Northern Ireland Day 2 (Ballyliffin GC)
Ballyliffin Golf Club is the host Course for the 2018 Irish Open.
A 36-hole private club Ballyliffin comprises of The Old Links and Glashedy Links and has approximately 1400 members with the full playing fee less than 800 Euro per year which amazingly inexpensive for such a prestigious club.
After the 90 minute bus ride through Londonderry (or Derry as some call it) to Ballyliffin we found ourselves back in the Republic of Ireland.
We needed to stop off on the way so the lads could get some Euros out of a ATM machine. Again, a very warm welcome extended to the Elite Golf Tours group from the locals.
An opportunity to hit a few balls and get a couple of tips from the pro PT to right the swing after getting a bit beaten up at Castlerock.
A caddie with each group helped show each group where to go and then how to get there out of the fescue and marram grass rough. A wonderful course befitting of a the Irish National Open where some back tees have been installed and mowing profiles have started to be adjusted 12 months in advance.
Being only 5 miles as the crow flies from Cape Mullen the Northern most point of Ireland the dunes were of a wild and windswept character shaped by zephyr's off the North Atlantic Sea.
The greens were large and a good number of them possessed a step, ridge, swale, or depression that made them tricky to putt from distance. The fescue surfaces themselves were in tremendous shape and our team found them a tad quicker than yesterday at Castlerock.
However, one of the crew Malcolm Pettigrew from the Marlborough Golf Club played very nicely shooting under his handicap scoring 37 pts to lead the day.
We stayed and enjoyed dinner in the clubhouse with a couple of local ales before making the journey home.
We look forward to watching how the best on the European Tour negotiate this Links next July...It's fair to say there's plenty of birdies left out there after our visit!