Experience Ireland Invitational 2019

Experience Ireland Invitational

James (The Caddy Guy) letting rip at Killarney’s Killeen Course

Experience Ireland Golf & Travel is delighted to return to Killarney Golf & Fishing Club for the 3rd Annual Experience Ireland Invitational Tournament on Monday 29th October 2019!

Over 90 golfers, from all over the Irish Golf & Tourism Industry and further afield, took part in our 2nd Annual Tournament on Monday 29th October 2018, in lovely golfing conditions beside the beautiful lakes of Killarney. We’re hoping for similar numbers and definitely similar weather as we look forward to welcoming teams from all over Ireland!

This year’s Tournament will once again be a Team of 4 Event with 2 scores to count towards what will hopefully be a winning score! Defending Champions were Captained by Steve Shine last year, a member of Castlerosse Golf Club, and we hope they will be making a defence of their title this year. Full Tournament details are as follows:

The team from the Great Southern Killarney enjoying our Invitational Day in 2018!

Experience Ireland Invitational 2019

  • Date – Monday 28th October 2019
  • Venue – Killeen Course, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
  • Format – Team of 4, 2 scores to count on each hole
  • Event Package – Breakfast Baps on arrival, Round of Golf & Main Course after Play
  • Entry Fee – €220 per Team of 4 / €55 per person
  • Hole Sponsorship – €180 per Hole
  • Team Entry & Hole Sponsorship – €350

 

If you would like to enter a team please EMAIL US. We look forward to hearing back from you soon and hopefully seeing you in October for our Invitational Tournament!

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Social Media Open 2020

Social Media Open 2019

The Cashen Course’s 16th Hole

The Social Media Open has been going since 2013 at some of the finest golf courses in Ireland – Adare GC, Ballybunion, Castlemartyr, Dooks, Doonbeg, Mount Juliet, Old Head and Tralee. Next year is no different!

The Social Media Open returns next April for its 8th Annual Tournament! The venues of 2016, 2017 & 2018 and 2019 return once more as well – namely, The Old & Cashen Course at Ballybunion Golf Club, along with Tralee Golf Links & Dooks Golf Links to make up 4 tremendous tests of golf. The dates for the Event will be Tuesday 21st – Friday 24th April 2020.

Day 1 of The 2019 Social Media Open will involve a 2-course start at the Cashen Course & Old Course at Ballybunion Golf Club on Tuesday 21st April with half the field playing on the Cashen and the other half taking on the Old Course for the 1st Round. The Cashen Course, opened in 1982 and designed by renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones Senior, requires acute precision especially off the tee as fairways frequently disappear around corners. The careless tee shots can easily run out of fairway and find their golf ball buried in the marram grass, hopefully there won’t be many of them next April! The ‘BallyB’ website puts it well in that “if the Cashen Course at Ballybunion Golf Club was anywhere else it would attract far more attention and plaudits than it does. It’s hard on a girl if her older sister is Sophia Loren!”

Ballybunion’s 10th Green & 11 Tee

The 2nd Day of The 2019 Social Media Open will again involve a 2-course start taking in the World famous Old Course and Cashen Course at Ballybunion Golf Club on Wednesday 22nd April. The famous English golf writer, Peter Dobereiner said of BallyB’s Old Course: “If sheer pleasure is the yardstick, then Ballybunion’s Old Course gets my vote as the No. 1 in the world”. According to Ivan Morris’ editorial on the Ballybunion GC website, “by the mid-1970s, there was a growing trickle of well-read, international visitors that overnight turned into a flood in 1982 when Tom Watson made his famous off the cuff eulogy after accepting the Claret Jug at Royal Troon: ‘Nobody can call himself a golfer until he has played at Ballybunion; you would think the game originated there!’ Ever since, the North Kerry links has been one of the most lucrative and recognizable brands in world golf. Knowledgeable golfers realize that if they haven’t played golf at Ballybunion their golfing education is gravely incomplete”.

