’s drive from Carne, approximately 45 minutes from County Sligo and only 15 minutes from Enniscrone GC. The first night’s accommodation on the 4 night package will be at the Riverside Hotel in Sligo.

2 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf – €255 per person sharing / €510 per Team
3 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf & Prize Giving Dinner – €325 per person sharing / €650 per Team
4 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf & Prize Giving Dinner – €370 per person sharing / €740 per Team

(The 3 & 4 night packages include Prize Giving Dinner at Hotel Ballina on Saturday 26th August)

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First Prize for the Social Media Links Challenge will include a Golfing Holiday to the Sun, FREE GOLF to come back and Defend the Title in 2018 along with the SM Links Challenge Trophy to take home for the year! Other prizes will be announced in due course but will include golf vouchers for Carne Golf Links, County Sligo GC and Enniscrone GC and many other golf related goodies from LJ Golf among others!!

The format of the Tournament will be a Pairs Event with 2 scores to count each day on holes 9 and 18 with 1 score to count on the other holes (1-8, 10-17). 3/4 Handicaps will apply for the event as well.

If you have any queries on the Social Media Links Challenge or would like to enter a team you can email smlinks@tomkennedygolf.com. You can also follow the event on Twitter @SMLinks or like us on Facebook. Check out the Review of our 2016 Event for what’s in store for you in a few months time!!

Hope to see you on the links in August!

Wild Atlantic Way Scratch Cup at Carne Golf Links

A 36 hole Senior Scratch Cup & Junior Scratch Cup will be staged at the fantastic Carne Golf Links on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August 2016! The beautiful Belmullet course will present a firm but fair test over the 2 days as it did for Shell Pro-Am earlier in the summer in June.

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The format for the 2 days is Strokeplay with some great prizes on offer. The handicap limit for the Senior Scratch Cup 4 & lower while 5-10 handicap holders can play in the Junior Scratch Cup.

An Entry Fee of only €50 per person will apply which is superb value for a course the quality of Carne and for 2 rounds of Golf as well! Bookings can be made online via the Carne Golf Links Website, by phone on 097-82292 or by emailing info@carnegolflinks.com. Local accommodation is available around Belmullet, please contact the Golf Club for further details and packages.

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Carne also have a phenomenal Distance Membership Offer available at present also, check it out on their website or email info@carnegolflinks.com with any queries! You can also give them a like on Facebook or a follow on Twitter!!

Carne Golf Links Distance Membership

I absolutely adore Carne Golf Links, an amazing course in a stunning location in Belmullet, Co Mayo. Pity it wasn’t closer to home but great links courses come with classic coastal settings and Carne has this in abundance. Carne Golf Links was also recently voted the 10th best course in Ireland as well so don’t just take it from me about this superb track, go up and try it for yourself too!

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Carne Golf Links currently have a great membership offer with a limited amount of distance memberships for 2016 for only €250 (12 months from when you sign) and a 4 year offer for €1000. For more information email carnemembership@gmail.com or CLICK HERE to check out this fabulous course.

You can also take part in The 2016 Social Media Links Challenge which takes in Carne, County Sligo GC & Enniscrone from Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th August!

Social Media Links Challenge 2016

The 3rd edition of The Social Media Links Challenge will once again take place in August at 3 of the finest links courses in Ireland over 3 days when it tees off in mid August. County Sligo Golf Club, Carne Golf LinksEnniscrone Golf Club provide the respective golfing tests from Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th August 2015.

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The First Day’s play will be hosted at West of Ireland Amateur Open venue, County Sligo Golf Club, on Thursday 11th August 2016. This world renowned course will test each and every player as they strive to get into the leading groups from Day 1.

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Day 2 on Friday 12th August will take in the awesome Carne Golf Links in Belmullet, Co Mayo. This is one of the more remote courses in Ireland but as a result of that it has one of the most amazing locations for a golf course anywhere in the World.

