Ireland Conditions

Anybody have any first hand experience on the course conditions? I've seen a couple pictures of Lahinch and Ballybunion looking pretty rough from lack of rain. We are heading to SW Ireland in about 6 weeks for Lahinch, Ballybunion, Waterville, Old Head, etc and wondering if the turf is as bad as the few pictures I have seen. I know it isn't going to be green and perfect and that's fine but the few pictures I have seen look like the entire course is burned.
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  • az2auaz2au Members Posts: 1,768 ✭✭
    I’ve only been fortunate to be there a couple of times when it looks like that. It is a blast to play that way. Links turf plays just fine brown. I’m hopeful that Scotland will still look like what I saw of Carnoustie when I’m there a month from now.
  • hlcahlca Members Posts: 485 ✭✭
    henniga wrote:


    Anybody have any first hand experience on the course conditions? I've seen a couple pictures of Lahinch and Ballybunion looking pretty rough from lack of rain. We are heading to SW Ireland in about 6 weeks for Lahinch, Ballybunion, Waterville, Old Head, etc and wondering if the turf is as bad as the few pictures I have seen. I know it isn't going to be green and perfect and that's fine but the few pictures I have seen look like the entire course is burned.




    @henniga -- I wonder if I will bump into you. We're heading there that week as well. Playing the Island, Lahinch, Ballybunion, Bantry Bay, and Old Head.
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  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,983 ✭✭
    az2au wrote:


    I’ve only been fortunate to be there a couple of times when it looks like that. It is a blast to play that way. Links turf plays just fine brown. I’m hopeful that Scotland will still look like what I saw of Carnoustie when I’m there a month from now.




    +1



    That brown look is what they are going for in the summer. I was just in Scotland and it was so pure. One of my best friends is from Lahinch and he was just telling me how perfect it is right now.
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  • hennigahenniga Members Posts: 32 ✭✭
    az2au wrote:


    I’ve only been fortunate to be there a couple of times when it looks like that. It is a blast to play that way. Links turf plays just fine brown. I’m hopeful that Scotland will still look like what I saw of Carnoustie when I’m there a month from now.




    We went to Norhern Ireland and Scotland in May 5 years ago and it was great. We love firm and fast and it was great but it was much more green. I was not aware that it got this brown in the summer so I was a little fearful that the greens would be bare and bumpy.
  • hennigahenniga Members Posts: 32 ✭✭
    hlca wrote:

    henniga wrote:


    Anybody have any first hand experience on the course conditions? I've seen a couple pictures of Lahinch and Ballybunion looking pretty rough from lack of rain. We are heading to SW Ireland in about 6 weeks for Lahinch, Ballybunion, Waterville, Old Head, etc and wondering if the turf is as bad as the few pictures I have seen. I know it isn't going to be green and perfect and that's fine but the few pictures I have seen look like the entire course is burned.




    @henniga -- I wonder if I will bump into you. We're heading there that week as well. Playing the Island, Lahinch, Ballybunion, Bantry Bay, and Old Head.




    We will be there 8/20 - 8/28. Playing Old Head, Ballybunion, Hogs Head, Waterville, Dooks, Tralee, Doonbeg, Lahinch and Killarney. We may play an emergency 9 at Spanish Point after Doonbeg.
  • davep043davep043 Members Posts: 3,019 ✭✭
    I just came back from a week in Scotland. The courses in Ayr, on the southwest coast, did show some strain from the really warm dry spell they had in May/June. Our caddie at Prestwick pointed out a few spots where they'd had to make some repairs. It was absolutely fine to play, but the turf was a little thinner than I've seen in either Scotland or Ireland before. In East Lothian the turf wasn't as stressed, and looked a little thicker and healthier.
  • puttnforthe8puttnforthe8 Members Posts: 2,768 ✭✭
    Courses in Ireland are perfect.... was just there 5 weeks ago...played east and west coast. far from "pretty rough".



