Tag: Ireland

PGA National Ireland Slieve Russell Feature Review

Slieve Russell, which has been rebranded as PGA National Ireland, is a premier stay and play facility. Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the chance to experience this visually striking venue and shares his thoughts. read more ...


Royal Portrush Staged Passionate Open for the Ages

It was an event for the ages. Huge and passionate crowds at Royal Portrush roared Shane Lowry to success and the Claret Jug. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on this year's Open, the highs and lows, making the argument that the championship needs to return soon. read more ...


How the World's Finest Rated at Royal Portrush

When a major comes round, the focus is placed on those players at the top of the world rankings. But how did they perform at Royal Portrush? Golfshake's Derek Clements goes down the top ten and gives those golfers a rating for the week. read more ...


Why Rory McIlroy’s Open Disappointment Will Only Make Him Stronger

Rory McIlroy turned up at Royal Portrush with the highest of hopes, but it was a disastrous Thursday, costing him a place at the weekend despite a stunning Friday charge. However, Golfshake writer Will Trinkwon believes this disappointment will only drive the Northern Irishman on to more success in future. read more ...


Shane Lowry Produces Priceless Masterpiece to Win The Open

Shane Lowry admitted that he would go to bed dreaming of getting his hands on the Claret Jug. Now that dream has come true. The fans were magnificent all week long and they got precisely what they wanted - an Irish winner. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the remarkable scenes at Royal Portrush. read more ...


6 Beards to Look Out for During Open Sunday

It's been a very special Open return to Royal Portrush, but one thing that has struck writer Will Trinkwon are the number of bears in contention. Here is Will's light hearted look ahead to the final round of this year's championship. read more ...


Shane Lowry Shoots Incredible 63 to Control Open Championship

Three years after taking a four-shot lead into the final round of the US Open, Ireland’s Shane Lowry has the same advantage heading into the last day of the 148th Open after a sensational performance at Royal Portrush. read more ...


Shane Lowry Carries Irish Hopes at Royal Portrush

Shane Lowry dropped a shot at the final hole and missed his chance of leading The Open Championship at Royal Portrush on his own. Instead, his second 67 leaves him on eight under par, tied with American JB Holmes. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on an emotional Friday. read more ...


Rory's Portrush Dream Turns Into Open Nightmare

Rory McIlroy's Open dream turned into a nightmare of the worst possible kind as he returned to the magnificent Dunluce links at Royal Portrush. Golfshake's Derrek Clements reflects on a dramatic Thursday at the 148th Championship. read more ...


David Duval Deserves Better Than Being a Punchline

Former champion David Duval made headlines on Thursday at Royal Portrush by shooting 91 in The Open, including a 14 on one hole. Golfshake's Kieran Clark reflects on the highs and lows of Duval's career, remembering him at his peak, stating that the former number one deserves more sympathy than ridicule. read more ...


6 Reasons Why The 2019 Open Will Be One For The Ages

The 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush has begun. Returning to a spectacular venue with a variety of stories coming into the week, Golfshake writer Will Trinkwon believes that year's championship will be a classic. read more ...


How to Pick a Winner at The Open Championship

With 10 hours of tee times bracing the often variable weather conditions of these islands, the Open Championship asks questions of the game's best players that they don't otherwise face. But there are trends to follow when it comes to identifying a potential winner this week. read more ...


2019 The Open Preview Podcast

Looking ahead to the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Golfshake's Kieran Clark was joined by Ryan Rastall, PGA Pro at Howley Hall Golf Club in Leeds, to preview the game's original major.  read more ...


The Open 2019 Preview, Picks & Analysis

For the first time in 68 years The Open Championship returns to Northern Ireland with the magnificent Royal Portrush hosting the world’s oldest major. But who is going to etch their name onto the Claret Jug? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the 148th Open. read more ...


Five Outsiders to Follow at The Open

Lifting the Claret Jug is to become part of history. While much attention will be placed upon the favourites at the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out a handful of players who spring a surprise. read more ...


Six Players to Watch at The Open

156 players have qualified for the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush. But which of them will add their name to the storied history of this event? Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out six key golfers to watch in Northern Ireland. read more ...


How to Keep Track of The Open on TV and Radio

The Open Championship is golf's original major, but that doesn't mean that time has stood still when it comes to showcasing it. Here are the key times and places to follow for the live coverage. read more ...


The Open by Numbers

First played at Prestwick in 1860, when eight players gathered to crown the new Champion Golfer following the death of St Andrews professional Allan Robertson, the Open Championship has been synonymous with the history and continuing story of the game. As we celebrate the 148th edition, Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out key numbers that set the scene. read more ...


Royal Portrush Hole by Hole Guide

The Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush in 2019, nearly 70 years after Max Faulkner lifted the Claret Jug in 1951. This revered layout ranks among the best rated in the world and will provide an engrossing challenge to the game's best players. Here is your guide to the Dunluce Course. read more ...


A Round to Remember for Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has achieved many incredible things in golf, but the round that sticks in his head as the most memorable was the astonishing 61 he shot at Royal Portrush as a 16-year-old in 2005. Golfshake's Derek Clements gathers quotes and footage to complete a picture of that remarkable display. read more ...


Jon Rahm's Love of Ireland Continues With Incredible Weekend at Lahinch

Jon Rahm produced a sensational back nine to stun the field and win the Irish Open at Lahinch for the second time in his still fledgling career, instantly making him one of the favourites for the Claret Jug at Portrush. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on a memorable tournament, clinched by a brilliant player. read more ...


