After a gap of a couple years we returned to The Emerald Isle for our escorted golf tour week in county Wexford and again unearthed several unsung, excellent courses. Ireland is well known for super links golf and we weren’t disappointed (if at times overwhelmed) with Rosslare GC. However, there are also many fine parkland courses in Ireland, usually found in top condition as we discovered at St Helens Bay, Ennescorthy, Wexford and the newer Waterford Castle. I think the fact that the group had different favourites across the board stands testament to the all round quality.
Our two rounds at Rosslare really showed up the fascinating challenge of links golf. The first seven holes and the eighteenth playing northward with an almost gale force southerly wind, made par fives reachable in two and short irons or wedges into the par fours no matter their length. But what a different story on the rest! Drivers on par threes, unreachable par fours and four (good) shots instead of two to the par fives. On our return the wind had turned one hundred and eighty degrees, albeit a much gentler more manageable links breeze, to present a completely different test.
You will do well to remember when playing links golf, especially in windy conditions, the only time you need the most lofted clubs is for extricating yourself from pot bunkers and thick wispy grass!
Apart from the heavy winds for the first couple of days, the weather treated us most kindly, the Talbot Hotel, overlooking the seafront in Wexford itself, offered comfortable accommodation, good wholesome food and proved an excellent centre for the Tour.
As for the friendly competitions, Rosemary decided not to be so friendly and blitzed the week. Whether it be team, four ball or individual the results table read Rosemary and…..!
St Helens Bay team event – Rosemary, Tony, Bob.
Waterford Castle team event – Rosemary, Ali, Paul.
Ennescorthy team event – Rosemary, Judith, Julia.
Individual lady – Rosemary. Gent – Arnold
Wexford 4BBB winners – Rosemary & Richard
Runners up – Bob & Basil
Rosslare Team event – Liz, Paul, Bob, Charlie
As I left Wexford at 5:30 Saturday morning to drive to Dublin Airport and board a flight to Gothenburg for our 2nd Swedish adventure, I reflected on the past seven days and the people who made up the group to create a lovely ambience. Maybe it is not just the Irish charm that creates this atmosphere! I’m sure next September’s 2017 tour, a little further south to Cork, will prove just as popular.
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