Rosses Point Shines for season-opening West of Ireland
Many of our clients ask us "where do the Irish like to play?" The simple answer is the Irish like to play everywhere, but there is no arguing the reverence in which our Championship Links venues are held. The North South East and West Championships are hosted by Royal Portrush, County Louth, Lahinch and County Sligo respectively. At the recent season opening at the West of Ireland, whilst not taking from the superb performance of the winner, the course was the star of the show. Caolan Rafferty won with a total of 276 (-8), an astonishing score of the Championship tees in County Sligo, affectionately known as Rosses Point. The course was tough but fair and presented in magnificent condition. It will host the Irish Amateur Open just next month.
Yours truly managed to make the three round cut on the number with rounds of 75,77,71 and finished with 74 for a +13 total of 297. Happy enough for a season opener but will be hoping to improve at our other great venues.
Renowned Golf course architect Mr Pat Ruddy has extended the course with sensitivity to the original design of Mr Harry Colt. Wit new championship tee, larger green complexes, and new fairway bunkering there is little doubt the links Connacht's only candidate for a first Irish Open Championship. In an interview with General Manager David O'Donovan and Captain, Kevin Flannagan we discuss the history of the club and The West of Ireland Championship. During the interview, David assured me of the importance of Golf Tourism to the region which means the course will be presented in the same condition to tourists as it is for elite amateur championships.