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Ireland Trip August 2013

by on Aug.29, 2013, under Happenings


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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