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Ladies year in Ireland: Carr Golf Travel offers Couples Challenge, Father-Daughter event for 2010

There has never been a better year than 2010 to bring the lady in your life along on an Ireland golf vacation.

2008 Father-daughter winners James and Katie Layden
The 2010 World Invitational Father-Daughter Golf Tournament will be staged July 25-28 exclusively at Doonbeg Golf Resort.
2008 Father-daughter winners James and Katie LaydenDoonbeg Golf Club: The LodgeK ClubWorld Invitational Father-Daughter Golf Tournament

Women's golf will take center stage in Ireland next year as the Solheim Cup comes to Ireland for the first time in 2011 at Killeen Castle. This summer, Carr Golf Travel has announced two very special events you can play in: the inaugural Celtic Couples Challenge and the Third World Invitational Father-Daughter Golf Tournament.

This will be the 21st year Carr Golf Travel has hosted a similar Father-Son Invitational at Waterville Golf Links (Aug. 11-15, 2010). The tourney organizers discovered some of their regular participants were beginning to feel the heat at home.

"Some of our visitors have been coming to Ireland many years for the father-son event, and their wives and daughters were beginning to ask questions," said Marty Carr, chief executive of Carr Golf Travel. "Now they can come along and compete as well."

The Father-Daughter tournament will be staged July 25-28 exclusively at Doonbeg Golf Resort. With a look that appears as ageless as its many 19th-century neighbors, this Greg Norman design is one the finest new pure links golf courses in Ireland. In the first two events, there have been young daughters in grade school, as well as adult women with their retired fathers. Teams are encouraged to come a few days early and hone their links game on one of southwest Ireland's many other world class links nearby like Lahinch Golf Club and Ballybunion.

For the first-ever Celtic Couples Challenge, couples will enjoy accommodations at two of Ireland's finest five-star golf hotels: the K Club and Doonbeg Lodge, sampling both the finest in links and parkland golf by playing Doonbeg (and optional practice round), K Club Ryder Cup course and Royal Dublin Golf Club.

With event dates from Sept. 27-Oct. 1, participants will also have the unique opportunity for transfer to Wales for the Ryder Cup. Or couples can arrive a few days early and play some courses and visit some sights around Ireland before the event.

Both events will be staged as a two-person better ball Stableford format. In each, special attention is paid to the atmosphere of the event to ensure all teams enjoy themselves.

"Some teams are serious about winning," noted Carr. "Others are a little more apprehensive about competition and just here for the 'crack.' We're sure to pair like-minded groups together and facilitate group requests."

With the Euro coming down to low levels, as well as recent price slashing at resorts and golf courses across Ireland, the entire Celtic Challenge package is €2,550 per couple (€1,275 individually). Price includes transportation throughout the event, welcome reception and dinners, tournament gift and Tipperary Crystal prizes.

The Father-Daughter Tournament is €995 per person, and on top of three rounds of golf and three nights at Doonbeg, it includes full Irish breakfasts each morning, barbecue, gala dinner and prizes, room gifts, tournament photo and service charges.

The packages do not include airfare, but Carr Golf Travel has received an exclusive partnership to offer specials running as low as $349 each way and first class upgrades starting at $450, good when booked before June 1.

The Celtic Challenge and Father-Daughter Tournament are just two of many special events held by Carr Golf Travel each year; for a full list of events, contact Carr Golf Travel.

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