Friday 9 December 2016

It's time to tee-off in Ireland

With some of the best courses in the world on our doorstep, it's time to tee-off in Ireland

Published 09/04/2015 | 02:30

Rory McIlroy at the Irish Open in 2014
Rory McIlroy at the Irish Open in 2014

Actor Bill Murray once said: "My favourite place to play golf is in Ireland. It's the most beautiful country to play golf in. And when you come as a guest, you're treated like a king."

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The world famous actor has a point. Ireland is home to over 400 courses dotted throughout the country, as well as an incredible 30 per cent of the world's links courses. From beautifully manicured parkland to the spray of salt water on a dramatic links design, an Irish golfing holiday will have you grabbing your clubs faster than you can say FORE!

Irish golf offers courses for every taste and budget, from internationally acclaimed designs to hidden gems. Indeed, as many of Ireland's best value courses are part of hotel resorts, you can match luxury accommodation with a challenging day's golf.

Or, for the ultimate getaway, why not team your golfing holiday with a spa retreat? With a huge range of first-class spa facilities in Ireland, you can be sure of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation when you choose an individual treatment at a hotel spa, or a more indulgent spa package at a destination spa. Great special offers can be found on page 8.

Before you go, be sure to turn to page 10 - where you can pick up some tips on tips on how to bring your golf game up to par (or under!).

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But the opportunity to play on a world-class course is not the only reason you should be excited about Irish golf. Ireland is home to a number of top professional golfers; Rory Mcllroy, Pádraig Harrington, Graham McDowell and Darren Clarke. The list goes on!

With today marking the start of the Masters, you'd be foolish not to put your money on an Irishman donning the green jacket. Turn to page 4 for our predictions on who has what it takes to be the first Irish-born winner of the Masters.

Next month, you can actually get an opportunity to watch some of the world's greatest golfers in action. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation will take place at the renowned Royal County Down Golf Club from 28-31 May. Surely every Irish person will be hoping that Rory Mcllroy wins the tournament in his own County. Turn to page 11 to check out his chances.

Whether you prefer looking at one of the championship events while sipping on a pint of the black stuff in your local; or geting involved in the action on a stay and play package - this supplement offers you everything you need to know.

Enjoy!

Irish Independent

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