Upcoming Irish Golf Events

Apart from the usual top amateur or professional tournaments going on in Ireland over the coming months there are also some superb events open to all golfers, amateurs and even some pros as well. Here’s a quick snapshot of some of them over the next few months in Ireland.

Social Media Open 2014

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Following on from their successful Inaugural Tournament during Masters week in April 2013 the 2nd Annual Tournament takes place again during Masters week this year. There are a few small changes to the itinerary with Doonbeg replacing Mount Juliet and Adare being the venue for Day 2, swapping with Castlemartyr which host the 3rd Round. Old Head Golf Links once more provides the crescendo to the week by hosting the Final Round. Schedule as follows:

Wednesday 9th April 2014 – First Round at Doonbeg;

Thursday 10th April 2014 – Second Round at Adare;

Friday 11th April 2014 – Third Round at Castlemartyr;

Saturday 12th April 2014 – REST DAY!

Sunday 13th April 2014 – Final Round at Old Head Golf Links

Golf only is €275pp (€550 per team of 2) with Play & Stay packages from €505pp (€1,010 per team of 2). Any queries email socialmediaopen@gmail.com or you can give them a follow on Twitter or like on Facebook.

Causeway Coast Challenge

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The Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament is 46 years old, which puts most of the other events in the shade of terms of their longevity! It has always mainly been sponsored by a drinks company so has been better known as the “Remy Martin“, “Black Bush” and “Tullamore Dew“. This year’s tournament will be played over the Valley Course at Royal Portrush, Castlerock, Ballyliffin and Ballycastle – the dates for their 2014 event is from Monday 2nd – Friday 6th June.

The entry fee is £150pp for GUI Members; £200pp for Overseas Members and £80pp for Host Club Members. This deal also gives you 4 practice rounds along with the 4 competition rounds so is fantastic value! You can also check out their website, email info@causewaycoastgolf.com or call +44(0)77 3941 9727 with any queries.

The North West Open 2013

Another new tournament comes to Irish Golf in August with the staging of the Inaugural North West Open. It will take in some of the finest courses in the North and North West of the country with Slieve Russell, Lough Erne and both courses at Ballyliffin capping off a fantastic four days golf and I’m sure the craic will be mighty as well! The format will be fairly straightforward, it’s Pairs with Betterball scoring – 1 score to count on holes 1-17 and both scores to count on 18 for all four days.

Day 1, Wednesday 28th August 2013

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The first day’s play takes the teams to Slieve Russell in Cavan where they will also overnight at the lovely hotel. If you need a warm up before golf there is also a beautiful par-3 course on-site here.

Day 2, Thursday 29th August 2013

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Follow in the footsteps of McIlroy, Faldo and Obama by taking on the Lough Erne course on the second day. One of the most picturesque courses in the country and receive rave reviews this will undoubtedly be a treat for the golfers. Similar to Day 1, there is accommodation on-site in the 5-star Golf Lodges. Fergal Purcell, hotel GM, and his staff will definitely take great care of ye and the view from the Clubhouse after golf is tough to better!

Day 3, Friday 30th August

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Beautiful Ballyliffin plays host to the competitors for the final 2 rounds of the tournament with the Old Course providing the test for the third round. Ballyliffin is truly one of the best links resorts in Ireland and both courses are favourites of mine, having played the course in some of the worst golfing weather ever that is saying something! Accommodation in Ballyliffin Hotel and a 3-course meal included in the tournament package are to be looked forward to after play on Day 3.

Day 4, Saturday 31st August

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The final day’s play takes place on the Glashedy Links. The teams will enjoy another truly superb links course as they battle it out to become the Inaugural North West Open Champions! There will be a Prize-giving Ceremony after the day’s play with many prizes on offer including 2 x Powacaddy Trolleys, 2 x TaylorMade R1 Drivers, Druh Belts and Callaway Golf Bags. If you make it to bed after the nights festivities then accommodation will be at Ballyliffin Hotel once more!

A fabulous four days of golf on some of Ireland’s best courses, a competitive atmosphere with one of your golfing buddies and four nights of great craic – what more can you ask for? As mentioned above, the dates for the tournament are Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st August. The official charity for the event is Action Cancer (@actioncancer ) and the lads at the North West Open are hoping to raise some funding along with supporting and raising awareness for the wonderful charity. If you have any queries please email northwestopen@gmail.com or tweet the guys on @northwestopen . I wouldn’t wait too long though, they only have a few team places left!

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