If you're reading this you love golf, specifically golf travel and the thrill of playing great courses all over the world. Trips are planned around the best locations and courses and we all remember the great (or not so great) shots on their famous holes but, even the most diehard golfer needs some time off the course.
Hole #1 at the Old Course is probably not the best hole on the course. It certainly isn’t the hardest hole and scenery wise it is pretty “normal” but it is special because it is the very first hole you play at the oldest, and most famous, golf course in the world – the Home of Golf, St Andrews.
On Thursday July 16 many of us would have tuned into the Open Championship before heading out to work (and likely tuned in at work from time to time!). Unfortunately, it was cancelled this year due to Covid-19 and the 149th Open Championship will be held next year at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England.
Quite simply, the R&A wants to celebrate the 150th Open Championship in a big way by hosting the event at the most famous course in the world, the Home of Golf, so everything is being pushed back one year and the 150th Open will be held at St Andrews July 10-17, 2022.
One of our favourite golf destinations around the Golf Away Tours office is Ireland. For those of you that saw our first webcast you know the consensus #1 course we have ever played is Royal County Down, and Ireland in general is Ron’s favourite travel destination. You also know from past newsletters that 2021 is already basically sold out at some of the “big name” courses (ie: Royal County Down and Royal Portrush) but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a great Ireland adventure in 2021.
Recently, TJ spoke with Alison Metcalfe, Executive VP of North America for Tourism Ireland, to discuss the current and future state of golf travel in Ireland and what Ireland has to offer beyond the big name courses – what are those hidden gems and itineraries you really need to consider?
TJ and Alison will highlight a couple of exciting opportunities for you to consider. They will look at courses, accommodations, and will touch on the unique off the course adventure that is golf / travel in Ireland. We also get the Golf Away Tours team together to give our thoughts on the region and everything it has to offer.
Take a listen!
Two of the most famous and unusual holes in the world sit back to back at Lahinch; the Old Tom Morris designed Klondyke 4th hole and Dell 5th hole.
Klondyke, a short par five with a blind approach, features a 35 foot dune in the middle of the narrow fairway with a man holding a red flag and a green flag that will signal you when you are clear to take a blind rip at the green on the other side.
The blindness continues on the next hole with Morris' famous Dell design, a short par three with a long shallow green wedged between towering 30 foot dunes with a white rock placed in the side of the dune to give players an indication of where the pin actually is on the green.
These are two holes that would never be designed today which makes them all the more fun and unique to enjoy.