Social Media Open 2019

Tralee’s iconic 17th Hole

The 3rd Round of The 2019 Social Media Open will take place at the tremendous Tralee Golf Links on Thursday 23rd April! Course designer, Arnold Palmer, claims credit for the front 9 but has always maintained that “God designed the back 9”, unfortunately for all golf fans Mr Palmer has now passed on but we can luckily still enjoy his amazing work in County Kerry. Tralee Golf Links only opened in 1984 but has been getting rave review ever since, as PGA Tour player Kevin Stadler attests to…. “My favourite courses are Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Tralee Golf Club”. Not bad company eh! Beautiful views of Kerry’s picturesque surrounds and beaches are the perfect backdrop and the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean make up an ideal soundtrack to bring the curtain down on what we promise will be another excellent week of craic, with a bit of golf in between!!

Dooks’ Par-3 4th Hole

The Final Round of The 2020 Social Media Open takes us back to Dooks Golf Links in Glenbeigh. This beautifully located links course was a favourite of many a team last April and it promises to present a great golfing test once more along with the now famous Dooks welcome! Also known for its narrow links fairways and well contoured greens, you will get a real taste of traditional links golf at its very best. The west Kerry scenery and a scattering of gorse, heather and wild flowers will go down a treat as well. Dooks has been welcoming golfers since 1889 and the course has gone from strength to strength each year, we are very much looking forward to returning here on Friday 24th April!

There will be a new format for the Event from previous years – Par 4s & Par 5s:
Both players tee off and pick one tee shot, from this spot both players then play their own ball from there. The first player to play will be the player whose tee shot is chosen (Play as Lie depending on the Local Rules on the day), the 2nd player may then place their ball within a scorecard not nearer the hole. Par 3s: Both players play their own ball for the duration of the hole Team of 2 with both scores on holes 9 & 18 and 1 score to count on the other holes each (3/4 Handicaps apply) – while the Tournament packages are as follows:

  • Golf Only – €409 per person / €818 per Team of 2
  • Play & Stay 3 nights – €579 per person sharing / €1,158 per Team of 2
  • Play & Stay 4 nights – €689 per person sharing / €1,378 per Team of 2 (includes Prize Giving Dinner)
  • Play & Stay 5 nights – €749 per person sharing / €1,498 per Team of 2 (includes Prize Giving Dinner)

Other Packages available on Request – Contact Us for details.

Along with the great golf and awesome accommodation there will also be some “social gatherings” organised over the course of the few days, always something to look forward to post-round! We are looking forward to another great few days of golf & craic in the South West of Ireland and hope you can join us next April! If you have any queries regarding The 2020 Social Media Open please email info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-64-6622830.

Kinsale’s Cathal Butler wins Mid-West Alliance Event at gorgeous Galway Bay

The 2018 Mid-West Alliance continued on Sunday 25th February in beautiful sunshine at conditions at Galway Bay Golf Resort. After a frosty start to the morning play got underway in the late morning with a field of 58 teeing it up. The course was in fantastic condition and much thanks must go to all the team there and especially Business Development Manager – Dave Wensley, their GM – Barry Phelan, Course Superintendent – Damien Coleman and Assistant Superintendent – Gary Byrne.

It was the young promising Irish international golfer from Kinsale Golf Club, Cathal Butler, that blitzed the field by 6 shots, finishing with 3 birdies for a 3 under par 39 points that was the best score of the day and also took the Category 1 Top Prize too. Cian Daly from Castletroy GC posted 33 points to claim 2nd in Cat 1 while in Category 2 (4-9 Handicap) Shannon’s Lewy Halpin triumphed with 31 points from Jason Ryan of Dromoland who was 1 shot back on 30pts. 1st Place is the new Over 45s Category (sponsored by Kemmy Stonecraft) was taken by Castletroy’s Stephen Moloney on 32 points with Ed Hayes of Ballybunion the best of those on 31 points on the back 6!

Thanks to all for making the trip to Galway Bay and we look forward to seeing a lot of the #mwagolf competitors for our upcoming Events:

Ballykisteen – Sunday 11th March; Dooks – Saturday 17th March; Dromoland – Sunday 25th March; Dromoland – Sunday 1st April and our last Event at The Heritage on Monday 2nd April. Our Top 18 Shootout (Top 6 from each Category) will then take place at Doonbeg on Sunday 8th April!

