Day 9: The European Club
Accommodation: O’Callaghan Hotel, Stephen’s Green Dublin City Centre
A brief note about The European Club: http://www.theeuropeanclub.com
The links of The European Club was designed by Pat Ruddy and is owned and operated by the Ruddy family. Pat Ruddy is a golf-writer and golf course designer whose work will be found also at such highly regarded venues as Ballyliffin, Druids Glen, Druids Heath, Rosapenna, Portsalon, St. Margaret’s, Donegal (Murvagh) and Montreal Island Golf Club. Ruddy discovered the property when he surveyed Ireland’s coastline by helicopter in search for a classic golf location. The result is a magnificent addition to the world’s short supply of approximately 160 true links (51 of these are in Ireland). Champions from all over the world have discovered The European Club and Tiger Woods currently holds the course record of 67. The European Club hosted the Irish PGA Championship in 2007 and 2008 specifically to prepare Padraig Harrington for the British Open in the following weeks. It worked so well he won both the Irish and British titles both years!
Day Itinerary 9, Irish Golf Tour with Concierge Golf
Transportation: 9.00am picked up at the hotel, followed by a 40 minute drive trip to the European Club
Tee time: 11am tee time at the European Club with PGA Pro John Dooley. (on going working on my swing)
Weather: – mid to low 60s, clam day, started off sunny, windy, then overcast, then sunny to finish, but perfect for golf and no rain!
Dinner: 8pm Matt the Threshers, Dublin city centre
Golf tips: Keep working on my swing sequence, work abd keep working on a good warm routine before you play. A good warm up can make a great impact on your score and your ball striking.
The course was quite tough and I found the rough very difficult to manage for my 13 handicap. Golf in Ireland on Irish Golf Links are very different to play than what I am use to back at home in the USA. I did figure out midway through this golf course; that the best way for me to play was to hit my ball into the bigger landing areas, which were about 150 – 170 yards from the hole for my second shots on par 4s and play from s 100 yards in for my 3rd shot on the par 5s. The hotel is great and good location to the centre of town and dinner was fine too! Look forward to tomorrow’s round at Portmarnock and we are playing with a member that playing on a winning walker cup team.