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Posted on 18 Sep 2016

Ireland Escorted Golf Tour, Wexford, 10-17 September 2016

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…..!

Results
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

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Arnold, individual Gents winner and I obviously sharing a joke!
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Multiple winner Rosemary with husband Richard her 4BBB winning partner
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Rosslare team winners – From Left Charlie, Paul and Bob

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.

Kind regards
David

 


3 reviews on “Ireland Escorted Golf Tour, Wexford, 10-17 September 2016

  1. Wexford feedback – 5*

    What an excellent trip! We had a very harmonious group – mostly made up of the usual suspects, but with 3 newbies too. We played some lovely golf courses with a variety of parkland and links and we all had our favourite – I think mine was Enniscorthy.

    The Talbot was a very busy hotel but they still produced consistently good food and service. We had a lovely room on the top floor with panoramic views out to sea. And we were incredibly lucky to have such brilliant weather, the only dodgy day being Rosslare on Monday with strong wind. Apart from that it was sunny and even got quite hot!

  2. Super week hotel and organisation exceptional David as always host supreme. Ferry crossing fish guard to rosslare easy and well managed, here’s to Ireland next year.
    Many thanks including Ian

  3. My first David Short Golf week – but I couldn’t miss this one as it combined golf and catching up with family in Wexford. And what a great week – really enjoyed the group and the ‘craic’ we had during the week.

    Many thanks to David and Liz for all your help during the very well organised week on some cracking courses. And Ian for all the Admin help before.

    I hope to make the Irish trip again next year as it was such a good trip.

    regards
    Bob

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