Reflecting on the 2015 Atlantic Coast Challenge
The Atlantic Coast Challenge 2015 has finished for another year. Played from 6-8 July, some 130 teams played the Irish golf links of Carne, Co. Sligo and Enniscrone, in counties Mayo and Sligo. They sit rather majestically on the Wild Atlantic Way.

There were many highlights, with the courses being the stars of the show, but what is most noticeable about this glorious corner of Ireland is that you should never believe the weather forecast. Never, ever, ever.

Five years ago, when I played in the inaugural Atlantic Coast Challenge event, I chatted to Pat Sweeney, the then General Manager at Enniscrone. Under clear blue skies, I commented that the weather forecast had predicted relentless rain. The response was a laugh and a pertinent observation that those forecasting the weather in Dublin didn’t have a clue about what was going on in the north west.

And so it proved this year… for some of the time. Those golfers going out in.
Posted by admin at Jun 22, 2016 Category: Other
Tags: Atlantic Coast Challenge, carne golf links, Enniscrone Links, links golf courses, Wild Atlantic Way

In Search of Value
Ask any golfer for their definition of ‘value for money’ and the range of answers will be very broad indeed. There are those who think that a €40 green fee is excessive while others will part company with €250 to enjoy a once-in-a-life-time experience. No doubt, during a round or in the clubhouse, you have heard or yourself uttered the refrain, “I’d never pay over XXX for a green fee,” where XXX could be any amount from €40 to €200.

That’s fair enough. It all comes down to your budget and how much you want to play top courses. You can still play some first class clubs for under €100, and even under €40 – Carne included – but many of the world’s best will be beyond reach. So, ask yourself a simple question: how much would you pay to play Augusta, Valderamma, Pine Valley, St. Andrews… because those are all going to be once-in-a-life-time experiences, aren’t they? And, in Ireland, we are lucky to be blessed with links golf courses that rank.
Posted by admin at Jun 22, 2016 Category: Other
Tags: bucket list golf courses, Carnes green fees, golf in the north west of ireland, links golf courses, premier Ireland golf courses top