Ireland has put itself on the map more ways than one. It is one of the top golf destinations in the world and there is no wonder why. With its rolling hills, breathtaking views, and historic courses its bound to draw in the best of the best from around the world.
The Royal County Down Golf Club
One of Irelands finest championship courses. In Newcastle at the base of the Mountains of Mourne, and off the coast of the Irish Sea the Royal County Down provides its players with tough terrain, and beautiful views. Established 128 years ago, this historic Irish golf course has hosted some of the best tournaments to date including the Senior British Open, the Irish Open, the Amateur British Open, and the Arnold Palmer Cup to name a few. Played by kings and pros alike the Royal County Down Golf Club has been named in the favorites of many avid golfers.
Royal Portrush Golf Club
One of Irelands stunning private clubs, the Royal Portrush offers two links courses, Dunluce Links (the championship course) and the Valley Links, both located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The course offers 360 degrees of vistas with views of the hills, Isle of Islay, Skerries in the east. The course is overlooked by the ruins of the 13th century Dunluce Castle, which gives its name to Dunluce course. Named the fourth top course outside the USA by Golf Digest the Royal Portrush has attracted members like 1947 Open Champion Fred Daly and 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell. The Royal Portursh has hosted prestigious tournaments such as The Open Championship (which it will host again in 2019), the Amateur Championship, and the Irish Open.
Portmarnock Golf Club
It would be wrong not to mention Portmarnock when listing the great courses of Ireland. Host to some of the best Pro and Amateur golf tournaments world-wide Portmarnock has solidified its place has a must play for any golfer. Established 123 years ago, Portmarnock has earned critical acclaim from some of the best golfers in the industry. It boasts some of the most stunning and challenging holes in the world. To top it off Portmarnock was voted the best golf course in Ireland by Golf Digest in 2014/15.
“One of the most enjoyable links courses I have had an opportunity to play”
“Sam Sneed and I played in the Canada Cup at Portmarnock in 1961 and I recall saying to Sam on the way home that every aspect of our games was examined that week”
“I had the opportunity to play in the 1991 Walker Cup at Portmarnock Golf Club and it was one of the great highlights of my Amateur days not only to represent the USA but also to enjoy the challenge of such a magnificent links course”
“I always love playing Portmarnock Golf Club; one of the world’s greatest links courses in my view”
You can’t mention Ireland and without a nod to Rory McIlroy. Born and raised in Portursh this proud Irishmen has brought home numerous victories across his impressive 10-year pro-golf career. Turning Pro at 17, Rory won his first European Tour event at the age of 19 and he has become one of only three people to win three majors before turning 25, the other two being Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
A fun fact: At age 15, Rory’s father was so confident in his young son’s ability as a golfer that he placed bet in 2004 staking 200 pounds that Rory would win the Open in the next 10 years. Rory came through in 2014 just under the wire to make his dad a cool 50,000 pounds.
St. Patrick’s Day
Held annually on March 17th, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. In 2017, Meadowbrook will celebrate the day with a 4 course dinner featuring “Toronto’s Best Irish Duo” Trish & Paul Noonan. If you are interested in attending our event please contact the club for more details.
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