Irish Eyes Certain to be Smiling at Royal Portrush

Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the long awaited return of The Open to Northern Ireland and Royal Portrush, as the game's oldest major makes its away across the Irish Sea for just the second time, delving into the history of the 1951 Championship. read more ...


Irish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Irish Open heads to the revered Lahinch Golf Club for what is set to be a thrilling celebration of links golf. Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood and Martin Kaymer are featured within the impressive field, and Golfshake's Derek Clements expects this to be a memorable week. read more ...


Golfshake Podcast #41: Playing Lahinch Golf Club, Irish Open

This week on the Golfshake Podcast, Kieran Clark was joined by Andrew Picken, who described his recent experience of playing the spectacular Lahinch Golf Club, venue of the 2019 Irish Open on the European Tour. read more ...


Best Regional Open Qualifying Venues on Golfshake

Open Regional Qualifying takes place over 13 venues across the British Isles. Playing in Regional Qualifying is a potential opportunity of a lifetime, but it's also the chance to play on some revered courses. We have taken a closer look at each of the regional venues used in 2019, including the unique Golfshake reviews. read more ...


Lahinch Golf Club Feature Review

Host of the 2019 Irish Open, Lahinch Golf Club has been described as the St Andrews of Ireland. Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the opportunity to experience this spectacular and natural layout, creating unforgettable memories in the process. read more ...


Shannon Golf Club Feature Review

Shannon Golf Club is located within Co. Clare, Ireland and is part of a magical stretch of golfing landscape. This is a wonderful area to explore for golfers, and Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken had the opportunity to sample it for himself. read more ...


Adare Manor Feature Review

Adare Manor has been confirmed as the 2026 Ryder Cup venue. Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the opportunity to visit this spectacular location in Ireland, sampling the facilities and playing the beautifully manicured golf course. read more ...


Portrush Boy Graeme McDowell Qualifies for The Open

Dreams do come true for Graeme McDowell, whose eighth-place finish in the Canadian Open was enough to secure a place in July's Open Championship at his hometown course of Royal Portrush. Golfshake's Kieran Clark reflects on the continuing resurgence of the Northern Irishman. read more ...


Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort Review

Druids Glen is an acclaimed venue in Wicklow and former host of the Irish Open, which Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the opportunity to visit and play. Discover his thoughts and insights behind the experience. read more ...


Experiencing Golf in Ireland via Stena Line Ferries

Ireland is a revered destination for golfers, home to many of the most spectacular courses on the planet, and it's a journey that most will probably take by plane. But how about crossing the Irish Sea for an added touch of adventure and romance? Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the opportunity to experience the magic of Ireland via Stena Line. read more ...


Acclaimed Slieve Russell Branded as PGA National Ireland

Located in the spectacular Ballyconnell in County Cavan, the acclaimed Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf & Country Club has been endorsed by The PGA, joining the associations other venues and will be branded as PGA National Ireland. read more ...


20 of the Best Summer Twilight Rates of 2019

Play the greatest courses for less. Here are many of the best courses in the UK & Ireland - frequently ranked within the Top 100 in the British Isles - that have twilight rates on offer to visitors in 2019.  read more ...


Slumbers Raises Brexit Concerns for Portrush Open

This year's Open Championship is hotly anticipated due to the return of Royal Portrush as a venue, but the preparations for the event may prove complicated due to the impact Brexit, concerns raised by R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers.  read more ...


Countdown to the 148th Open at Royal Portrush

This year's Open Championship marks a historic return to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland. Marking the countdown, a spectacular and inspiring film has been released, showcasing the best of what can be experienced in the nation. read more ...


Golfshake Podcast #36: Golf in Northern Ireland, Causeway Tour, Royal Portrush

Kieran Clark was joined by Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken, who recently experienced the Causeway Coast Tour, which included the opportunity to play Royal Portrush, the spectacular Portstewart and the visually striking Castlerock Golf Club. read more ...


Royal Portrush Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced the Causeway Tour in Northern Ireland, discovering many of the regional links that will be showcased when the Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush in 2019. Here is Andy's review of the revered and historic venue. read more ...


Causeway Coast Trip Report

Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced the Causeway Tour in Northern Ireland, discovering many of the regional links that will be showcased when the Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush in 2019. Here is Andy’s overall review and assessment of the trip. read more ...


Portstewart Golf Club Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced the Causeway Tour in Northern Ireland, discovering many of the regional links that will be showcased when the Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush in 2019. Here is Andy's review of Portstewart Golf Club, host of the Irish Open in 2017. read more ...


Castlerock Golf Club Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced the Causeway Tour in Northern Ireland, discovering many of the regional links that will be showcased when the Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush in 2019. Here is Andy's review of the striking Castlerock Golf Club. read more ...


The Best of Golf in Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day is on the 17th of March and has become the world’s annual celebration of Ireland, the foremost Patron Saint of the Emerald Isle. Here on Golfshake, we are marking the Day by delving into what makes Irish Golf special. read more ...


Tour the Majestic and Stunning Dunes of Irish Open Venue Portstewart

This week's Irish Open is being played at the striking Portstewart in County Londonderry. Golfshake contributer and photographer Kevin Diss takes us on a tour of the course and area, otherwise known as a shooting location for Game of Thrones! read more ...


Experience West of Ireland Gems with Exciting Packages

West of Ireland Golf has been launched to raise the profile of a stunningly beautiful region that boasts many championship links courses, with the associated packages set to offer potential visitors easier access than ever before, bringing to their attention seven layouts that they may not have experienced.  read more ...


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