Thanks again to Titleist for their continued support of the Mid-West Alliance and also to our 2018 sponsors – The Caddy Guy Ireland, Kemmy Stonecraft & Experience Ireland Golf & Travel. Any queries on the Mid-West Alliance 2018 please contact David Foley (+353-86-6021968) or Tom Kennedy (+353-87-6453537 / tom@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com).

Mid-West Alliance 2018 Season Tees off at Doonbeg

The 2018 Mid-West Alliance season started on Sunday 18th February, after the 1st Event at Dromoland unfortunately fell foul of the weather the week before, in testing windy conditions at Trump International Golf Links Ireland (Doonbeg). Heading up the field was 2017 MWA Champ and Irish Amateur Open 2017 Champion, Peter O’Keeffe from Douglas. Joining him were many Irish internationals – young and old – plus many of the region’s best and brightest golfers. We even had a few lads down from the North and from all over Ireland which was great to see.

75 golfers in total took to the course on the day with Castletroy’s Dave Carroll coming in with 32 points – Gross Stableford scoring format – being the best score of the day in blustery west Clare! He pipped Andrew MacCormack in Category 1 (3 handicap & lower) on the Countback with a slightly better back 9. In Category 2 (4-9 Handicap) Jason Twomey took the spoils with 29 points from Adare’s Laurence Kelly in 2nd on 28 points. Our new Over 45s Category (sponsored by Kemmy Stonecraft) begun with Gerard Maher taking 1st place on 30 points while Mid-West Alliance veteran, Fergus Harrold, was 2nd after posting 27 points.

Many thanks to all for making the trip to Doonbeg and we look forward to seeing a lot of you for our 2nd Event at Galway Bay on Sunday 25th February. Thanks again to Titleist for their continued support of the Mid-West Alliance and also to our 2018 sponsors – The Caddy Guy Ireland, Kemmy Stonecraft & Experience Ireland Golf & Travel. Any queries on the Mid-West Alliance 2018 please contact David Foley (+353-86-6021968) or Tom Kennedy (+353-87-6453537 / tom@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com).

Experience Ireland Golfers Giveaway

Experience Ireland Golf & Travel is delighted to announce their Golfers Giveaway – consisting of 6 rounds of Golf & 7 nights accommodation with Airport & Golf Transfers included as well for 4 people!!

Golf is included at The Royal Dublin Golf Club, Portmarnock Links, The Heritage, Dooks Golf Links, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club and Ballybunion Cashen Course. Accommodation will include 1 night in Dublin, 1 night at The Heritage Resort and 5 nights in Killarney!!

To be in with a chance of winning this very special prize just subscribe to the Experience Ireland Newsletter via the #eigtravel Homepage or email your details to info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com!

You can also enter during The PGA Show as Experience Ireland Golf & Travel will be attending and exhibiting as part of the Tourism Ireland stand. Of course a Like and a Share via our Facebook Page or a RT on Twitter wouldn’t hurt your chances of winning either!!

The lucky winner will be announced on Friday 26th January 2018 at The PGA Show!! Best of luck with your entries.

Experience Ireland Golf & Travel Invitational 2017

Experience Ireland Golf & Travel (EIGT), hosted its Inaugural EIGT Invitational Day at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club on Friday 3rd November 2017.

Nearly 80 golfers, from all over the Irish Tourism Industry and further afield, took part on the day, in glorious sunshine beside the beautiful lakes of Killarney. A 12pm Shotgun Start got all the golfers on the course at the same time and many of them made the most of the fantastic weather and great condition of the Killeen Course at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club in posting some superb scores on the day.

Following the golf, there was a Craft Beer Tasting with Carlow Brewing Company while Halewood Wines & Spirits were on hand to give the attendees some of the finest whiskeys & gins to sample. Dinner was provided by the new caterers at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club – Geraldine, David & Team – which went down a treat after a great day’s golf. The Inaugural Winners of The EIGT Invitational were representing Killeen House Hotel, in the form of Stephen Foley & Derek Kelly who shot 47 points on the day. They went away with a Motocaddy Golf Bag each plus The Invitational Shield and hats from The Caddy Guy Ireland – a fantastic haul!