    I am sure there may be some drying and burnt spots since then, but I cannot see the courses being bad at all. I lived there for many years and even in the worst spells they were never bad.
  • ZMOZMO Members Posts: 331
    Ask for Dave at Ballybunion.....Great caddy I used last year. He used to live in the states for a bit....Georgia area. Another young guy James...he was with our grouping...Great guy. Tell him Zach w no tees sent ya!
  • adschusadschus Members Posts: 280 ✭✭
    Played RCD, Ardglass, Portstewart, Royal Portrush, Lahinch, Old Head, and Powerscourt over the past three weeks. Hasn't rained in 4+ weeks in the entire region, temps are high 60s to high 70s everywhere with little, <15 mph winds. Might as well be Spain. Anyways, fast and firm everywhere. Was so much fun. Aim for the front of all greens. They water the greens but they are still rock solid. Difficult to hold. Play RCD as much as you can if you plan to play.
  • Edaw68Edaw68 Members Posts: 1,471 ✭✭
    ZMO wrote:


    Ask for Dave at Ballybunion.....Great caddy I used last year. He used to live in the states for a bit....Georgia area. Another young guy James...he was with our grouping...Great guy. Tell him Zach w no tees sent ya!




    Nice avatar.
  • soulcicciasoulciccia Members Posts: 191
    A group of friends just returned from 2 weeks, the first in Dublin, the second they moved to Galway..they were lucky with weather, but told greens were in average conditions compared to previous years.
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  • ChancemanChanceman Members Posts: 546 ✭✭
    We are going in September, all the way around anti-clockwise RCD, Ardglass, RP, Castlerock, Ballyliffin, Donegal, Sligo, Enniscrone, Connemara, then the big 4, up to the Euro Club and then Portmarnock, Baltray and the Island. Brown, green, pale blue, I cannot wait.
  • MMB1500MMB1500 Members Posts: 6,312 ✭✭
    edited Jul 16, 2018 #14
    I just got back from a short trip to Ireland (12th - 15th July, 2018). Played Killarney (Kileen), both Ballybunion Courses and The Island Club - a fantastic links course just outside Dublin. At the moment the courses are seriously baked. Everything is rock hard and brown other than the greens and tees, plus a few walkways. The starter at Ballybunion mentioned that they'd only had 4 days of rain in the last 60 or something, which is very unusual for Ireland.



    It was a lot of fun, but also a shame in a way as the courses probably weren't looking their best. You also really have to adapt your game to the conditions. I've posted a few pics below to give you an idea of how it's looking as of last week.



    There's still a good chance of some rain between now and when you go, so it may be a bit lusher by the time you play.



  • hlcahlca Members Posts: 485 ✭✭
    henniga wrote:

    hlca wrote:

    henniga wrote:


    Anybody have any first hand experience on the course conditions? I've seen a couple pictures of Lahinch and Ballybunion looking pretty rough from lack of rain. We are heading to SW Ireland in about 6 weeks for Lahinch, Ballybunion, Waterville, Old Head, etc and wondering if the turf is as bad as the few pictures I have seen. I know it isn't going to be green and perfect and that's fine but the few pictures I have seen look like the entire course is burned.




    @henniga -- I wonder if I will bump into you. We're heading there that week as well. Playing the Island, Lahinch, Ballybunion, Bantry Bay, and Old Head.




    We will be there 8/20 - 8/28. Playing Old Head, Ballybunion, Hogs Head, Waterville, Dooks, Tralee, Doonbeg, Lahinch and Killarney. We may play an emergency 9 at Spanish Point after Doonbeg.




    We're there from 8/21 to 9/5. Also going for a wedding so only squeezing in 5 rounds. I'm excited, but at the same time a little nervous because I've been recovering from a thumb injury for the last 6 weeks and know I'm really rusty right now...hope you play well!


    MrWolf wrote:


    I just got back from a short trip to Ireland (12th - 15th July, 2018). Played Killarney (Kileen), both Ballybunion Courses and The Island Club - a fantastic links course just outside Dublin. At the moment the courses are seriously baked. Everything is rock hard and brown other than the greens and tees, plus a few walkways. The starter at Ballybunion mentioned that they'd only had 4 days of rain in the last 60 or something, which is very unusual for Ireland.



