El Dorado Park Men's Golf Club

Ireland 2010

Bob Forster and I just returned from the ultimate golf junkie's trip to Ireland. We drove around the perimeter of the entire country and played 17 of the country's best links golf courses in 11 days. At one point we played 36 holes a day for five days in a row. We walked every course with our clubs on a pull cart, what they call a "trolley"; nearly 70 miles in all. Our itinerary was Ballybunion, Tralee, Waterville, the European Club, Portmarnock, The Island (in Dublin), County Louth, then into Northern Ireland for Royal County Down, Portstewart, Royal Portrush, then back into the Republic of Ireland for Ballyliffin (the northernmost course in Ireland), Rosapenna, Donegal, Rosses Point at County Sligo, Carne (perhaps the most remote course in Ireland), Lahinch and Greg Norman's Doonbeg.

Steve Friend

Sand trap at Royal Portrush

Graveyard off the 1st tee at Ballybunion.

Bob lining up a putt at Tralee.

Irish countryside in County Louth.

The beauty of Royal County Down in Northern Ireland.

Rosses Point, County Sligo Golf Cub.

The town of Lahinch from the 2nd tee.

Tee shot at Doonbeg

Steve in the rough.


Clubhouse at Doonbeg