The Final Day of the 2016 Social Media Links Challenge will be played at Enniscrone Golf Club on Saturday 13th August 2016. This outstanding links course will provide a fitting finale to 3 days of sublime links golf on the West Coast of Ireland. The winning team this week will certainly deserve their prize!

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The entry fee per person is only €159 Golf only (€318 per Team of 2) with the following Play & Stay Packages available also (Accommodation is currently available at either Hotel Ballina or the Ballina Manor Hotel which are both less than 1 hour’s drive from Carne, approximately 45 minutes from County Sligo and only 15 minutes from Enniscrone GC. 1 night’s accommodation on the 4 night package will be at the Riverside Hotel in Sligo)

2 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf – €249 per person sharing
3 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf – €294 per person sharing
4 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf – €339 per person sharing

First Prize for the Social Media Links Challenge will include FREE GOLF to come back and Defend the Title in 2017 along with the SM Links Challenge Trophy to take home for the year among other great pries that will be confirmed soon! Other prizes will also be announced in due course but will include golf vouchers for Carne Golf Links, County Sligo GC and Enniscrone GC and many other golf related goodies from Ogio Golf among others!!

The format of the Tournament will be a Pairs Event with 2 scores to count each day on holes 9 and 18 with 1 score to count on the other holes (1-8, 10-17). 3/4 Handicaps will apply for the event as well.

If you have any queries on the Social Media Links Challenge or would like to enter a team you can email smlinks@tomkennedygolf.com. You can also follow the event on Twitter @SMLinks or like us on Facebook.

Hope to see you on the links in August!

SM Links Challenge 2015 – Tournament Review

The 2015 Social Media Links Challenge took place from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th August 2015 at County Sligo Golf Club, Carne Golf Links & Enniscrone Golf Club with over 90 golfers tackling some of the best tests of links golf over 3 days in the West of Ireland. This was the 2nd staging of the tournament, the Inaugural Event won by the Deasy brothers, John & Liam, who were defending the title they had claimed in July of 2014.

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What had started out a blustery and rainy early morning soon turned into clear and sunny skies as we neared our 10.14am starting time. Thomas Byrne & Ross Soye got the 2015 Tournament underway alongside Aad van Oos & Patrick van der Klooster from Holland as the clouds moved away over Ben Bulben. One of our sponsors, Just Golf, had provided each team with Goody Bags and these were much much welcome for the golfers taking on the test at “Rosses Point“. The scoring was decent on Day 1 at County Sligo Golf Club but 3 teams stood out from the crowd – Chris Garde & Seamus Beecher led the way on 46 points tied with fellow Corkmen, brothers Michael & Henry Tobin. The lads who started off the tournament in the morning, Thomas & Ross, were just a shot behind with 45 pts. Shot of the day definitely went to Barry Hennessy who scored a Hole-in-One at par-3 4th hole.

Day 2 saw us at Carne Golf Links with the weather calmer but not quite as sunny, there were plenty wind and sun burnt golfers (possibly hungover too) taking to the 1st Tee in Belmullet so they may have been thankful for the respite! This was definitely a better scoring day with one half of the 2015 Social Media Open champions, Bob Leggett, gelling well with playing partner Kevin Keating to post 47 pts and get right into contention just a shot off the lead on 83 pts, in fact there were 4 teams sharing the lead going into the Final Round on 84 pts – Suzanne Hegarty & Paul Magee and Billy Farrell & Jerry Kearney alongside 1st round leaders Chris & Seamus and brothers Michael & Henry Tobin. Another 10 teams were only within 7 shots of the lead so it promised to be a very dramatic final day at Enniscrone.

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The “social” element of the SM Links Challenge was very much to the fore all week with golfers from all over Ireland, the United States of America, Holland and the People’s Republic of Cork, among other places, enjoying each other’s company both on and off the course. It made for a great few days making pars (and occasional birdies!) and frequenting bars! The Fleadh Ceoil was on Sligo and the surrounding area over the same week so it made for a very enjoyable time for one and all – of course there was the small matter of watching The PGA Championship after the golf most evenings too, as if we weren’t talking enough golf for the 3 days already!!