    It was a lot of fun, but also a shame in a way as the courses probably weren't looking their best. You also really have to adapt your game to the conditions. I've posted a few pics below to give you an idea of how it's looking as of last week.



    There's still a good chance of some rain between now and when you go, so it may be a bit lusher by the time you play.




    I feel like an idiot for buying rain gear for this trip! Lol. Who knows, maybe it will rain cats and dogs while I'm there...with my luck that might actually happen...
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  • MMB1500MMB1500 Members Posts: 6,312 ✭✭
    hlca wrote:


    I feel like an idiot for buying rain gear for this trip! Lol. Who knows, maybe it will rain cats and dogs while I'm there...with my luck that might actually happen...




    Don't. I did the same thing. Remember this is Ireland, so the weather is still extremely changeable despite this summer's heatwave. In a few more weeks, things could have turned around completely.
  • titleistfreak77titleistfreak77 Members Posts: 3
    I'm going the last week in September , we'll still have a blast playing
  • petey_bucketspetey_buckets BDS Members Posts: 10
    I played the Cork Golf Club over July 4th weekend, beautiful layout was just a bit dried out due to the lack of rain. Advice to anyone dabbling in links golf is to bring a caddie, especially for tee shots.
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  • hlca wrote:
    henniga wrote:

    hlca wrote:

    henniga wrote:


    Anybody have any first hand experience on the course conditions? I've seen a couple pictures of Lahinch and Ballybunion looking pretty rough from lack of rain. We are heading to SW Ireland in about 6 weeks for Lahinch, Ballybunion, Waterville, Old Head, etc and wondering if the turf is as bad as the few pictures I have seen. I know it isn't going to be green and perfect and that's fine but the few pictures I have seen look like the entire course is burned.




    @henniga -- I wonder if I will bump into you. We're heading there that week as well. Playing the Island, Lahinch, Ballybunion, Bantry Bay, and Old Head.




    We will be there 8/20 - 8/28. Playing Old Head, Ballybunion, Hogs Head, Waterville, Dooks, Tralee, Doonbeg, Lahinch and Killarney. We may play an emergency 9 at Spanish Point after Doonbeg.




    We're there from 8/21 to 9/5. Also going for a wedding so only squeezing in 5 rounds. I'm excited, but at the same time a little nervous because I've been recovering from a thumb injury for the last 6 weeks and know I'm really rusty right now...hope you play well!


    MrWolf wrote:


    I just got back from a short trip to Ireland (12th - 15th July, 2018). Played Killarney (Kileen), both Ballybunion Courses and The Island Club - a fantastic links course just outside Dublin. At the moment the courses are seriously baked. Everything is rock hard and brown other than the greens and tees, plus a few walkways. The starter at Ballybunion mentioned that they'd only had 4 days of rain in the last 60 or something, which is very unusual for Ireland.



    It was a lot of fun, but also a shame in a way as the courses probably weren't looking their best. You also really have to adapt your game to the conditions. I've posted a few pics below to give you an idea of how it's looking as of last week.



    There's still a good chance of some rain between now and when you go, so it may be a bit lusher by the time you play.




    I feel like an idiot for buying rain gear for this trip! Lol. Who knows, maybe it will rain cats and dogs while I'm there...with my luck that might actually happen...




    Heading there as well - same dates:



    26th - Doonbeg

    27th - Tralee + Waterville

    28th - Old Head



    Maybe we’ll cross paths.
  • prsgtrmanprsgtrman prsgtrman Members Posts: 1,544
    jealous, went there this march/april and had a blast. enjoy!
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    Heading there as well - same dates:



    26th - Doonbeg

    27th - Tralee + Waterville

    28th - Old Head



    Maybe we’ll cross paths.




    Very jealous of your trip!



    You’re playing tralee and Waterville in the same day? Keep in mind it’s around a two hour drive between the two courses maybe even longer since you’re driving half the ring of Kerry.



    Though I’m sure you’re aware so either way have fun at those courses they are two of the best SW Ireland has to offer.
  • hlcahlca Members Posts: 485 ✭✭
    jaw1978 wrote:


    Heading there as well - same dates:



    26th - Doonbeg

    27th - Tralee + Waterville

    28th - Old Head



    Maybe we’ll cross paths.




