Rising Pitch

Rising Pitch

I was at Fermoy Golf Club last week and as I walked up the 17th fairway I spotted a ball lying off to the side, where some course maintenance had been taking place. The ball was old, a Commando that looked like it had been buried for about two decades. I posted a pic...
Get Shorty*

Get Shorty*

It was fantastic news when Golf.com published their Top 50 Best 9-Hole Courses in the World, and Ireland had four entries. Cruit Island, Mulranny, Castlegregory and Bushfoot were all included. Mulranny came in at 16th, and the review read as follows: “Expert’s take:...
Flaming September*

Flaming September*

For most of us, 2020 has been an ‘annus horribilis’. Little wonder with Covid-19 leading the charge to a different way of life and putting fear and doubt into most people’s minds. Golf, however, benefitted as things started to reopen. The current...
You Give Love a Bad Name*

You Give Love a Bad Name*

Over the past few days I have seen photos on Twitter of greens scalped by an angry golfer. A divot-sized chunk is torn through the putting surface, the flap of green folded over forlornly to one side. The most recent one is from North West Golf Club on the Inishowen...
See The Point 

See The Point 

It was early July and Leona Maguire had just won the Flogas Irish Scratch Series earlier in the day when I arrived to play Seapoint. It had been four years since my last visit and I knew much had changed. Not in terms of layout but the conditioning, shaping and the...