While scores were generally high over the three days – a quick scan would suggest an average tally in the low-to-mid 80s – there was no doubt that, aside from Judith Kyrinis, the star of the show was the Mad River course itself.
“I think the Mid-Am players are going to be knocked out when they see the course… most of them, for the first time,” said Liz Hoffman, a past President of Golf Canada, and former provincial amateur champion herself.
If St. Enodoc is the golf equivalent of a day with Joan Jett, an afternoon playing Trevose is like being at a soirée with Rosamund Pike… lovely to look at and charming to be with.
The great golf courses of Southwest Ireland are what drew our intrepid travel writer to the Emerald Isle but the cheery, charming and inherently funny Irish people are a vital part of the experience too.
“With five of the most interesting and diverse golf courses you’re ever going to find in one place, trying to pick the best of the five is like trying to choose your favourite child. It’s almost impossible.”
According to Deeks: Every superlative you’ve heard about Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs is dead-on accurate. And maybe even better than that.
Editor’s note: He says he has nothing more to say but whether it’s as an intrepid golf traveler or an old crank, we’re betting we haven’t seen the last of him.
Like 99% of you, I find slow play on the golf course I’m playing about as painful as root canal surgery but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Jim Deeks advises that the course is tough, the rough is unbelievable and nobody should be expecting low scores, especially if the wind blows.