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The Final Round of The 2015 Social Media Links Challenge took place at Enniscrone Golf Club with many teams in contention teeing off on Sunday 16th August. Conditions were changeable on the day with most teams getting a few sprinkles of rain over the course of their rounds. The day did clear up as the majority were finishing their front 9s or playing the back 9 so the scoring remained quite good overall. Shot of the day must go to Dan Purcell who scored a Hole-in-One on the 3rd hole! The best score on the day was posted by the overall winners, with Suzanne & Paul posting 47 pts for a 3 round total of 131 to claim the title by 3 shots from Billy Farrell & Jerry Kearney who finished with a final round of 44 pts. A further 2 shots back were Darren Crawford & Gerry Wall on 164 while Chris & Seamus beat Michael & Henry into 4th place on the countback, both tying on 124 pts for the 3 rounds.

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2015 Champs – Suzanne Hegarty & Paul Magee with sponsors Fintan Ward (Golf Voyager) & Aad van Oos (Ogio Golf)

It was a great few days in the West of Ireland – the golf was great, food fantastic and the craic was mighty! Many thanks to all our sponsors & tournament partners – Golf Voyager; Ogio Golf; Muldoon Whiskey; Club-Clean; BreakingPar.ie; Ireland Golf Balls & Just Golf – for contributing so much to the tournament and helping us make it what it was. A huge thanks also to our host venues – County Sligo, Carne & Enniscrone – for providing 3 great tests of golf all in great condition!

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Three days of superb links golf and many friendships were made on and off the course. To our 26 American friends we hope to see you again soon, hopefully we might even get a motley crew over to play a few holes Stateside in the near future! So that was The 2015 Social Media Links Challenge – 4,968 holes of golf played, countless number of pints and wonderful whiskey consumed, many bowls of chowder & superb steaks eaten and of course 2 Holes-in-One and much much more. Not bad for 3 days in the West of Ireland!!

We hope to see you for our 4th Annual Tournament in August 2016, drop us a line for details on smlinks@tomkennedygolf.com! You can also give a follow on Twitter or like our Facebook Page to check out all our Tournament Photos.

Social Media Links Challenge 2015

The 2nd Annual Social Media Links Challenge will take in 3 of the finest links courses in Ireland over 3 days when it tees off in mid August during the week of The PGA Championship. County Sligo Golf Club, Carne Golf LinksEnniscrone Golf Club are the respective venues from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th August 2015.

Co Sligo GC5The First Day’s play will be hosted at West of Ireland Amateur Open venue, County Sligo Golf Club, on Friday 14th August 2015. This world renowned course will test each and every player as they strive to get into the leading groups from Day 1.

Day 2 on Saturday 15th August will take in the awesome Carne Golf Links in Belmullet, Co Mayo. This is one of the more remote courses in Ireland but as a result of that it has one of the most amazing locations for a golf course anywhere in the World.

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The Final Day of the 2015 Social Media Links Challenge will be played at Enniscrone Golf Club on Sunday 16th August 2015. This outstanding links course will provide a fitting finale to 3 days of sublime links golf on the West Coast of Ireland. The winning team this week will certainly deserve their prize!

Enniscrone GCThe entry fee per person is only €149 Golf only (€298 per Team of 2) with the following Play & Stay Packages available through GolfVoyager.com (Accommodation is currently available at the Hotel Ballina which is less than 1 hour’s drive from Carne, approximately 45 minutes from County Sligo and only 15 minutes from Enniscrone GC.)

2 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf – €235 per person sharing
3 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf – €279 per person sharing
4 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf – €319 per person sharing

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First Prize for the Social Media Links Challenge is a 4 night & 3 rounds of golf holiday for 4 people (to the Pestana Hotels in the Algarve) including FREE GOLF to come back and Defend the Title in 2016 along with the SM Links Challenge Trophy to take home for the year! Other prizes include golf vouchers for Carne Golf Links, County Sligo GC and Enniscrone GC and many other golf related goodies from Ogio Golf.

