All Ireland Golf Challenge

Experience Ireland Golf & Travel is delighted to launch the Inaugural All Ireland Golf Challenge! 4 Provincial Qualifiers will take place from May to August with The All Ireland Final taking place on Friday 20th September at The Heritage where the All Ireland Champions will be crowned. This will be a Team of 4 Event, who wants to be our Inaugural Champions??

We will be off to the superb Slieve Russell first for the Ulster Qualifier on Friday 24th May. The county Cavan course is synonymous with hosting great Golf Events and was recently voted the 2018 Golf Resort of the Year in Ulster. Forming part of a magnificent 300 acre estate, including 50 acres of lakes, our highly acclaimed 18-hole championship course is sensitively wrapped around the lakes and the drumlins of the County Cavan landscape. The course presents a wonderful challenge and the devilishly tricky greens present a searching examination of accurate approach play, which adds to the enjoyment factor. To book your place at our Ulster Qualifier please email info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-64-6622830.

Next up will be the Connaught Qualifier at Galway Bay Golf Resort on Friday 7th June. Galway Bay is a golfing gem in the West of Ireland and has come in for rave reviews of the past few years. No stranger to hosting big Events it will host the Connaught U16 Open this year among other Tournaments. Designed by Irish golfing legend Christy O’Connor Jnr, the man himself had this to say about Galway Bay: “This is a true championship golf course with a fair test of golf to all who discover this gem. Washed on three sides by the wild Atlantic ocean laden with pot bunkers together with natural water hazards combines to make Galway Bay one of the truly great courses of Ireland“. To book your place at our Connaught Qualifier please email info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-64-6622830.

The Leinster Qualifier will take place in July when we visit The Heritage on Friday 5th July. This Seve Ballesteros designed masterpiece, his first and only design in Ireland, is a great golfing test from start to finish with the highlights hole being the par-4 9th & 18th which run parallel to each other towards the amazing Clubhouse separated by a large and wonderful water hazard. The Heritage is a wonderful venue and has hosted many Tournaments down the years including the Seve Trophy in 2007 and The Heritage Pro-Am for many years. To book your place at our Leinster Qualifier please email info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-64-6622830.

The final Qualifier will take us to Munster and the Killeen Course at the superb Killarney Golf & Fishing Club on Friday 16th August. This will present Teams the last chance at making it to our All Ireland Final in September, in stunning surroundings. The Killeen has hosted The Irish Open 4 times, in 1991 & 1992 (both won by Nick Faldo) and also in 2010 & 2011 (won by Ross Fisher & Simon Dyson respectively). The Killeen course is one the most scenic inland courses in Ireland, surroundings by the marvellous Macgillycuddy Reeks and also the Lakes of Killarney, it truly is a golfing treat! To book your place at our Munster Qualifier please email info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-64-6622830.

The Winning Team from each Qualifier will then contest The All Ireland Golf Challenge Final on Friday 20th September at The Heritage. The Format of our Provincial Qualifiers is simple – Team of 4 Event with 2 scores to count on each Hole. Max Handicap for Ladies is 36 and 28 for Gents, you must have an Official Handicap to compete in the Event. The cost to enter is €125 per person / €500 per Team and includes the following:

  • Team Entry
  • Soup & Sandwiches on Arrival
  • BBQ at the Halfway Hut
  • Goody Bag & Druids Golf Shirt for Each Member of your Team
  • Dinner & Prize Giving after Golf

If you have any queries on our All Ireland Golf Challenge or if you would like to book your place at any of the Provincial Qualifiers please email info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-64-6622830.

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Mid-West Alliance 2018 Season Tees off at Doonbeg

The 2018 Mid-West Alliance season started on Sunday 18th February, after the 1st Event at Dromoland unfortunately fell foul of the weather the week before, in testing windy conditions at Trump International Golf Links Ireland (Doonbeg). Heading up the field was 2017 MWA Champ and Irish Amateur Open 2017 Champion, Peter O’Keeffe from Douglas. Joining him were many Irish internationals – young and old – plus many of the region’s best and brightest golfers. We even had a few lads down from the North and from all over Ireland which was great to see.

75 golfers in total took to the course on the day with Castletroy’s Dave Carroll coming in with 32 points – Gross Stableford scoring format – being the best score of the day in blustery west Clare! He pipped Andrew MacCormack in Category 1 (3 handicap & lower) on the Countback with a slightly better back 9. In Category 2 (4-9 Handicap) Jason Twomey took the spoils with 29 points from Adare’s Laurence Kelly in 2nd on 28 points. Our new Over 45s Category (sponsored by Kemmy Stonecraft) begun with Gerard Maher taking 1st place on 30 points while Mid-West Alliance veteran, Fergus Harrold, was 2nd after posting 27 points.

Many thanks to all for making the trip to Doonbeg and we look forward to seeing a lot of you for our 2nd Event at Galway Bay on Sunday 25th February. Thanks again to Titleist for their continued support of the Mid-West Alliance and also to our 2018 sponsors – The Caddy Guy Ireland, Kemmy Stonecraft & Experience Ireland Golf & Travel. Any queries on the Mid-West Alliance 2018 please contact David Foley (+353-86-6021968) or Tom Kennedy (+353-87-6453537 / tom@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com).

Mid West Alliance Golf 2018

The Mid West Alliance have finalised their 2018 Fixtures and along with a new Format they are ready for the new golfing season!

2017 MWA Champ Peter O’Keeffe

The Mid West Alliance is open to golfers under 9 handicap and will have 3 Categories within their 2018 Events – Category 1 will be for 3 handicap and lower, Category 2 will be for 4-9 handicap golfers while their new Over 45s Category (sponsored by Kemmy Stonecraft) will be just that, for Over 45s under 9 handicap. The MWA will have 7 Events in 2018 with the best 4 cards from each golfer to count towards the Shootout at Trump Doonbeg! The Top 18 that will contest the Shootout will be made up of the Top 6 from each Category. As per previous Alliances, the scoring format will be Gross Stableford.

2017 4-9 Category Champ Alan Neville

After the 7 events The Top 18 will contest the “Sunday Shootout” at Trump Doonbeg on Sunday 8th April 2018 where the Mid West Alliance 2018 Champion will be crowned!! Your top 4 scores from the Events will carry over into the Shootout.

The 2018 Fixtures for the Mid West Alliance are as follows:

  • Sunday 11th February at Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club, entry fee €35 per person
  • Sunday 18th February at Trump Doonbeg, entry fee €55 per person
  • Sunday 25th February at Galway Bay Golf Resort, entry fee €40 per person
  • Saturday 3rd March at The Heritage, entry fee €40 per person
  • Sunday 11th March at Ballykisteen Golf Club, entry fee €30 per person
  • Saturday 17th March at Dooks Golf Links, entry fee €40 per person
  • Sunday 25th March at Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club, entry fee €35 per person
  • Top 18 Sunday Shootout, Sunday 8th April at Trump Doonbeg

If you have any queries or would like to enter any of the MWA Events for 2018 please email tom@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-87-6453537. Join the MWA Golf Mailing List for Updates – CLICK HERE! You can also give them a follow on Twitter or a like on Facebook!!

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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