Society Challenge 2017 at Dooks Golf Links

The delightful Dooks Golf Links will host our Society Challenge for the 2nd year running on Saturday 28th October with the 1st Prize on offer being a FREE OUTING FOR 16 GOLFERS! The County Kerry course has been welcoming visitors since 1889 and is a fantastic venue for all levels of players.

The format of the day itself is a Team of 4 competition with 2 scores to count on each hole, full handicaps apply. The entry fee per Team is €200 (€50 per person) which includes a Breakfast Bap with Tea/Coffee on arrival, your Round of Golf of course and a Main Course after play in the Clubhouse.

You can book your team in Online or if you have any queries please call +353-87-6453537 or email smopen@tomkennedygolf.com.

Make sure to check out Dooks on Twitter and Facebook as well!

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Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament

The Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament will take in 5 prestigious parkland golf course within the Belfast area – Malone Golf Club; Royal Belfast Golf Club; Holywood Golf Club; Belvoir Park Golf Club & Shandon Park Golf Club have come together to offer this unique tournament from Monday 4th – Friday 8th July 2016.

Royal Belfast GC

You will play in this Titanic-esque event where your best 3 cumulative scores count over 5 days. 5 separate daily tournaments will also be available to book during the week on individual days, but all bookings must be pre-booked and paid for prior to the tournament commencing.

The itinerary is as follows:

  • Monday 4th July 2016: Malone Golf Club
  • Tuesday 5th July 2016: Royal Belfast Golf Club
  • Wednesday 6th July 2016: Holywood Golf Club
  • Thursday 7th July 2016: Belvoir Park Golf Club
  • Friday 8th July 2016: Shandon Park Golf Club

Belvoir Park GC

There are various Tournament Packages available:

  • Play 5 Tournament Rounds: £175.00 GBP pp: Choose to Play all Tournament Venues (Best 3 Scores)
  • Play 4 Tournament Rounds: £160.00 GBP pp: Choose 4 Tournament Venues (Best 3 Scores)
  • Play 3 Tournament Rounds: £120.00 GBP pp: Choose 3 Tournament Venues (All Scores)

Who will be crowned as the Belfast Parkland International Champion in July? To enter get in touch with Patrick Aiken from TheGolfPA.com on +44-28-7032-6707 or email info@thegolfpa.com.

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.

Arnold Palmer Invitational – Tournament Preview

The Florida swing sets down at Bayhill this week for what should be a very open tournament indeed, especially keeping in mind the fact that Tiger Woods will now not be in the field due to his withdrawl through injury. Some worry about him making The Masters as well as a result of his troublesome back problems. Anyway, back to this week at Arnie’s place……..John has 3 picks for you to hopefully make you a few euro, Justin Rose was going well until the back 9 on Sunday last week so we are hoping these lads can make it all the way through 72 holes in or around the lead!

Bayhill  A-Palmer-Invitational

Patrick Reed
Wyndham Championship - Final Round
John hopes you’re not annoyed with Reed’s bravado, calling himself one of the top five golfers in the world. The truth is that belief has been backed up by his two wins in his last six starts and an amateur pedigree matched by very few lends itself to the credence that Reed will compete each and every week. Reed won the 2006 Junior Open Championship the last time The Open itself was staged at Hoylake so he could also be a sneaky fancy for The Open this year too, just saying! He has some interesting swing mechanics, but you don’t need to swing pretty to win. While Reed missed the cut last year in his only appearance at Bay Hill, that was before he figured out how to win on Tour. His approach to winning by treating every round as a Monday qualifier has worked well so far! Count DC among the believers and with best price of 33/1 with BetVictor and Ladbrokes with 5 places or 28/1 with Paddy at 6 places he could be a great each way bet this week.
Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson
Right behind Reed at Doral was Watson, who is in as good form as we have ever seen him in. He’s made a run in match play this year, has a win at the Northern Trust Open, a T2 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and two other top 10′s. His only real issue at Bay Hill will be closing strong after what is normally a solid opening round. He has a T4 here in 2012, the year he won The Masters, and he also has three missed cuts through the years. This is the best and most focused season of golf we’ve seen Watson play and he’s always shown a propensity to put low numbers on his scorecard. His issue has been limiting the damage during those bad rounds, and this year has seen him do that week in and week out. Bubba is best price 12/1 favourite pretty much across the board, remember Paddy and Stan (James) are offering 6 places with the other giving 5.
Adam Scott
Adam Scott
Scott, last year’s Masters winner is also in the field. Really, you can’t go wrong with Scotty this week while Watson is likely the hottest player on overall form. Do not discount Scott based on Bubba’s form though. He hung around at Doral, but never really made a move. That’s okay, because his T25 followed what had been five terrific tournament starts. He hasn’t played the Arnold Palmer Invitational since 2009, when he missed the cut, and truthfully he didn’t tear up Bay Hill in year’s prior either. He is, however, in good form and with an eye on reaching No. 1 in the World the motivation is well and truly there to win each time he tees it up. Anytime you have a guy with his pedigree who has been playing at his prime, you could do a lot wrong than putting a few quid on him. The first Masters winner from Australia is best price 14/1 with Stan & Paddy (6 places) to triumph at Arnie’s place this week.
So the above are John’s picks for the Arnold Palmer Invitation at Bayhill! As usual you can give John feedback via Twitter on @johnalandeasy ! Prices accurate as of 1.00pm on 19/03/2014 via Oddschecker.com

