St Andrews Part 3: The Founders of “The Society of St Andrews Golfers”
December 26, 2017 / Golf History
Introduction Early in the 18th century the first golf clubs were formed and better documentary records of golf history were kept. We are concentrating on the social parts of the story rather than a documentary of events. The Society...

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Great Irish Golf Course Architects No. 2 - Pat Ruddy & Patrick Merrigan
December 20, 2017 / Golf Course Architects
Pat Ruddy Introduction Pat Ruddy comes from the small townland of Ballymote in County Sligo, North West Ireland. He has been consumed by golf all of his life. He was a good amateur player; he then became one of Ireland’s mo...

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Grand Golf Tours - Ireland Series 3: Golf Along The Wild Atlantic Way
December 11, 2017 / Featured destinations
Introduction  This tour takes you further up the West coast of Ireland from where Series Number 2 started in Galway. The whole coastline from Westport up to Donegal and Narin & Portnoo is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, a windswe...

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Ireland Golf Tour - Dublin and The Surrounding Area
November 30, 2017 / Golf Trips
Introduction Dublin is unique as a base for golfers. It has sufficient quality courses in or close to Dublin County to play a week’s quality golf from one hotel. Portmarnock and ‘The European’ are world ranked courses; ...

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Ireland Golf Highlights - Kinsale and the surrounding area
November 03, 2017 / Featured destinations
Introduction Golfers touring the South West of Ireland can chose to include a visit to Kinsale, near the Republic’s second city Cork. The attraction at Kinsale is the remarkable Old Head golf course and the town being known as the ...

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Northern Ireland to host 2019 Open Championship
October 11, 2017 / Golf News
Introduction Northern Ireland has two of the finest links courses in Great Britain and Ireland, Royal County Down and Royal Portrush. The Open is now such a huge international golfing event that inclusion on the rota involves careful con...

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Northern Ireland – Two golf architects major influence on golf in the Province
October 04, 2017 / Golf Trips
Introduction Harry Shapland Colt was born in 1869 and became famous internationally contributing to a transformation of golf architecture in the early 20th century. In Northern Ireland he designed Royal Portrush Dunluce and Val...

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Northern Ireland – Great golfing and much more to see!
September 26, 2017
Introduction Northern Ireland has magnificent sand dunes on its North and South coasts, each with a world ranked links course. The tour starts on the Causeway coast in the north where you play three excellent links courses. There is plen...

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Learn When St Andrews Became the “Home of Golf”
September 09, 2017 / St Andrews
Introduction Initially when researching St Andrews history I found that in the critical 18th and early 19th centuries the town was in decline and the links were very unkempt. Golf was a minor sport. It looked to me more likely ...

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Hidden Gem Series 1: Scotland - St Andrews Area
August 17, 2017 / St Andrews
Hidden Gems in St Andrews Introduction Many visitors to the UK and Ireland like to play seaside links golf courses. There are about 210 true links courses in the British Isles whereas the rest of the world has only about 36. In the UK...

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