Social Media Open North

The Inaugural Social Media Open North will come to Donegal in July 2018 with Narin & Portnoo, Donegal Golf Club and Portsalon GC providing a considerable golfing test for 3 days from Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st July (Open Championship Week)!

Narin & Portnoo is a gem of a links course with amazing views surrounding the golf course from all angles. The County Donegal course will be the venue for Day 1 of #SMOpenNorth on Thursday 19th July 2018. The course is situated in a beautiful seaside resort in southwest Donegal and is considered one of the finest natural and scenic 18-hole links courses in Ireland, with sweeping views of Gweebarra Bay. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you from Daragh Lyons, PGA Professional, and his Team and we are very much looking forward to beginning our Inaugural Tournament at Narin & Portnoo next July!

Day 2 will be hosted at the delightful Donegal Golf Club, or “Murvagh” as it better know by the locals! We will be here on Friday 20th July 2018 for #SMOpenNorth “Moving Day”! The course was built on a promontory of 182 acres that extends out into the Atlantic Ocean. The land was inhabited in past centuries due to the land being of geological significance. The course is a par-73 for both ladies & gents and consists of five Par 5’s, four Par 3’s and nine Par 4’s, stretching over 7400 yards from the tips, with five regulation tees from each hole, plus a beginner tee. The outside loop plays along the dunes and the ocean, providing stunning views of the surrounding area.

The Final Day of The Inaugural Social Media Open North will take place at the picturesque Portsalon Golf Club on Saturday 21st July 2018! As the contenders for The Open Championship will be trying to make their move at Carnoustie the teams at #SMOpenNorth will also be trying to claim the trophy on this beautiful links course in County Donegal! Portsalon Golf Club was founded by Colonel B.J Barton in 1891. The course was designed by Charles Thompson, the Portrush professional. The links quickly earned a reputation as one of the best around and attracted visitors from near and far. In 2000 a major redesign of the links was undertaken under the guidance of renowned architect, Pat Ruddy. He was tasked with upgrading the links to keep pace with the modern game which results in the course being lengthened considerably while 9 completely new holes were added. It will provide a fitting finalé for Social Media Open North!

The Format will be Pairs so Team of 2, both golfers will hit off each tee then picking the best tee shot and playing Better Ball from there! 2 scores are to count on holes 9 & 18 with 1 score to count on holes 1-8 & 10-17, 3/4 Handicaps will Apply.

We have the following Tournament Packages available to you (accommodation on Play & Stay packages will be at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny):

  • Golf Only – €338 per Team of 2 / €169 per person
  • Golf & 2 nights’ B&B – €578 per Team of 2 (€289 per person sharing)
  • Golf & 3 nights’ B&B – €698 per Team of 2 (€349pps)
  • Golf & 4 nights’ B&B – €798 per Team of 2 (€399pps)

If you would like to enter #SMOpenNorth please call +353-87-6453537 or email Tom Kennedy – Event Founder. We hope to see you in Donegal in July next year!

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May Bank Holiday Open Competitions

May is here and hopefully the sunshine for the majority of the golf season in Ireland! The following are just a few of the Open Competitions this coming weekend, if you’re teeing up over the next few days hopefully one of these events might be of interest.

Adare overview

Adare Golf Club – Monday 5th May, Open Singles for €50 per person

Narin and Portnoo

Narin & Portnoo – Saturday 3rd May, Open Single Stabledford and Monday 5th, 3-ball Waltz . €30 per person each competition for GUI Card Holders

Arklow Golf Links

Arklow Golf Links – Friday 2nd, 3 person team event; Sat 3rd Alliance H’cap up to 12; Sunday 4th Singles & Monday 5th May 4 person team event. All competitions €25 per person for visitors

Ardglass GC

Ardglass Golf Club – Monday 5th May, Open Singles Stableford for £17 per person. Call 028-44841022 to book.

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Castlemartyr – Open Singles from Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th May , €30pp each day. Prizes sponsored by Mahers Sports Cork, booking on 021-4219001.

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Killeen Castle – test yourself off the Black Tees at Killeen Castle for €50pp on Sunday 4th May in their Open Fourball.

18th Hole Heritage

The Ballesteros Course at The Heritage – Monday 5th May (and every Monday), €25 per person. Enter online via www.theheritage.com or call 057-8642321.

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Loughrea Golf Club – Sunday 4th May, 18 hole singles (Paul Kennedy sponsoring) & Monday 5th May, 18 hole singles (Professional Raymond Ryan sponsoring)