Valspar Championship Tournament Preview

So we’re still enjoying the Florida Swing, will be for a while yet! John has dragged himself away from his Cheltenham form book to hopefully pick a winner on the PGA Tour this week. He got close last week with Dustin Johnson so here’s to hoping he will go a few better this time around in the Valspar Championship. After the Beat Trap 2 weeks ago and the Blue Monster last week we’re onto Snake Pit at Innisbrook now!
Valspar Championship
Tampa Bay Championship - Round One    Innisbrook2
DC’s pick are as follows:
Jason Dufner
dufner
We know now that when Dufner begins to get hot, look out. Well, Dufner has begun to get hot and John is jumping on board right away. He scored fifth at the Hyundai TOC, made a run in match play and tied for ninth at the WGC-Cadillac despite a final round 76. When he began to warm up last year he capitalised with a major win at the PGA Championship. He’s consistently been inside the top 25 at this event over the last five years and DC likes him to be in the top 10 at least this week. “The Duff” is best price 28/1 with Paddy Power who are also paying 6 places!
Luke Donald
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Donald’s entering his fifth start of the season, which is one tournament more than he typically has at this point. Whether that means anything or not, his game seems to agree well with Innisbrook with a T6 in 2010, a win in 2012 and a T4 last year. In the week that is in it we could be looking at horses for courses and Luuuuuke fits the bill here, he is best price 20/1 with Paddy Power again due to them offering 6 places.
Graeme DeLaet
Graeme DeLaet
After a blistering start to the year the Northern bandit has cooled down slightly. Hopefully this will be the week he rejuvenate his season. John has tipped him up a few times and his form is reflected in a price of 33/1 best with Ladbrokes.
Justin Rose
justin rose2
Big odds this week across the board with best price of 25/1 with Paddy Power (6 places!). He struggled a little with injury in January and February but that is now behind and this big a price is too good to let slide. Get on JR says JDC!
So they are John’s thoughts on the Valspar Championship! As usual you can give John feedback via Twitter on @johnalandeasy ! Prices accurate as of 8.45pm on 12/03/2014 via Oddschecker.com

Open Week at The Heritage

One of Ireland’s best courses plays host to their Open Week next week as the Ballesterous course at The Heritage stages some superb competitions from Monday 22nd – Friday 26th July. Golfers will compete for prizes worth over €3,000 with sponsors ak Golf, Colgan Sports, Milne O’Dwyer, Connolly Red Mills and Capricorn Properties Ltd providing many of them.

18th Hole Heritage

The Ballesterous course at The Heritage remains one of the finest courses in the country along with being one of the best maintainted. I was lucky enough to work here for 15 months and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, the 9th & 18th holes being one of the many highlights both running alongside each other on either side of the huge lake in front of the majestic clubhouse. Take my word for it that this is a superb golf course but check it out for yourself at the same time!

Seve Ballesteros 25/06/2001 at Killenard. Picture: Alf Harvey.

The lineup for The Heritage Open Week is as follows:

Monday 22nd July – Open Singles

Tuesday 23rd July – 4 Person Team Event

Wednesday 24th July – Open Singles

Thursday 25th July – 4 Person Team Event

Friday 26th July – Open Singles

The entry fee for the Singles competitions is €25 per person while the team entry fee is €100 per team of 4. For bookings call 057 8642321 or email golf@theheritage.coim, you can also follow The Ballesteros course on twitter (@TheHeritageGC ). Enjoy your golf next week after enjoying watching it this weekend!!

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