US media tee up to play Kerry courses

Fergus Denehy

Some of the top golf courses in Kerry were in the spotlight of top US media golfers last week as Fáilte Ireland promoted the stunning courses along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Fresh from the recent Open Championship at Carnoustie, US writers, broadcasters and online media - including Yahoo Sports - spent the time playing at Dooks Golf Links Killarney Golf Club (Killeen course) and the Tralee Golf Links, amongst other courses.

With a combined audience reach of over 9million, the travelling media played and experience first-hand the range of courses. The golfers certainly got to enjoy a 'real' Irish golfing experience in Killarney as the heavens opened for much of their round.

Thankfully, though, this did not dampen their enthusiasm as they got into the full swing of things - although they still needed a few helpful and local tips from the General Manager of the Killarney club, Cormac Flannery. 

"The North American market is undoubtedly the most important market segment for Irish golf tourism," he said.

"This market is primarily focused on our great links layouts, so we are just delighted to have the opportunity to showcase our Killeen course to members of the US media, particularly as we celebrate our 125th anniversary at the club this year," he said. "It is vitally important to us that groups come and experience our top-class championship golf offering on the shores of Lough Leane under the shadow of Ireland's highest mountain range.

"An unrivalled setting just five minutes from Killarney town, it is a must for any group playing the great courses of the south west."

Of the writers themselves, Bruce Selcraig of Yahoo Sports  said that he was left hugely impressed by the course, before stating that he loves returning to Ireland each year to play.

"I've been returning to Ireland every year for about 20 years now, not only because of the world's finest links golf and the genuine welcome, but also the glorious smoke-free pubs, indie film houses, newly-abundant ethnic food joints," he explained.