The format of the Tournament will be a Pairs Event with 2 scores to count each day on holes 9 and 18 with 1 score to count on the other holes (1-8, 10-17). 3/4 Handicaps will apply for the event as well.

If you have any queries on the Social Media Links Challenge or would like to enter a team you can email smlinkschallenge@gmail.com. You can also follow the event on Twitter @SMLinks or like them on Facebook.

Hope to see you on the links in August!

Inaugural Social Media Links Challenge

The Inaugural Social Media Links Challenge took place from Tuesday 29th – Thursday 31st July 2014 at Carne Golf Links, County Sligo Golf Club & Enniscrone Golf Club. Fighting the interest in the Galway Races the same week, numbers were a little lower than hoped for but a decent crowd of enthusiastic golfers made their way west for a true test of golf on some of the finest links courses on the Emerald Isle.

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Day 1 took us to one of the westernmost points in Ireland (and probably one of the westernmost golf courses in the country), the amazing Carne Golf Links. This course is set in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, Belmullet, which some of the most awe-inspiring golf holes to be seen anywhere. A decent links day with some wind but not a gale as can blow in off the Atlantic from what we were told! The leaders on Day 1 were the Deasy brothers, Liam and John, who shot a great 47 points to lead by 3 from Conor Sheehan & Niall Lenihan and Irene & Damian Bolger on 44 points. Other notable scores were Conor Galvin & Gary Cormican on 42 points and Fintan Ward & Brian McMahon on 40. For most of the teams it was back to Ballina and to the Auld Shebeen for the latter part of the evening, with a bit of help from Muldooney Whiskey Liqueur!

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There were some groggy heads the next morning at breakfast in the Downhill Inn hotel in Ballina, but everybody was ready for the test that would be provided by County Sligo Golf Club. The rain dominated much of the round but when the clouds cleared on the back 9 it was a complete joy to be out on the links. Best score of the day again with to the Deasy brothers, shooting 42 points in trying conditions, while the next best was Fintan & Brian on 41 which catapulted them into a tie for 3rd place with the Bolgers. Conor & Niall shot 38 points to hang onto 2nd place but now 7 shots behind Liam and John.

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Another good night in Ballina was had with the Auld Shebeen becoming our official 19th Hole! The final round was held at the excellent Enniscrone GC and we were given a very warm welcome on arrival on Thursday 31st July, by the staff, members and the weather too! The wind was light but the sand dunes alone would provide a stern test anyway. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all and we were delighted that Honourary Secretary, Albie O’Connor, could attend the Prize Giving after golf. The Deasy brothers again shot the best score on the day, 39 points, for a 13 shot victory over Tony Regazzoli & Tom Kennedy, who managed to climb the leaderboard with 38 points on the final day. Third place went to Fintan & Brian while Conor & Niall took 4th and the Bolgers claimed 5th place.

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Three tremendous days of links golf were over and each and every had enjoyed themselves immensely – Carne Golf Links, County Sligo GC & Enniscrone GC had provided three fantastic tests and from the feedback we received a lot of the players will be returning to play golf in the West very soon! The overall winner’s prize included the SM Links Challenge Trophy, a Golf Holiday to Portugal for 4 people courtesy of Tournament Partner Golf Voyager, 2 bottles of Muldoon Whiskey and Free Golf to Defend the Title in 2015! Many thanks must go to all Tournament Partners & Sponsors – Golf Voyager, Muldoon Irish Whiskey, PGE Golf, Just Treats Golf, Robinson Squash’d and our 3 venues, Carne Golf Links, Co Sligo & Enniscrone!

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Plans are already being put together for the 2015 Social Media Links Challenge, if you would like to enter drop us a line on smlinkschallenge@gmail.com, give us a follow on Twitter or like our Facebook page for updates! Hope to see you on the links next year!!