Unique golf competition aims to raise money for Irish Guide Dogs

Ronan MacNamara

Pádraig Harrington, pictured with Puppy in Training Fritz, announcing the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Nationwide Golf Challenge in association with TopDog Golfer which takes place on 10 and 11 June.jpg

TopDog Golfer are organising a golf competition to fundraise for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind from June 10-11 and amazingly it can be played anywhere!

Three-time major champion Pádraig Harrington is an ambassador for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind for this competition and all proceeds would go towards the charity.

Top Dog Golfer is a new platform and concept for creating golf competitions. It’s a multi course idea where one competition is run over several golf courses. 


TopDog Golfer CEO, Peter O’Brien and his team have trialled the concept over the last couple of years, running a handful of competitions in conjunction with McGuirks. This coming weekend TopDog are hosting a nationwide McGuirks Golf Multicourse competition. All details are in the App.

In order to sign up and enter the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind competition one must download the TopDog Golfer app and register on the homepage.

Players who sign up to the competition can play in their home club competition on either Saturday the 10th or Sunday the 11th of June and use that competition score as their score for the Irish Guide Dogs competition.

“You can play in your own club competition on the 10-11th of June and you can use that round to enter the nationwide Guide Dogs multi course competition,” says O’Brien.

TopDog Golfer’s unique multi course platform facilitates the creation of competitions which are played across multiple golf courses over the same period giving golfers the opportunity to compete against each other while playing on their home course anywhere in the country.

Pádraig Harrington, pictured with Puppy in Training Fritz, announcing the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Nationwide Golf Challenge in association with TopDog Golfer

In layman’s terms. If you and a friend are members of different golf clubs, you can both play in your respective club competitions on the day while competing against each other in TopDog Golfer’s multi course competition.

“The idea came from Covid because when we didn’t have competitions in clubs, we had groups of friends creating competitions themselves and generally one person did the scores and handled the money etc,” O’Brien explains. “So we thought why not develop an app to do this? 

“We have a live leaderboard which would be most applicable if you had a group of friends playing across the country so you could see in real time how they were doing in their round. It’s a great way to have banter throughout the round while at the same time being in different counties.”

“Basically, you are entering the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind competition fundraiser on the 10th and 11th of June and the TopDog Golfer platform is hosting the event  You just enter your club competition score.”

“You need to sign into the Irish Guide dogs for the blind competition before you start your round. You download the app, register, and on the homepage you will see the competition and click on the join button and pay the €20  entry fee. All entry fees are handled by Stripe. says O’Brien.

“You don’t have to say what day you are playing you just need to submit your score on that weekend before the competitions closes on Sunday night. If you played Saturday morning you don’t have to submit your Guide Dogs score immediately but you must sign up beforehand.”


  • Register for the Irish Guide Dogs competition via the TopDog Golfer app
  • Pay €20 entry fee which means you are signed into the competition.
  • You can play on either Saturday or Sunday 
  • Score from club competition on the day counts towards the Irish Guide Dogs competition

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