January 2016

Aoife Scott's new single is All Along The Wild Atlantic Way and we love it!

The Wild Atlantic Way now has very its very own song, and we love it!

This is singer Aoife Scott and her latest single All Along The Wild Atlantic Way.  Make sure to check out the video. It showcases in a lovely way life along the West coast of Ireland and the sites you will see as you travel between our North and West Coast Links courses.

You'll be singing this all day!

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Royal Portrush 2019 Open Championship Venue
If anyone was worried the necessary changes to Royal Portrush to allow it to stage the 2019 Open Championship would in any way diminish its charms and perils, they need not fret.  If anything they accentuate the original design and will provide a test fit for the World's best.

Here's a fantastic aerial video of the course changes explained by Maureen Madill.

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First aerial look at the course changes to Royal Portrush ahead of its staging The 2019 Open Championship.
Posted by North and West Coast Links Golf on Thursday, January 14, 2016

There was a time when you could only imagine what Alcock and Brown saw when they became the first to cross the Atlantic non-stop back in 1919.  The pioneering aviators crossed over and landed right next to Connemara Golf Links.

Now thanks to modern technology we can experience what Alcock and Brown first saw, and what every transatlantic passenger to this day looks down upon, when they first cross Ireland. Connemara Golf Links. It's simply stunning.

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Connemara Golf Club, simply stunning from the air.
Connemara Golf Club from the air. What Alcock And Brown and every Transatlantic Flight first sees of Ireland. Simply majestic.
Posted by North and West Coast Links Golf on Thursday, January 7, 2016

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North and West Coast Links would like to offer it's deepest sympathies to the family of Christy O'Connor Jnr who passed away suddenly.  Christy was a legend of Irish and European golf, and a proud Galway man.

Tributes have been pouring in for Christy.

Charlie Mulqueen in the Irish Examiner knew Christy his whole life.  His brilliant piece contains a paragraph on Junior's love of music.

When it came to partying, there were few to touch Christy O’Connor Junior and his brothers. If anything, he mastered musical instruments more naturally than golf clubs.
That evening, teammates, opponents, friends and strangers watched and listened in awe as Christy and brothers, including fellow pro Eugene, belted out melody after melody on the spoons, accordion, piano and anything else that was handy. Denis Thatcher, husband of British prime minister Margaret, was one of those captivated by the spoons but Christy warned him “it’s very hard to get a pair in England in the right key”.

Paul McGinley spoke to Sky Sports News shorty after the news broke.

The Irish Independent posted a wonderful gallery of Christy Jnr's greatest moments in pictorial form.

Malachy Clerkin in the Irish Times tells the story of the course record booty that never was.

O’Connor broke the course record at Sandwich on the opening day of the 1985 British Open. His 64 bested by one the previous record held by one of the gods of the game, Henry Cotton, who met O’Connor when came off the 18th green with a handshake and a quip: “Not a bad score for 17 holes, young man.”
Sports Illustrated later recounted the story of how a faux-pas by a BBC reporter ever-so slightly took the gloss off O’Connor’s day. Clive Clark informed Christy that his course record had earned him a bonus of £25,000. Considering that first prize in 1985 was £65,000, this was no small chunk of change.
O’Connor was delighted – he hadn’t heard such booty was on offer. And with good reason - it wasn’t. Clark had been mistaken and had told him in error. “To say I’m disappointed is a hell of an understatement,” SI quoted O’Connor as saying when he found out.

Steve Pye in the Guardian recounts the time Christy was inexplicably left out of the European Ryder Cup side by Tony Jacklin in 1985. Jacklin gave Christy got his chance in 1989 and the rest is history.

To the general amazement of everyone, Jacklin chose José Rivero instead. “I am disgusted and totally shattered,” said a furious O’Connor, understandably so after he missed out on his second Ryder Cup by just £115.89. O’Connor’s ire would run and run; according to Jacklin, the only time O’Connor spoke to him in the next four years was to offer his condolences when Jacklin’s wife Vivien passed away.

O’Connor was probably happy to see the back of 1985. At the end of the year his father died after suffering a heart attack, and over the next few seasons O’Connor seemed unable to reproduce the form that had taken him so near to joining Europe’s party. Having hovered around the top 20 during the next three years, few expected his 1989 campaign to be any different. But a fine run of displays saw O’Connor finish fifth at the Volvo Open, fourth at the Volvo PGA, third at the Dunhill British Masters, and seventh at the English Open (played at The Belfry). To top it all, O’Connor won the Jersey Open, his first individual win on the Tour since his Ryder Cup debut.

The video of O'Connor Jnr final hole against Fred Couples which retained the Ryder Cup for Europe in 1989 was widely posted.

If the world's best golfer could spend his new year anywhere in the World, where would he choose to spend it?

In the West Of Ireland of course!

Rory and his fiancee Erica Stoll celebrated New Year in Ashford Castle, County Mayo. The hotel, situated an hours drive from North and West Coast Links members Connemara and Enniscrone Golf Clubs and 90 minutes from Carne Golf Links, is regarded as one of the best in the world.  Rory grew up playing links golf on the North and West Coast and competed many times as an amateur on the courses.

It was Rory and Erica's second visit, having also spent last Christmas exploring Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.

Happy New Year guys!

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A photo posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on


If you are considering fulfilling that dream of travelling to Ireland for a golfing vacation in 2016, then let us organise it for you.

As well as our four most popular packages, we special in putting together the perfect bespoke itinerary to match your dates.

2016 North of Ireland Tour
2016 West Coast Links Tour
2016 Great North Links Challenge
2016 Donegal Classic Links Tour

Want to play golf in the morning and explore the Giant's Causeway in the afternoon? No problem, we do that.

Want to play together in a group then sit around a roaring fire in an Irish pub with traditional music? We do that too!

We want you to experience true links golf and everything else besides.  Circle those dates in red and get in touch today. The North and West Coast is waiting!

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Need a bit of appetite whetting for golf after the Christmas break?

This Castlerock Golf Club video sent into us by general manager Bert MacKay should do the trick!

Check out the absolutely stunning views of this iconic course in Coleraine, Co. Derry captured with the drone-cam.

Make sure it's on your list of courses to play during your North and West Coast Irish vacation.

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There are no plot spoilers here, don't worry!

We've just been to see Star Wars The Force Awakens and delighted to see that Ireland's iconic island rock Skellig Michael in County Kerry is the star of the show.

There just something fitting about a movie which is part of many people's culture and heritage being filmed in an area which part of Ireland's rich cultural heritage.

Another place to visit on your 2016 golfing vacation to Ireland!  Contact us here.

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