May 2013

Twenty Optical Illusions at European

May 19, 2013
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We arrive long before tee-off time to be met by the legend Pat Ruddy in the shop. Coffee and contemplation before preparing ourselves for the European. Once out on the putting green the Starter places a sharp and mighty thorn underfoot of LINKS75. He takes us to the 1st tee and suggests using the white […]

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Andakt på Rosses Point

May 18, 2013
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Regnig och grå lördagmorgon – full av tillförsikt. Det var här poeten William Yeats tillbringade sin barndoms somrar – detta var inspirationen till hans nobelpris – med motiveringen att ”han har givit röst åt en hel nations själ” – As poetry was meant to be. Sedvanligt låter vi första kulan landa i en närbelägen lekpark […]

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Friday Links at Castlerock

May 17, 2013
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Cloudless, sunny skies – LINKS75 can’t believe its eyes. A day without rainwear and four jumpers. Can we play properly in the sunshine. We head for Portstewart’s neighbour – Castlerock. On the terrace we indulge in lunch and a Guinness. We examine the course through sunglasses and dream of low 70s. In front of us […]

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Cats and Dogs at Portstewart

May 16, 2013
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We navigate our way through the roadblocks set in place for the NW200 and arrive at a clubhouse more modern than the car we have hired. Portstewart has 54 holes and we will play Strand, the oldest course, Old Course, is on the other side of town. Rain but no wind, with drops the size […]

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Portrush at 200 MPH

May 15, 2013
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“He is here.” says the bartender and points dramatically at a black Mercerdes. We have started the day in the club shop filled with motorcyclists. Apart from the Open and the Irish Open this is the big week of the year at Portrush – The North West 200. The roads are closed between Portrush-Portstewart and […]

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County Down Delivers

May 15, 2013
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LINKS75 has spent months trawling through lists and reviews that acknowledge Royal County Down as the best course outside North America. How good is it really? Masses of gorse, skyscraper sand dunes, marathon long par 4s, and fairways as thin as Iggy Pop’s legs. Can all this be true? Written in as guests – received […]

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Nature Attacks at County Louth

May 13, 2013
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We start the day in Ireland and finish it under the protection of Her Majesty in Northern Ireland. Before we can begin we realise that the day’s start time is, for the first time, unrealistic and we delay it in favour of a steak burger and Guinness. Classic Irish links. The weather forecast predicts showers. […]

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