Off the Ball

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Make a space in your heart for non-links golf

Ger Gilroy

Published 14/05/2014|02:30

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The 13th green at Fota Island Golf Club, Co. Cork
The 13th green at Fota Island Golf Club, Co. Cork

We bang on constantly about how amazing our links courses are. It's true, they are ridiculously beautiful and deserve to be marketed, but like everything in our confrontational, reductive world it always seems as if praising links golf means you have to slag off our parkland courses.

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Maybe it's snobbery, maybe it's just tradition, maybe it's something else.

This needs to stop. It's possible to love many things at once. Our parkland courses are great and rather than pretending we're somehow embarrassed by them, we need to love them. They're also generally slightly more forgiving to the wayward casual club golfer. A good thing!

This summer we get the chance to remember how great Fota Island is. it'll be a stunning home for the Irish Open and may well yield some low scoring. The media launch this week allowed us to see the new teebox on the sixth, which is set to seduce tourists for years to come. Make a space in your heart for non-links golf.

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