Golfing in Ireland: The Most Complete Guide For Adventurous Golfers

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Ireland is one of the world's fastest growing golf destinations.
Travel agents and golf magazines are selling it. . . . Entrepeneurs, eager to ride the wave, are investing substantial sums. Since 1990 more than a half dozen major new golf courses have opened, others have expanded and more development is planned.
Rob Armstrong
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Ireland is one of the world's fastest growing golf destinations.
Travel agents and golf magazines are selling it. . . . Entrepeneurs, eager to ride the wave, are investing substantial sums. Since 1990 more than a half dozen major new golf courses have opened, others have expanded and more development is planned.
Rob Armstrong
In addition to the best courses in both the Irish Republic and Northern
Ireland, author Rob Armstrong describes other courses of note, and provides complete lists of Ireland's 9 and 18 hole golf courses. A chapter is included on where to stay, what to eat, and what to do when not golfing. With this guide,
anyone can enjoy hitting the links on the Emerald Isle.
Rob Armstrong is a veteran, award-winning Correspondent for CBS News. An avid golfer, he visits Ireland annually to both enjoy the area and to hit the links.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565547261
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Rob Armstrong has drawn a series of interesting and informative word portraits, buttressed by photos and course maps, of the best resort and daily-fee golf courses in Virginia and West Virginia. For nearly twenty-five years, Armstrong was an award-winning correspondent for CBS News. He now contributes to various golf publications, teaches at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and tries to keep his handicap in the single digits. His yearly jaunts to the Emerald Isle to hit the links led him to write Golfing in Ireland: The Most Complete Guide for Adventurous Golfers, also published by Pelican.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
Chapter 1 Do's, Don'ts, and Local Knowledge 15
Chapter 2 The Best 39
The Irish Republic
Lahinch Golf Club, County Clare 45
Shannon Golf Club, County Clare 49
Cork Golf Club, County Cork 53
Old Head Golf Links, County Cork 58
Ballyliffin Golf Club, County Donegal 63
Donegal Golf Club, County Donegal 67
Portmarnock Golf Club, County Dublin 70
Connemara Golf Club, County Galway 73
Ballybunion Golf Club, County Kerry 76
Ceann Sibeal, County Kerry 85
Dooks Golf Club, County Kerry 89
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, County Kerry 94
Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club, County Kerry 99
Tralee Golf Club, County Kerry 104
Waterville Golf Club, County Kerry 109
County Louth Golf Club, County Louth 114
County Sligo Golf Club, County Sligo 118
Enniscrone Golf Club, County Sligo 123
Blainroe Golf Club, County Wicklow 127
The European Club, County Wicklow 131
Wicklow Golf Club, County Wicklow 135
Northern Ireland
Royal Portrush Golf Club, County Antrim 143
Castlerock Golf Club, County Derry 146
Portstewart Golf Club, County Derry 150
Ardglass Golf Club, County Down 154
Royal County Down Golf Club, County Down 157
Chapter 3 Other Courses of Note 161
Dromoland Golf Club, County Clare 162
Ennis Golf Club, County Clare 165
Kilkee Golf Club, County Clare 166
Spanish Point Golf Club, County Clare 168
Doneraile Golf Club, County Cork 169
Mallow Golf Club, County Cork 170
Bundoran Golf Club, County Donegal 171
North West Golf Club, County Donegal 172
Galway Golf Club, County Galway 173
Castlegregory Golf & Fishing Club, County Kerry 175
Kenmare Golf Club, County Kerry 177
The Curragh Golf Club, County Kildare 178
The K Club, County Kildare 179
Mount Juliet Golf Club, County Kilkenny 181
Adare Manor Golf Club, County Limerick 183
Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club, County Meath 186
Courtown Golf Club, County Wexford 187
Rosslare Golf Club, County Wexford 188
St. Helen's Bay Golf & Country Club, County Wexford 190
Druids Glen Golf Club, County Wicklow 191
Chapter 4 Golf Resorts and Castles 193
Chapter 5 Where to Stay, Where to Eat, and What to Do When You're Not Golfing 207
Chapter 6 Dublin 255
Chapter 7 Superlatives and Favorites 261
Appendix A Ireland's Eighteen-Hole Golf Courses 267
Appendix B Ireland's Nine-Hole Golf Courses 307
Index 313
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2000

    Photos & women's info

    Although my Irish itinerary has already been finalized, I purchased and read this book last weekend for 3 reasons. I wanted to drool over the photos as I wait for my trip, Armstong's book is the first guide to Irish courses that I've seen that includes any information for women (the author has included his wife's opinions on how several courses played) and the third reason is that it has been recently updated. I wish he'd included the women's scorecard and more of the woman's point of view for every course he played. The author is quite opinioned and is willing to question whether some of the grand dames that are praised in other books are worth the money. He also includes interesting lists in the back such as my two favorites: 'The Five Most Difficult Courses for Women to Score On' and 'Ireland's Most Scenic Golf Courses'. In the back, there's an extensive list of 18 hole courses in Ireland with phone numbers etc. which is great if you're making your own arrangements. However, I wish he'd included an outline map of Ireland labeled with the Counties and his top courses marked. The other drawback in my mind is that his accommodations & restaurants lists are limited and tended to the expensive side: over $170 a night for lodging and over $90 for a meal. However, there are other good references for inexpensive lodging & food such as the online Irish Tourist Board. For most of my planning for our golfing trip to Ireland, I used James Finegan's Emerald Fairways & Foam-Flecked Seas and Links of Heaven by Richard Phinney & Scott Whitley. However, both these books were copyrighted in 1996 and Armstrong's is copyrighted in 2000. Armstrong's information on airlines, airports, etc. is much more valuable. I did prefer the travelogue style of writing of Links & Emerald Fairways to Armstrong's. They also grouped the courses so that you can focus on an area in case you don't want to travel around all of Ireland. I particularly enjoyed the history & insights of Links of Heaven. When I pack my bags for Ireland, it will probably be Links of Heaven that travels with me and some xeroxed pages from the other two.

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