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Ireland Trip August 2013

by on Aug.29, 2013, under Happenings

Ballybunion

Bill Marx organized a nine day trip for four of us to Ireland to play two great Irish links golf courses. We all met on Saturday August 15, in the Newark airport for the trip to Shannon, Ireland. The fearsome foursome, included Bill, Dr. Paul Pellicci, Patrick Mullen and myself. We arrived in Shannon early Sunday morning and drove to Ballybunion. Our hotel was Teach De Broc, located right across the road from the driving range at the Ballybunion golf course. I have stayed there on several occasions and it seems to get better every stay with the one constant, the incredibly friendly proprietors and staff. We do a little touring of the town of Balleybunion, visit the golf club and have lunch. That evening we have a great dinner and enjoy the entertainment at one of the pubs in town. The next day we play our first round on the old course at Ballybunion, which is a great track, starting with the first hole that goes past the cemetery that collects a few balls to the last hole back up to the club house. Every hole is unique and challenging. The weather is pretty good by Irish standards, with a nice 25 to 35 knot wind to add to the challenge. The fairways are narrow and the rough is very very rough, so it makes for some interesting scores. We are joined by some of our friends from Ireland the next two days, that we know through the late Ernie Ransome. Ernie had a great connection with this golf club and our Irish friends. We all commiserate about losing our friend and enjoy two rounds of golf together in his honor. We have a great experience in Ballybunion, good friends, fun golf, good food and drink as well as many good laughs.

Fearsome foursomeSays it allDowntown BalleybunionBalleybunion castle ruinsIrish country sideBalleybunion first holeBalleybunion LinksDon't miss the fairway!Don't miss the green!Irish Links18th fairway BalleybuniounPine Valley TwinsWhere Ernie left his mark

On to Lahinch.

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