Tourireland’s Giants and Majors
Posted by Niamh A on the 13th of August 2012 at 16:33:51
Ireland is just a small island off the west coast of Europe but it has produced seven Major wins in recent years. The most recent being Rory McIlroy who fourteen months after winning the US Open by a massive eight shots, the 23-year-old Northern Irishman astonishingly did the same in the USPGA Championship at Kiawah Island last night.
McIlroy's first major title had come with a record score and his second was by a record margin in the event. It seems golf comes naturally to the Irish with other Major winners Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell all learning their golf on the great links courses of Ireland.
Golf on links is a special kind of golf and the Irish Open took place this year on a links in Northern Ireland, Royal Portrush Golf Club, close to the home of Rory. Of the 32,000 golf courses on the planet only 150 are links courses and a third of them are in Ireland.
You could do worse than take a golfing holiday following in the footsteps of these Irish golfing giants you might even visit the Giants Causeway while you are at it.
I took a few days out last week to check out some of the great links courses in Northern Ireland, a tough job but someone has to do it! I played a lot of the top links and all are close enough to drive from one to the other. All are a challenge and to be honest you have to be able to hit the ball straight, it does not matter if it’s long or short but it has to be straight. I only play off 21 and I managed them all and enjoyed them, although I do suggest you bring a good supply of balls with you!
Some of the highlights were
Royal Portrush Golf Club
The only course outside of mainland Britain to have held The Open. Founded in 1888, it is really, really good but expensive, Euro 200 a round. The Irish Open was held here this year and its listed in the Top 10 Golf Courses in the World. There are no weak holes; it is a classic links, with deep pot bunkers, crisp sandy turf and thick rough. If you have the money it should be on your bucket list. A stand out hole would be the 210 yard par 3 14th, Calamity Corner, whose yawning chasm in front of and to the right of, the green will continue to wreck excellent cards for as long as it exists.
Port Stewart Golf Club
Super golf course founded in 1894, just up the road from Royal Portrush. The first nine holes are the best first nine I have ever played, anywhere, I mean it. The clubhouse is lovely. Price is reasonable, half the price of Royal Portrush. Well worth a visit.
While you are there it is worth taking in some of the local attractions such as the Giant’s Causeway and the gravity defying Carrick – a – Rede Rope Bridge.
The Bush Mills Hotel is a great base to for the golf and the attractions, and has lots of interesting feature like a hidden library and welcoming log fires. In conjunction with friendly staff and a fantastic location this is a great hotel to stay while on your golfing trip.
So, I suggest you pack your bags and come on a Tourireland Golfing Holiday to the land of the Golfing Giants! Check out our golfing tours Golfing in Ireland's Southwest or Luxury Golf in Ireland's East Chauffeur Drive Tour