Golf in the North West!

The second edition of the Irish Legends Tournament, hosted by the McGinley Foundation, was a tremendous success this August at Rosapenna Golf resort on Ireland’s north west coast.

Ryder Cup Legends and Major Champions teed it up alongside amateur players in this unique format in professional tournament golf. If you’re interested in playing in next year’s Irish Legends event please contact us for details.

Ireland’s north west coastline is a beautifully scenic region where the mountains, sand dunes and Atlantic Ocean frame some of the best links golf courses in Ireland. Check out the video below to hear Paul McGinley’s take on golf in this part of Ireland.

Here are our favourites:

Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort – choose from the Old Tom Morris course, Sandy Hills or the recently opened St. Patrick’s Links designed by Tom Doak. All 3 courses have spectacular views of Sheephaven Bay and provide different, challenging tests of your golf skills.

Ballyliffin – The Old course and Glashedy Links are both world class links courses with contrasting styles. There’s also the excellent 9 hole par 3 Pollan course to hone your short game. Host to the 2018 Irish Open tournament, put Ballyliffin on your list of must plays.

Portsalon – Founded in 1891, Portsalon also has the distinction of being one of the 9 original founding members of the Golf Union of Ireland, the oldest golfing union in the world. Redesigned by Pat Ruddy of the European Club in 2000, and tweaked by Paul McGinley more recently, Portsalon is well deserving of the title, “Hidden Gem”.

Narin and Portnoo – Matt Ginella from the Golf Channel’s quote describes it best “So here’s a little story about Gil Hanse & Jim Wagner coming to Ireland to renovate Narin & Portnoo: They worked wonders. The end. And now everyone will come and compare it to Pebble Beach, Pacific Dunes & other seaside spectacles.”

Co. Donegal (Murvagh) – Built on a promontory of 182 acres that extends out into the Atlantic Ocean, Co. Donegal enjoys a spectacular location and a very fair test of links golf. 2011 Open Champion Darren Clarke describes it as one of his favourite courses in the world. And, he should know!

Co. Sligo (Rosses Point) – Home to the elite West of Ireland championship every year, Co. Sligo has made it into the 2022 Golf Digest World Top 100 courses for the first time at #91. Deservingly so. Benbulbin Mountain provides a spectacular backdrop to this world class links layout.

Enniscrone – The links weaves its way through towering, majestic dunes overlooking Killala Bay. Enniscrone is one of the finest pure links courses in Ireland and is a regular host to elite Irish golf tournaments. This is a championship golf course par excellence.

Carne – Wild Atlantic golf at its finest and rawest. Carne is arguably the most spectacular links course in Ireland. Cheek by jowl with the Atlantic Ocean, the holes weave their way through the biggest dune system in the world. Simply stunning.

So, what are you waiting for? DON’T DELAY – 2023 time sheets are open and filling fast. Please contact us to book your golf trip of a lifetime.

Yours in Golf,

Thanks Des Smyth!

We are very grateful to legendary Irish golfer, Des Smyth, who took time this week to chat with G Golf Ireland CEO, Joe Shannon.

Des reflects on the US Open at Winged Foot, the upcoming Irish Open at Galgorm Castle, and the new Legends Tour format, which is bringing incredible opportunities for amateur golfers to compete alongside the likes of Paul McGinley, Tom Lehman, Darren Clarke, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam and others.

We are also delighted to announce that G Golf Ireland has partnered with the newly formed Legends Tour (formerly the Staysure European Seniors Tour) and The McGinley Foundation, to bring you a unique offer to play in a Legends Tour event next summer at Rosapenna golf resort, Co. Donegal.

Included in the package is a weeklong extravaganza of golf, hospitality, entertainment and craic, in the company of Major winners, Ryder Cup Captains and players. Full package details are available – please contact us asap to confirm your place.

The Top 100

Golf Digest Ireland recently announced their annual Top 100 Irish golf courses list. In the video below, G Golf Ireland co-Founder Mark Gannon and CEO Joe Shannon discuss the list and highlight some of the less famous names.

Mark Gannon is one of Ireland’s most decorated amateur golfers and was described recently by Padraig Harrington as having the best short game he has ever seen – high praise indeed from a 3 time major champion and Ryder Cup Captain – you can watch what Padraig says about Mark by clicking here.

Mark has also been a Golf Digest Ireland Top 100 panelist so his comments on this year’s list are insightful. The focus for the video discussion is on courses outside the top 10 but which Mark highly recommends playing. These include The Island, Murvagh (Co. Donegal), Rosapenna, Ballyliffin, Port Salon, Narin and Portnoo, Carne, Concra Wood, Seapoint and Lough Erne.

Please get in touch to discuss your post-pandemic dream golf vacation. Already, 2022 is looking like a bumper year for golf, so we strongly recommend making plans soon to get the best tee times and accommodation.