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.

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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!

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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!!

Heritage Golf Resort 12 Days of Christmas 2015

The Heritage Golf Resort are back with their 12 Days of Christmas with 12 offers over the next 12 days! Check them out over the coming days. Along with the offers they will be offering Half Price Golf Buggies every day.

12 Days of Christmas

Day 1, Wednesday 9th December – Book your Society today for 2016 and get 1 in 12 free (based on groups of 12 or more), plus Half Price Golf Buggies today

Day 2, Thursday 10th December – Get 12% off 12 months membership at the Golf Academy, plus Half Price Golf Buggies today

Day 3, Friday 11th December – Friday Night Pizza & Pint at The Thatch Bar only €5 per person, plus Half Price Golf Buggies today

Day 4, Saturday 12th December – 20% off all logo clothing & non-sale footwear in the Golf Shop, plus Half Price Golf Buggies today

Day 5, Sunday 13th December – Book 4 for Sunday Lunch and pay for 3 at Sol Oriens Italian Restaurant, plus Half Price Golf Buggies today

Day 6, Monday 14th December – FREE Pint with all Adult Main Courses, plus Half Price Golf Buggies today

Day 7, Tuesday 15th December – 12% off all vouchers for Golf, Golf School and F&B in the Clubhouse (Phone orders only), plus Half Price Golf Buggies today

Day 8, Wednesday 16th December – Book a Society outing or Play & Stay package today and be entered into a draw for a Green Fee Voucher for 12 golfers, plus Half Price Golf Buggies today

Day 9, Thursday 17th December – Buy 1 Get 1 Free on all Rib Dishes, plus Half Price Buggies today

Seve The HeritageDay 10, Friday 18th December – Get a voucher for 12 Large Buckets of Range Balls for Half Price, plus Half Price Golf Buggies today

Day 11, Saturday 19th December – Fourball for €120 with Selected Main Courses for €12 in the Clubhouse, plus Half Price Golf Buggies today. Book online HERE!

Day 12, Sunday 20th December – 12% off Leix Course Membership plus Half Price Buggies today

Any queries on the 12 Days of Christmas at The Heritage Golf Resort please call +353-57-8642321 or email info@heritageresort.ie.

PGA Championship Week at The Heritage

The Heritage Golf Club will run a number of Open Competitions during PGA Championship Week, starting with their Seve Series Singles on Monday 10th August and culminating with their Bubba Blues Challenge on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th August! The midweek entry fee is only €25 per person while you can add a Cowboy Steak from Judge Roy Beans for just another €10, the entry fee over the weekend is €40 per person.

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1st Prize for each competition during “Major Open Week” will be 1 Night’s B&B for 4 people in The Heritage Luxury “Augusta” Apartment along with a Round of Golf for 4! You can book online by clicking HERE, phone bookings are also available by calling the Golf Shop on 057-8642321 while you can also email info@heritageresort.ie with any queries. Remember €1 from every Green Fee in 2015 will be donated between Temple Street Children’s Hospital & The Cuisle Centre.

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!

Open Week at The Ballesteros Course

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The Ballesteros Course at The Heritage will host its Open Week from Monday 21st – Sunday 27th July with some great events and prices to match. The following is the rundown of events next week:

Monday 21st July – Singles

Tuesday 22nd July – 4 Person Team Event

Wednesday 23rd July – Singles

Thursday 24th July – 4 Person Team Event

Friday 25th July – Singles

Sunday 27th July – Singles

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The entry fees for the midweek Singles competitions are €25 per person with the Sunday Singles at €30pp, the team events cost only €100 per team. There will be prizes worth over €3,000 to be played so to be in with a chance to win just call 057-8642321 or email golf@theheritage.com.

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Enniscrone Golf Club – Early Season Offers

Enniscrone Golf Club is one of my favourite courses in Ireland, and therefore the World! It is a true gem of a links course and has some of the most spectacular golf holes over its 18-hole layout.

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They have some great early season offers at the moment. For the month of March 2 Players can play The Dunes Championship Course for only €80 including Golf Buggy and for Month of April 4 players can play The Dunes Championship Course for €200 to include Tea/Coffee on arrival, Round of Golf and a Main Course after play!

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The Enniscrone Golf Club Open Week also starts on June 23rd. You can contact Christina on 096-36297 to book any of the above offers or to get more details about their Open Week. There are some fantastic Membership offers available too, so much so I’ll be considering Country Membership while I am in Ghana!! One fantastic membership deal is a new 1st year Full Membership for only €266!! This deal applies to ladies or gents that have not been a member of a golf club for at least 5 years, that’s one helluva way to get back into golf if you’ve taken a break from the game or take up the game itself.

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Make sure to give the code TKSD to avail of their great early season offers! You can check out the Enniscrone Golf Club website for some more great photos, further details on their 2013 offers, membership packages and all what you wanted to know about this superb golf course on Ireland’s west coast.