Battle of the Dublins Ireland vs Ohio

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 2, 2010, 5:05 pm

In this edition of Punch Shots, TravelGolf.com senior writers Brandon Tucker and Mike Bailey face off in the battle of the Dublins. Which one is worthy of your next golf vacation: Dublin, Ireland or Dublin, Ohio?


By BRANDON TUCKER

When you include all the great Columbus-area courses like Tartan Fields, Scioto and Alister Mackenzie's OSU Scarlet Course, Dublin is among our country's finest pockets of golf courses. But the only really great public course in the area code is Longaberger Golf Club - and that's a 56-mile drive from Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Village.

Who likes going through hoops to play privates when there are so many great public courses in the world - and that's the Columbus area's downfall. And it's also why the original Dublin is a superior golf town.

Counties Clare and Kerry in southwest Ireland are the most popular golf tour on Eire. But on the busier east coast, Dublin had loads of its own courses, you're just going through denser roads to get there compared to the rural west. You can stay in a hotel or B&B in the city center to take in the culture and pub life and be on the road to a different golf course every morning.

Not far north from Dublin's town center is Portmarnock Golf Club. Some call it the top links golf course in Ireland, though it's universally considered a Top 10 mainstay. Dublin is also unique for Bull Island, a strip of nature preserve in Dublin Bay home to Royal Dublin Golf Club and St. Anne's Golf Club next door.

Relatively new properties make Dublin even brighter. About an hour south, the European Club features 20 holes all set on some of Ireland's finest links land. You can also indulge at the K Club in nearby Kildare, the 2006 Ryder Cup host that's home to a five-star hotel and Arnold Palmer golf course - a must-stop hotel especially if you've got the lady with you.

They love Americans in Ireland as much as so many of us love going back to our Irish roots on the old sod. Here, you'll visit historic

castles, drink the world's freshest Guinness and enjoy colorful local pub chat into the wee hours.

In Dublin, Ohio, you'll be at a T.G.I. Friday's in a strip mall listening to scarlet-and-gray-clad locals badmouthing the Southeastern Conference.

By MIKE BAILEY

Dublin, Ohio, as you might expect, was named for Dublin, Ireland, or more specifically, the birthplace of one of its founders. This once tiny suburb of the capital city of Columbus not only celebrated St. Patrick's Day, but it also has a huge Irish festival, which brings in bands from other states and Ireland and attracts 100,000 visitors annually.

It's also arguably the state's best golf address, which can be attributed to the great Jack Nicklaus, which went to school and starred on the golf team at nearby Ohio State. For it was the Golden Bear who founded one of the most beloved golf tournaments in the world, the Memorial. And it's played on arguably Nicklaus' best design of all time, Muirfield Village, the Augusta National-inspired layout that the Nicklaus massages closer to perfection with each season.

But Dublin has a few other excellent golf venues as well. For example, there's the award-winning Longaberger Golf Club. The Golf Club of Dublin, designed by Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, is a terrific links-style layout with 1,800 feet of hand-stacked rock walls, fescue-covered dunes and water on 17 holes. And Foxfire Golf Club has 36 holes of pure public golf, including the always difficult Foxfire Players Club. Additionally, Riviera Golf Club is home of the American-Italian Golf Association. And Tartan Fields Golf Club, used to have an LPGA event.

Ohio may not be Ireland, but it's a heck of lot of closer for most of us and a little warmer.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.