Society Challenge at Dooks Golf Links

The delightful Dooks Golf Links will host a Society Challenge on Saturday 29th 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 along with their great Membership Offers too!

Masters Week 2016 at The Heritage

It’s that time of year again. Azaleas, Magnolia Lane, Amen Corner. It could only be Augusta and The Masters! In conjunction with the first Major of the year, The Heritage Golf Club are running a series of Open Competition that week and will also offer each golfers a voucher for a Free Round of Golf is Jason Day dons The Green Jacket!!

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The schedule of Competitions are as follows:
Thursday 7th April, Team of 4 for €30 per person
Friday 8th April, Open Singles for €30 per person
Saturday 9th April, Back Tees Challenge for €40 per person
Sunday 10th April, Back Tees Challenge for €40 per person
Book by calling 057-8642321, online via our Website or by email on info@heritageresort.ie.

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!

The Social Media Open 2016

The 2016 Social Media Open will be the 4th Annual staging of the ever growing tournament! The dates for your diary are Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd April 2016.  We will also see two new golf courses added to the 2016 roster with Dooks Golf Club and Tralee Golf Links joining forces with the previously visited golf courses at Ballybunion Golf ClubThe Old Course and The Cashen Course.

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Day one of The 2016 Social Media Open will start off the week on the wonderful Cashen Course at Ballybunion on Tuesday 19th April 2016. Often lost in the shadow of its older sister, The Old Course, The Cashen serves up a great test for all levels of golfers. Opened in 1982 and designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior (who also designed Adare GC among other golfing design gems), The Cashen will set us up for a great week of golf and craic. Keep it on the fairways around here though, the Cashen course won’t shy away from punishing a careless golfer, not that that will be a problem next April!! The Cashen Course at Ballybunion is built on what Jones Snr called “the finest piece of links-land that I have ever seen, and perhaps the finest piece of links-land in the world.”

Day two of T2015-04-15 14.58.12he 2016 Social Media Open will see us take on the aforementioned older sister, The Old Course at BallyB on Wednesday 20th April! After tackling the Cashen Course, what better way to follow it up than to play this 1893 vintage classic? The Old Course has been voted one of the best in the world by every golf publication worth its salt and rightly so! Tom Watson, 8 time major champion is a former club Captain and he went on the record to say “Nobody can call himself a golfer until he has played at Ballybunion; you would think the game originated there!” Why not check it out for yourself and report back to Uncle Tom!!

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Day Three, Thursday 21st April, will have us travelling further into Ireland’s beautiful south west region. Dooks Golf Club, one of our welcome additions to the Social Media Open for next year and it will certainly be an exciting venture for golfers who have already play and also who have yet to play this fantastic links course. The Dooks website captures it perfectly by stating ‘’a truly magical location for a stunning golf course. Experience breathtaking views and a unique links challenge that golfers have enjoyed since 1889’’. Known for its narrow genuine sandy 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 also! It will be a perfect host after two spectacular days at Ballybunion.

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The Final Day of the 2016 Social Media Open, Friday 22nd April, will take place at the world renowned Tralee Golf Links, known affectionately to the locals as Barrow. The youngest of our selected courses for 2016, opening for business in 1984. Arnold Palmer was the designer but only takes credit for the front 9, he says that God created the back 9 long before he got there! The world famous back 9 is a stretch of some of the most challenge, quirky and sublime golf holes on the planet. During a recent interview PGA Tour member Kevin Stadler explained…. “My favorite 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!!

2015 Champs - Bob Leggett & Al McGovern

2015 Champs – Bob Leggett & Al McGovern

The Golf Only package is €598 per Team of 2 (€299 per person) while the Play & Stay package (4 nights accommodation) will be the same price of this year at €998 per Team of 2 (€499 per person). We have limited space and with team entries already flying in for 2016 we anticipate another hotly contested Tournament in April!

If you have any queries or would like to enter a team please EMAIL us, you can give us a follow on Twitter or a like on Facebook too!

 

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.

Society Challenge at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort

My good friend, Eamonn O’Donnell, now Director of Golf at Waterford Castle GC, is giving golf societies the chance to Win 6 Months Free Membership at the wonderful Waterford venue!

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The Society Challenge will pit societies against each other with the winner of all 5 qualifying rounds qualifying to the grand finale to be played on Friday 13th June 2014. The qualifiers take place on  Thursday 8th May, Wednesday 14th May, Friday 23rd May, Saturday 31st May and Thursday 5th June. The Grand Final will take place on Friday 13th June

Each society to enter will consist of 12 players with the best 8 scores accumulated to give the Society’s overall team score (Stableford Points Scoring). All golfers must have a valid GUI or ILGU card.

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Overall Prize:

Along with prizes at each qualifier, the overall Grand Prize for the winning society will include the following

  • 6 Months use of Waterford Castle Golf Club & its Facilities
  • A round of Golf at the Heritage Golf Club Killenard with breakfast

Runners Up will receive a complimentary Society day for 20 golfers with a main course during the 2014 season.

Please book your tee time by contacting Eamonn O’Donnell, Director of Golf, Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, via golfdirector@waterfordcastle.com or you can call him on 051 871633.

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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!

Check out Wonderful Waterford Castle GC

My good friend Eamonn O’Donnell (don’t hold that against him!!) recently took over the reigns at Waterford Castle GC as Director of Golf and things have certainly been happening in this sunny South East golf club since. They have a packed schedule of events for Masters week and you can be a part of the action!

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Masters week schedule at Waterford Castle GC is as follows:

Thursday 10th April: 3 Person Team Event, Members €5 Visitors €20

Friday 11th April: 4 ball, Members €5 Visitors €20

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th April: 36 Holes Singles Stableford. Win your very own Green Jacket! Members €10 Visitors €40

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Society Challenge 2014 at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort

Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort for 2014 launched “The Society Challenge” recently as well. This event will pit societies against each other with the winner of each of the 5 qualifying rounds going through to the grand finale to be played on Friday 13th June 2014.

The following are the Qualifier dates

Dates – Thursday 8th May; Wednesday 14th May; Friday 23rd May; Saturday 31st May & Thursday 5th June

Grand Final will be on Friday 13th June

Rules for the Society Challenge

Each society consists of 12 players

The best 8 scores accumulated to give the Society’s overall team score ( Stableford Points)

All golfers must have a valid GUI & ILGU card

Overall Prize

Along with prizes at each qualifier, the overall prize for the winning society will include the following

  •         6 Months use of Waterford Castle Golf Club & its Facilities
  •         A round of Golf at the Heritage Golf Club, Killenard, Co Laois, with breakfast

Runners Up

A complimentary Society day for 20 golfers with a main course during the 2014 season

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You can book your tee times for Waterford Castle’s Master’s week events or the Society Challenge by contacting Eamonn O’Donnell, Director of Golf, via email on golfdirector@waterfordcastle.com or by phoning 051 871633. Eamonn is also on twitter @eamonnodgolf for those who want to annoy him there!