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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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!

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!!

 

 

Charlie McGoldrick Cup 2014 at Enniscrone

The Charlie McGoldrick Cup took place recently at Enniscrone Golf Club on Friday 29th & 30th August. It was an excellent event with over 150 players taking part, which was made all the more enjoyable by the beautiful weather that was present on both days.
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Golfers from every corner of Ireland and beyond travelled to Enniscrone to remember one of the clubs best ambassadors. Charlie would have loved the fact that there was a slight breeze on both days as he would say “The breeze will sort the good from the average” as he would have said! And so it did, scoring was very good on both days with a number of 40pts being returned. The honour of winning the 2014 Charlie McGoldrick Cup fell to Deputy Head Greenkeeper, Ciaran Sweeney,  to take cup, beating Robert Jacob on the back 6 . Now I know who was possible responsible for those pin positions!!
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Marie Stone had the best ladies’ score over the two days with 38 pts. The club would like to thank Keith Bardon from Titleist for his sponsorship of the men’s first prize. The full results are as follows :
Overall Winner Ciaran Sweeney (19) 40pts back 6.
Gents
1st Robert Jacob (6) 40pts back 9
2nd Noel Dee (6) 40pts
3rd Paul McStay (9) 39pts back 9
4th John Doherty(8) 39pts
5th Brendan Browne (10) 38pts
Ladies
1st   Marie Stone (20) 38pts back 9
2nd Lena Bourke(30) 38pts
3rd Mary Barrins (25) 37pts back 9
4th Maureen L Dodd (21) 37pts
5th Deirdre Forde (36) 36pts
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It was a truly tremendous two days in the West of Ireland at Enniscrone for the 2014 Charlie McGoldrick Cup and I’m already looking forward to playing in the 2015 tournament! In the meantime I’d highly recommend you getting out West to play Enniscrone GC, check out their website; like their Facebook page and give them a follow on Twitter too!

Irish Golf Tourism on the PGA Tour with the IGTOA!

The Irish Golf Tour Operators Association, the IGTOA, has recently taken the bold move of an international promotional campaign on the PGA Tour in America with a view to promote Irish golf tourism in association with Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, airline partner Aer Lingus and car hire partner Hertz Ireland.The IGTOA will be attending a series of PGA Tour tournaments, to further the cause of Irish Golf Tourism, including the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, Memphis, the Travelers Championship – TPC River Highlands, Conneticut, the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run, Illinois and the Wyndham Championship in Sedgefield CC, North Carolina.

Golf Tour Operators from the IGTOA will be exhibiting at the the above PGA Tour Events in support of the IGTOA’s remit to increase golfing visitor numbers to Ireland. IGTOA Member Garreth Cooke, Managing Director of Links Golf Ireland will head up the team at the Fed Ex St.Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, Memphis,  from June 5th – 8th 2014. Maurice O’Meara, General Manager of the Island Golf Club will also join the IGTOA team in Memphis to spread the message of Irish Golf.

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IGTOA Member Patrick Aiken, Managing Director of  TheGolfPA.com, will head up the IGTOA promotion at The Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conneticut from 16th – 22nd June 2014 and will be joined by IGTOA National Executive Officer Stacey Williams. This particular promotion is also being supported by IGTOA Member Ireland Golf Travel and leading Irish golf courses Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort and Waterville Golf Links.Adare overview

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Speaking about the promotional campaign on the PGA Tour this season IGTOA Chairman Denis Kane said:

The IGTOA is delighted to launch our 2014 promotional schedule on the PGA Tour this season. We plan to play our part in the growth and development of Irish golf by taking promotional platforms at multiple PGA Tour events.We are keen to deliver a key message to the North American market that Ireland is a world class golfing destination, offering great value, top quality accommodation and spectacular links and parkland courses.Through our IGTOA Golf Tour Operators and in support of our many Irish golf tourism industry partners, we plan to actively promote Irish golf for the island of Ireland as the leading golfing destination of choice. Our promotional presence overseas will be strong this season and we will also focus on other important markets for Irish golf such as Germany, the Nordics and the UK

The IGTOA is an internationally recognised organisation that is supported by Fáilte Ireland, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Tourism Ireland. The IGTOA has professional affiliations with the European Tour,the European Senior Tour, the Ladies European Tour, Ryder Cup Europe and Ryder Cup Travel Services, the Confederation of Irish Golf, the Golfing Union of Ireland, the Irish Region PGA, Visit Scotland, Golf Tourism Scotland,Golf Tourism England, Visit Wales, the Welsh Assembly and the Global Golf Tourism Organisation- IAGTO.

The IGTOA acts as the Voice of Professional Irish Golf Tourism and IGTOA Member Golf Tour Operators are collectively responsible for over 80,000 golfers visiting the island of Ireland, with an estimated consumer spend of €90 million to the Irish economy. The IGTOA participates in multiple overseas tournaments, trade shows and events all over the world each year to promote the island of Ireland as the world’s leading golf and sightseeing destination.

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For further details please contact:

Stacey Williams, National Executive Officer, Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association.

Tel: +353 (0) 64 6639910 / Mobile: +353 (0) 87 8112640 / www.igtoa.com 

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!