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!!

 

 

Enniscrone Golf Club – Jewel of the West

One of my favourite golf courses in Ireland is Enniscrone Golf Club. And it’s easy to see why. Fantastic location on the west coast of Ireland and some of the most spectacular links golf holes you’ll find anywhere. The stretch of holes from 11 home to the Clubhouse in particular are absolutely amazing and what links golf is all about!

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Enniscrone have some great competitions and events coming up over the next few months, and at great rates too!! Their Open Week starts on Monday 23rd June and runs until Friday 27th with green fees during those few days only €30 per person! Some sponsors for the week’s competitions include The Ice House Hotel & Spa; Hollister ULC; Mount Falcon Hotel and the Diamond Coast Hotel. For more information call 096-36297 or email enniscronegolf@eircom.net.

July is a busy month for Enniscrone and also Carne & County Sligo with the Atlantic Coast Golf Challenge and also the Social Media Links Challenge coming to these tremendous three tests of links golf either end of the month. First up is the Atlantic Coast Golf Challenge which takes place from Monday 7th – Wednesday 9th July, this is a Team of 3 event with an Individual Competition also on during the 3 days. The entry fee is a mere €139 per person or €70 for Members. Next up in late July is the Social Media Links Challenge, this will be a Team of 2 Tournament with an entry fee of also €139 per person. 1st Prize will be a 4 day golfing holiday to Pestana in Portugal for the winning team (flights not included) through Tournament Partner, Golf Voyager. If you have any queries on this event you can email smlinkschallenge@gmail.com.

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In September, from Monday 1st – Thursday 4th, Enniscrone will join Donegal GC, Bundoran GC & Strandhill in hosting the West Coast Challenge in a 3-person Team Event played over these 4 course in 4 days. More great value here, only €130 per golfer! For further details check out www.westcoastchallenge.info.

Enniscrone are also part of the Sligo Links Golf Pass where you can play County Sligo GC, Enniscrone & Strandhill for just €139!! Other fantastic deals through Enniscrone Golf Club include Overseas Membership for just €300 per annum which includes a 50% discount on green fees at Portrush, Portstewart, Co Sligo, Carne, Donegal, Nairn & Portnoo, Rosapenna, Ardglass, Ballyliffin and Connemara. You can also avail of Overseas Life Membership for only €4,000 for over 55s, €6,000 for under 55s and also Husband & Wife.

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Check out Enniscrone this year and you’ll enjoy one of the finest links courses in the country. Give them a follow on twitter too if you’re a tweeting golfer, you can find them @EnniscroneGolf!

Social Media Links Challenge

The Inaugural Social Media Links Challenge will take in 3 of the finest links courses in Ireland over 3 days when it tees off in late July. Carne Golf Links, County Sligo Golf Club and Enniscrone Golf Club are the respective venues from Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st July.

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Day 1 on Tuesday 29th July 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.

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The 2nd Day’s play will be hosted at West of Ireland Amateur Open venue, County Sligo Golf Club. This world renowned course will test each and every player as they strive to get into the leading groups before the Final Round the following day.

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The Final Day of the Inaugural Social Media Links Challenge will be played at Enniscrone Golf Club. 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 €139 Golf only (€278 per Team of 2) with Play & Stay Packages available through GolfVoyager.com – Golf plus 2 nights accommodation €255 per person sharing B&B or Golf plus 3 nights accommodation €290 per person sharing B&B. Accommodation is currently available at the Downhill Inn Hotel in Ballina which is less than 1 hour’s drive from Carne, approximately 45 minutes from County Sligo and only 15 minutes from Enniscrone GC.

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First Prize for the Social Media Links Challange is a 4 night & 4 rounds of golf holiday to Pestana in the Algarve for 4 people including FREE GOLF to come back and Defend the Title in 2015 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.

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 July!