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Irish golf-writer-turned-architect Pat Ruddy, designer of The European Club, releases his latest book

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I got a package in the mail the other day from a new friend. It was a pleasant surprise from Pat Ruddy, the interesting Irishman I met last summer while playing his magical links, the European Club south of Dublin in County Wicklow. Ruddy was ki… more »

Ireland's Carton House set to host the 2013 Irish Open - and Rory McIlroy - and upgrades its O'Meara course, too

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Carton House is busy preparing for the 2013 Irish Open on its Colin Montgomerie Course in County Kildare near Dublin. The European Tour event last visited Monty's trap-laden inland links in 2005 and 2006. It's big news that Northern Irishman Rory McIlro… more »

Golf fans storm Royal Portrush to see Rory McIlroy and friends at the 2012 Irish Open in Northern Ireland

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If the outpouring of love and support of the Irish for the 2012 Irish Open hasn't won over the R&A by now, a British Open probably won't ever come to Royal Portrush. I've spent the last two days at Portrush - one of the world's top links - and th… more »

Touring undiscovered links golf courses in north and west Ireland like Donegal, County Sligo and Rosapenna is worth the trip

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COUNTY DONEGAL, Ireland - COUNTY DONEGAL, Ireland – It’s a shame most American golfers never see the Northwest coast of Ireland. Driving through “Yeat’s Country” is so beautifully rural and so distinctly Irish. The roads are narrow and winding. The… more »

Now's the time to plan a golf trip to Ireland

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I'm in Scottsdale at the moment, but all the dreary wet weather outside my window at home has me dreaming of golf. No not Hawaii or Palm Springs or even Scottsdale. I’m talking about Ireland. I really shouldn’t equate rain with Irish golf. My overs… more »

The 2012 Irish Open heads to Royal Portrush. Is the British Open next?

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Welcome back, Royal Portrush. I really, really hope you can stick around in the tournament spotlight awhile. The magical links in Northern Ireland will host the 2012 Irish Open, a European Tour event that has been too often vanquished to Irish p… more »

Scenic Ardglass Golf Club in Northern Ireland honored as the "Links" of the Year by Irish Tour Operators

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Once my review of Ardglass Golf Club published, I got a scathing comment from a fellow golf writer that Ardglass was a nice "holiday course" and didn't deserve the praise I heaped upon it. I saw his point. Ardglass is no Royal County Down or Royal P… more »

Golfers shouldn't ignore Temple Bar in Dublin when visiting Ireland

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I asked a local Irishman today where a "golfer" would go to eat at the Temple Bar, the touristy night spot in Dublin. He laughed and scoffed: "Golfers don't go down there." It's always fun to prove a stereotype so wrong. It took some extra effor… more »

It's alway sunny the first day of a golf trip to Ireland

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Considering all the hurdles it takes to get here -- a ride to the airport, two planes, customs, a rental car -- I'd call my first day in Ireland a success. I didn't get the pot of gold at the end of this rainbow -- see the perfect shot of the clubho… more »

Book "18 Greatest Irish Golf Holes" a perfect primer for upcoming trip to Ireland

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I'm gearing up for my seventh trip to Ireland, this time to experience the 2011 Solheim Cup Sept. 23-26. I've already packed my rain gear and umbrella (check the raging debate here). I even boiled myself a fine brisket of corned beef just to get in… more »

American Solheim Cup team ready to invade Ireland and storm Killeen Castle

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All eyes will be on Juli Inkster, the first assistant coach-player in history, but all the pressure will be on captain selections Vicky Hurst and Ryann O'Toole in the 2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle in Dunsany, Co. Meath, Ireland, Sept. 23-25.… more »

The "Great Irish Links Challenge" in May features tournament rounds at Doonbeg, Ballybunion and Lahinch

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The "Great Irish Links Challenge" isn't just any golf tournament. It includes a holy trinity of Irish links -- Ballybunion, Doonbeg and Lahinch. This has the making of becoming a world-class event. more »

North and west Ireland's great links win prestious IAGTO award as the 2011 European Destination of the Year

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It seems my timing was perfect. Just two months after I toured the magical links of northwest Ireland, this remote, yet beautiful part of the Emerald Isle was named the 2011 European Golf Destination of the Year by the International Association of Go… more »

Smart golfers pack their umbrellas for trips to Ireland and Scotland

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I feel like I finally have the proof to win the debate that yes, umbrellas must be packed on golf trips to Ireland and Scotland. The unfortunate side effect was I had to suffer through several ferocious storms last week along the northern coast of Ir… more »
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