A myth is destroyed – 7 days in Dublin and Wicklow and not a drop of rain!!
A small group of 12 people attended our two centre Tour to Dublin, some for the whole duration and others for the 4 day option. We commenced with a city based hotel surrounded by excellent restaurants and of course, arguably, the best pubs in the world. Several enjoyed the city tour bus and were suitably regaled with Irish blarney from the tour driver!
Two rounds at Portmarnock Links, only 27 years old, designedby a German at that (Bernard Langer), and you would think it had been there 150 years. These rounds were interspersed by 18 holes at St Margerets a lovely Parkland course, again built in the ’90’s by Craddock and Ruddy, two of Ireland’s excellent modern designers. I was delighted to play that day with Don Anderson, who we decided first attended a school in 1988, and has been a regular on various events ever since. Don plays off a very useful 12 which he proved with an excellent 41 points and went on to win our 36 hole stableford, following his 41with a tidy 34 pts. at the more difficult Portmarnock Links the following day. R/up was Alan Clark and third Andrew Taite.
The second leg of the Tour was centred 30 mins south of Dublin at beautiful Druids Glen. The Glen course known as ” the Augusta of Ireland” is a wonderful parkland setting and playing the 12th & 13th holes especially, you could imagine being in Georgia. The Heath course is a complete contrast, set higher with views over the Irish Sea to the east and Wicklow Mountains to the west. It is true heathland, more open to theelements and a stern test. The first and last nights we dined in the excellent on site hotel. The middle two nights, some took a short taxi ride into the small coastal town of Greystones where, I understand, they dined very well. Similar to the first half of the tour we played a daily team event and a 36 hole Individual Stableford, won by Alan Cook playing off 14. I like to think I had some part to play in this, helping him re discover his bunker shots shortly before play!
I think it safe to say the Dublin based Tour was very much enjoyed by all and further Tours to golfing heaven will follow.
By David Short
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