    Only overlap we have is old head, and that we're playing on 9/3. It's nice and wet again though at least in Dublin. Hopefully courses will be greener, although not as much run out.
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  • hlcahlca Members Posts: 485 ✭✭
    I played the Island Golf Club today. Had a caddie, which was helpful. Weather was great on the front then turned into this torrential rain/hailstorm with 40 mph winds in the back nine. Was really grateful to have my rainsuit as I actually managed to stay dry underneath. There course itself was fun and well designed but as a fair weather CA golfer, I was totally out of my element on the back nine.
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  • MMB1500MMB1500 Members Posts: 6,312 ✭✭
    hlca wrote:


    I played the Island Golf Club today. Had a caddie, which was helpful. Weather was great on the front then turned into this torrential rain/hailstorm with 40 mph winds in the back nine. Was really grateful to have my rainsuit as I actually managed to stay dry underneath. There course itself was fun and well designed but as a fair weather CA golfer, I was totally out of my element on the back nine.




    Sounds like you played some true links golf!
  • CDMCDM Members Posts: 1,682 ✭✭
    MrWolf wrote:


    I just got back from a short trip to Ireland (12th - 15th July, 2018). Played Killarney (Kileen), both Ballybunion Courses and The Island Club - a fantastic links course just outside Dublin. At the moment the courses are seriously baked. Everything is rock hard and brown other than the greens and tees, plus a few walkways. The starter at Ballybunion mentioned that they'd only had 4 days of rain in the last 60 or something, which is very unusual for Ireland.



    It was a lot of fun, but also a shame in a way as the courses probably weren't looking their best. You also really have to adapt your game to the conditions. I've posted a few pics below to give you an idea of how it's looking as of last week.



    There's still a good chance of some rain between now and when you go, so it may be a bit lusher by the time you play.







    Is that the ISLAND Course? Looks sweet
  • MMB1500MMB1500 Members Posts: 6,312 ✭✭
    CDM wrote:

    MrWolf wrote:


    I just got back from a short trip to Ireland (12th - 15th July, 2018). Played Killarney (Kileen), both Ballybunion Courses and The Island Club - a fantastic links course just outside Dublin. At the moment the courses are seriously baked. Everything is rock hard and brown other than the greens and tees, plus a few walkways. The starter at Ballybunion mentioned that they'd only had 4 days of rain in the last 60 or something, which is very unusual for Ireland.



    It was a lot of fun, but also a shame in a way as the courses probably weren't looking their best. You also really have to adapt your game to the conditions. I've posted a few pics below to give you an idea of how it's looking as of last week.



    There's still a good chance of some rain between now and when you go, so it may be a bit lusher by the time you play.







    Is that the ISLAND Course? Looks sweet




    The last one is The Island Club. The others are at Ballybunion. Both fantastic courses. That was back in July though I understand they are looking a lot greener now.
  • ZMOZMO Members Posts: 331
    Edaw68 wrote:

    ZMO wrote:


    Ask for Dave at Ballybunion.....Great caddy I used last year. He used to live in the states for a bit....Georgia area. Another young guy James...he was with our grouping...Great guy. Tell him Zach w no tees sent ya!




    Nice avatar.




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  • hennigahenniga Members Posts: 32 ✭✭
    henniga wrote:

    hlca wrote:

    henniga wrote:


    Anybody have any first hand experience on the course conditions? I've seen a couple pictures of Lahinch and Ballybunion looking pretty rough from lack of rain. We are heading to SW Ireland in about 6 weeks for Lahinch, Ballybunion, Waterville, Old Head, etc and wondering if the turf is as bad as the few pictures I have seen. I know it isn't going to be green and perfect and that's fine but the few pictures I have seen look like the entire course is burned.




    @henniga -- I wonder if I will bump into you. We're heading there that week as well. Playing the Island, Lahinch, Ballybunion, Bantry Bay, and Old Head.




    We will be there 8/20 - 8/28. Playing Old Head, Ballybunion, Hogs Head, Waterville, Dooks, Tralee, Doonbeg, Lahinch and Killarney. We may play an emergency 9 at Spanish Point after Doonbeg.




