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  1. Thanks for the feedback guys, really appreciate it!
  2. Question for the Bandon vets on payments...I’ve done all the planning and everything for an upcoming trip for a couple buddies and myself in February and I was wondering if you guys think it would be better or easier to just have my buddies pay their portion to me directly, or it’s possible to just split it up while on site? I paid the deposit for the trip...are any of the rounds charged in advanced, or does that deposit go towards the cost of the room and then the rounds are billed on site? If they’re billed on site I’m leaning towards us just splitting up the costs on site. Any insights woul
  3. Thanks for the feedback @puttnforthe8 @ND2005and @I3erto . That was what I figured, but I just wanted to check. I did read into the different types of clubs, and had thought of just starting a non-course affiliated one with a group of people I know and golf with as an option if necessary. Thanks again.
  4. Hey All! In the beginning stages of planning a trip to Ireland and I notice that a lot of courses require proof of handicap and a couple we’re looking at playing (Royal Portrush and The European Club) also request that a letter of introduction be sent from the player’s home club. We’re traveling from the United States where neither are really required to play anywhere and where most golfers, unlike those in GB&I, (including us) are not members of clubs. Having an official handicap will not be an issue as we can get verification of that through a number of differen
  5. Island Club - Open year round, mats used during the Winter months. November - March: €90, $106 April - October: Weekdays: €165, $196 Weekends: €185, $218 Royal County Down - Open year round, generally do maintenance during winter months, some tees may be closed during this time. No mats in use during winter months. November - February: £90, $124 March: £110, $152 April: £160, $221 May - October: £270, $372 Royal Portrush - Open year round, maintenance during the winter months. Mats in use until mid to late March. Overseeding of greens
  6. I reached out to a number of different courses to see what their spring conditions/limitations were and here is what I found, which will be useful if you’re contemplating a spring trip to Ireland to try to cut down on costs by going off season. Hope this helps anyone planning a trip! Ballybunion - Closed from end of October until first week of April usually. No play restrictions once open for the season. €250, $295(USD, conversion as of 7/24/21) Tralee - Open for the season April 1st, no play restrictions once open for the season. April & October 17 On: €1
  7. I had listened to a podcast with his older son Michael a couple weeks ago and the family has massive plans all over the map. By the time they’re done developing at Sand Valley he said they would like 10-15 golf related features between full length courses (6-8) Par 3s, 9 hole courses, putting courses, etc. He mentioned on there that they’re also looking to develop in Florida and Colorado. He said that Bandon is his dad’s baby though, so he didn’t want to get out in front of anything there, but said there were plans in the works for more courses potentially on the Oregon coast.
  8. @puttnforthe8 @hammergolf @jvincent thanks for the advice and feedback. I did start sending emails to some of the clubs. Tralee and Ballybunion are actually closed during the month of March. Haven’t heard back from the others. Thanks again.
  9. Hey all! Currently in the beginning stages of planning a couple weeks long golf trip to Ireland and we’re looking at the early to mid-Spring timeframe (late March to late April) for our dates to help save some money on greens fees, which can obviously stack up pretty quickly. I’ve done quite a bit of research and it seems like some clubs may have restrictions during that time of year (fairways out of play, mats in use, back tee boxes closed). I was wondering if anybody might be able to shed any insight on what courses actually have restrictions such as those listed (or others not l
  10. Not sure if anyone saw the Golf Digest post today but Bandon is looking to build a 6th full length course tentatively called “New River Dunes”, with sources saying that David McLay Kidd is the favorite to be the designer. https://www.golfdigest.com/story/bandon-dunes-sixth-18-course?utm_medium=social&utm_source=instagram&utm_campaign=golfdigest
  11. File this under the “way too early but it’s never too early to look ahead to Bandon category”... After having to cancel our first trip to Bandon within 10 days of our departure date this past February because of a medical emergency with a family member, myself and two buddies have reschedule and expanded our inaugural visit to Bandon for February 2022. Our itinerary is as follows: 2/12 - Range/Shorty’s/Punchbowl 2/13 - AM - Preserve, PM - Bandon 2/14 - AM - Trails, PM - Sheep Ranch 2/15 - AM - Pacific Dunes 2/16 - AM - Old Mac, PM - Trails
  12. Trip had to be cancelled because of health issues of immediate family member. Thanks for all the advice and comments nonetheless everyone. Take care.
  13. @Pulledabill yeah I know. We’ve had the same restrictions in Michigan for the past couple months, it is what it is.
  14. @JNewsted definitely going to try to power through. Done enough browsing on the forums here to figure out what I felt was a good schedule for us, tried to mix up morning and afternoon tee times as best as possible. @Lefty_89 I felt that the Preserve would be a good introduction and couldn’t think of a better way to start the big courses than with the original. Will definitely be posting course write ups, rankings, and photos.
  15. Final Itinerary: 2/7 - Preserve 9am, BD 11:30am 2/8 - Trails 8am, PD 1:10pm 2/9 - OM 8:20am, Trails 1:20pm 2/10 - PD 7:50am, BD 1:10pm 2/11 - Sheep Ranch 10:50am We’ll probably end up trimming a round or two of the replays depending on weather/exhaustion levels haha. First time to Bandon though, so who knows, maybe we’ll just power through all 157 holes and worry about the exhaustion later. I know it’s entirely too early to be looking at the weather, but we’re really hoping for a little shift from the current forecast. Accuweather has well ov
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