Derek Kelly (representing Killeen House) picking up the Winners Prizes

The Carlow Brewing team came 2nd on 44 pts, on the countback from Mount Wolseley (Eamonn O’Donnell & Michael White) who finished 3rd on the same score. The 43s were next – Trump Doonbeg (Kevin Kenny & Michael) were 4th while the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club team consisting of Lady Captain Sheila Crowley and outgoing President Breda Duggan. Derek Kelly also picked up the Nearest the Pin prize while Jason O’Leary from Dromoland claimed the Longest Drive with one of the final tee shots of the day on Killeen’s 18th Hole.

The feedback was fantastic from the golfers, both about the condition of the golf course and also the meal served afterwards. Of course, Experience Ireland Golf & Travel were also commended on somehow organising a summer’s day in November!!

Alice Thompson and Tom Kennedy of EIGT both spoke about the company and its plan for the future, including its 2018 Tournaments of which there are 4 – The Social Media Open in April, Social Media Parkland Championship in June, Social Media Open North in July and Social Media Links Challenge in August.

Alice Thompson of EIGT told us “It was great to have such a tremendous turnout on the day, and the support was greatly appreciated, especially in the off season for a lot of people. We hope to make it an Annual Tournament in the future! Many thanks as well to Cormac Flannery, Aoife Nolan, Geraldine and David McCarthy and all the Team at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club for their support in putting the Event together. Big thanks also to our Invitational Tournament Partners – Motocaddy, The Brand Geeks, Carlow Brewing Company, Halewood Wines & Spirits, Elite Events, Krave, Mount Wolseley, The Caddy Guy Ireland – for adding that little extra to The Inaugural Experience Ireland Golf & Travel Invitational!! We hope to see you all again next year”.

Let Experience Ireland Golf & Travel create your next Irish Experience! Our contact details are as follows: Office: 064-6622830; Mobile: 087-4629944 email: info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com.

Experience Ireland Golf & Travel

Experience all that is great about Ireland with Experience Ireland Golf & Travel! Great golf course, heavenly hotels, stunning sightseeing tours and much much more!!

At Experience Ireland Golf & Travel we design beautifully bespoke itineraries, with overnights in some of the most outstanding hotels in Ireland, golf on Ireland’s top courses and all in the comfort of your own luxury VIP chauffeur driven vehicle. We are your exclusive agent who will add the personal touch and most importantly we are local so we can guarantee you a truly Irish Experience.

The Experience Ireland team has well over 30 years experience in Golf & Hospitality which they will use to the maximum when putting your Tour to Ireland together. Alice Thompson brings an amazing array of skills to the EIGT table through working at Beaufort Golf Club, as Guest Relations Manager at the magnificent Merrion Hotel in Dublin and also as “General Legend” with one of Ireland’s most successful Luxury Chauffeur Companies, J O’Callaghan & Sons, for many years. Alice’s attention to detail and wide knowledge of Golf, Sightseeing, Transport and Hotels is the perfect mix to plan your dream trip to Ireland. Tom Kennedy brings an in-depth knowledge of Ireland’s golf courses, some say he has visited every corner of these looking for his errant golf shots while there are only a handful of people that have tried more craft beer in Ireland than Tom! He also knows a thing or 2 about the finer restaurant in the country as well. An unique combination if we do say so ourselves.

Our services are wide ranging and include putting together some of the finest Golf Itineraries together for your next Golf Trip to Ireland! Experience some of the finest Castles, heavenly Hotels & Stately Homes on your next staycation through EIGT. Sightseeing is also a speciality of ours and we can plan an amazing Itinerary including the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and beyond! All of these wonderful ways to experience Ireland can also be put together along with your very own Luxury VIP Vehicle to take you there in style.

Let us create an unique Irish Experience on your next trip to the Emerald Isle. We are passionate about Ireland and have the experience in Golf & Hospitality to back that up! If you would like Experience Ireland Golf & Travel to put together an epic Irish Experience for your next trip get in touch via Email or give us a call on +353-64-6622830. We look forward to hearing from you!