    Just returned last night. Courses are getting green but still fast. Had a wonderful time. Super foggy at Old Head, so that was a real bummer. Rained sideways for about 12 holes at Hogs Head. That is a first class facility with their 2 helicopters (also have a private jet) bringing in members one after the other. I think we were the only guests on the course that day as their practice round for the member/member tourney was that day. Tralee day was as perfect a day as one can ask. That is a fantastic track. Front 9 designed by Arnold Palmer, back 9 designed by God. Hard to beat Irish golf, but you spend a lot of time in a car doing that SW trip.
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    henniga wrote:

    henniga wrote:

    hlca wrote:

    henniga wrote:


    Anybody have any first hand experience on the course conditions? I've seen a couple pictures of Lahinch and Ballybunion looking pretty rough from lack of rain. We are heading to SW Ireland in about 6 weeks for Lahinch, Ballybunion, Waterville, Old Head, etc and wondering if the turf is as bad as the few pictures I have seen. I know it isn't going to be green and perfect and that's fine but the few pictures I have seen look like the entire course is burned.




    @henniga -- I wonder if I will bump into you. We're heading there that week as well. Playing the Island, Lahinch, Ballybunion, Bantry Bay, and Old Head.




    We will be there 8/20 - 8/28. Playing Old Head, Ballybunion, Hogs Head, Waterville, Dooks, Tralee, Doonbeg, Lahinch and Killarney. We may play an emergency 9 at Spanish Point after Doonbeg.




    Just returned last night. Courses are getting green but still fast. Had a wonderful time. Super foggy at Old Head, so that was a real bummer. Rained sideways for about 12 holes at Hogs Head. That is a first class facility with their 2 helicopters (also have a private jet) bringing in members one after the other. I think we were the only guests on the course that day as their practice round for the member/member tourney was that day. Tralee day was as perfect a day as one can ask. That is a fantastic track. Front 9 designed by Arnold Palmer, back 9 designed by God. Hard to beat Irish golf, but you spend a lot of time in a car doing that SW trip.




    Thanks. did you stay in Killarney? Any advice on where to eat/drink?
  • troublelovetroublelove Members Posts: 354 ✭✭
    dhc1 wrote:

    henniga wrote:

    henniga wrote:

    hlca wrote:

    henniga wrote:


    Anybody have any first hand experience on the course conditions? I've seen a couple pictures of Lahinch and Ballybunion looking pretty rough from lack of rain. We are heading to SW Ireland in about 6 weeks for Lahinch, Ballybunion, Waterville, Old Head, etc and wondering if the turf is as bad as the few pictures I have seen. I know it isn't going to be green and perfect and that's fine but the few pictures I have seen look like the entire course is burned.




    @henniga -- I wonder if I will bump into you. We're heading there that week as well. Playing the Island, Lahinch, Ballybunion, Bantry Bay, and Old Head.




    We will be there 8/20 - 8/28. Playing Old Head, Ballybunion, Hogs Head, Waterville, Dooks, Tralee, Doonbeg, Lahinch and Killarney. We may play an emergency 9 at Spanish Point after Doonbeg.




    Just returned last night. Courses are getting green but still fast. Had a wonderful time. Super foggy at Old Head, so that was a real bummer. Rained sideways for about 12 holes at Hogs Head. That is a first class facility with their 2 helicopters (also have a private jet) bringing in members one after the other. I think we were the only guests on the course that day as their practice round for the member/member tourney was that day. Tralee day was as perfect a day as one can ask. That is a fantastic track. Front 9 designed by Arnold Palmer, back 9 designed by God. Hard to beat Irish golf, but you spend a lot of time in a car doing that SW trip.




    Thanks. did you stay in Killarney? Any advice on where to eat/drink?




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    Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder on New Street: 1200 types of whiskey and very good food

    Lord Kenmare's on College Street: good food, need reservations

    Hannigan's Bar on Kenmare Place: quintessential Irish pub

    The Porterhouse: slightly touristy but good casual pub




    Thanks. I'm grateful
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