Recommend venues and courses.





"Lee Valley Golf Course boasts some of the most spectacular views in the South of Ireland" - Fred Couples former U.S. Masters Winner and Ryder Cup player.

The inaugural RoughRyder Golf Tour took place in Cork in September 2006.  RoughRyder Golf

This was an exclusive cruise and golf package which only a lucky  few were able to access.

The luxurious fully equipped liner "The Pride of  Cushendall" speedily transported the group from Swansea to Cork where they alighted refreshed and raring to golf.

After 3 days of magnificent golf in near tropical conditions they were spirited back in effortless fashion on the sister liner " The Pride of Macroom".

The tour was so well received that 3 people immediately signed up for the next one.


  • Brittany - an excellent area for golf - magnifique!!

         Many good and well presented courses, including Dinard, Des Ormes and Rennes.

               St Malo


 This is an outstanding golf course with a wide variety of challenges.

 Water is a feature from the very beginning and accuracy is the requirement here.

 You will do well to keep a score approaching par here.

 Club house facilities are impressive.


  • Normandy makes a good golfing break - even in November.

Choose the courses carefully- but we found that there were some courses in excellent condition for the time of year. The weather can also be very pleasant - as you can see from the photograph.

  Omaha  Beach


Offers three 9-hole courses : "The Sea", with its 6th hole overlooking the English Channel at the charming fishing port of Port en Bessin ; "The Pond" quite challenging, and for the more experienced golfer ; "The Hedgerow" featuring shades of different greens and rhododendrons.

The Omaha Beach Golf Club is set in a magnificent setting overlooking the D-Day beaches, close to the Normandy American Cemetery where almost 10,000 American casualties are at the rest, and close to the charming Bayeux and the "artificial Port" at Arromanches. A few of the scenes of Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" were filmed on the golf course which was liberated by the American 1st Division. on June 7, 1944.



golf-houlgateHoulgate Golf course is situated in the middle of an ancient forest, it is both a hilly and picturesque course that was originally designed by Dave Thomas and Peter Allis is 1980. It is very varied course, each hole being technically different but all complementing each other. Some holes go uphill, others go downhill, like the 15th hole, an exceptional par 5 that offers incredible views over the Channel. Other holes are flat and situated high on top of the hill. The setting is unique, very orchard-like. The first three holes border water in the valley in the grounds of the Château de Beuzeval. The course is in great condition and if you are not playing well, just enjoy the scenery.


  • Macroom- in County Cork - but try not to go in March/April!!

macroom1wFounded in 1924, Macroom is a splendid 5, 574-yard offering situated within the grounds of the castle adjacent to the town Macroom. With the Kerry Mountains creating a backdrop to the west, this is a particularly scenic course located on undulating ground. Well-placed bunkers and mature trees form a varied and testing challenge. The 12th is a feature hole with an intimidating 50-yard carry over the river to the green. The course runs alongside the River Sullane, which comes into play on four holes. The 18th, with out-of-bounds on either side, is a testing closing hole but a good drive can set you up with a birdie chance.We stayed at the luxurious Victoria Hotel !!We also played at Blarney (in the sleet & snow),which apparently has now closed - and reopened again!!

We also played at the impressive  Lee Valley which was designed by Christy O'Connor Jnr.


  • Autumn Leaves Classic - Dunmore East

faithleggThis is a competition played over 3 couses around Waterford at the beginning of September.  8 of us attended this well organised event.

The courses were Waterford Castle (an island course!!), Faithlegg (see picture) and Waterford.

The weather was brilliant; the craic was excellent; the golf was good!!  The winners were The Captain and Bob Dylan followed closely by  The 'Gay Boys'. John, the starter, had more trouble with the latter than all the rest put together.


  • North Devon

  Ilfracombe is a beautiful course set on high ground overlooking the sea.

 I believe you have a sea view on  every hole.

 An unusual layout means that there are 3 consecutive par 3s in the first nine.

 The Ilfracombe 'Royal' Carlton is the place to stay.

 Willingcott Valley and Westward Ho are the courses to play.

                                        Also play Minehead on the way then take the  scenic coast road to Ilfracombe.

  • Belgium 

 Really quality courses and not many people playing them. 
 We stayed in Mons, a fantastic venue, and there are plenty of eating places there.

  • Normandy
 We stayed in Deauville at the same time as the International Film Festival.
 This is a brilliant place to stay provided you are careful where you eat. We recommend  'Le Garage'.

  • Herefordshire      
Belmont Lodge is an excellent venue for an overnight stay and 2 rounds of golf - 
especially with Dinner and Breakfast (a la carte ) for £49

  • Des Ormes
This is an fantastic venue  in Brittany and a good base for a golf tour there.
 I have stayed there 3 times now and have been very impressed on each occasion.
The hotel is excellent and the golf course extremely well maintained.

  • Cabourg
Another 'stand out' course in Northern France, which is divided into two parts - a links layout 
and an inland woodland and water stretch.

This is the 16th Hole overlooking the sea. 


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