Bring your daughter or your wife to Ireland for great golf competition


For the past 20 years, fathers and sons from around the world have competed in a golf invitational at Waterville Golf Links in Ireland. Now it's time to bring the ladies.

The Greg Norman-designed Doonbeg Golf Club will host the third Father & Daughter Golf Tournament July 25-28, while Doonbeg and the K Club, which hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup, will be the sites for the new Celtic Couples Challenge leading up to this year's Ryder Cup.

The Father & Daughter tourney is now a regular event in the Carr Golf Travel's annual calendar as an answer to Carr's highly successful father-son tournament. It seems the ladies are getting more and more competitive, as evidenced by this year's record number of entries into the U.S. Women's Open qualifiers, for example.

So, it's only been natural that in addition to a father-son event, Carr Golf Travel started a father-daughter tourney, and the response has been quite good. Last year, Keith and Michelle Black from the Cliffs Communities in North Carolina edged out Kieran and Orla Walshe from Doonbeg, Ireland.

Now, it's time for wives to get in on the action with the ongoing Celtic Couples Challenge, which is a better-ball Stableford format over three tournament rounds at Doonbeg Golf Club, The K Club, and Royal Dublin Golf Club. The package, which costs $1,785 per person, includes two nights accommodations at the Lodge at Doonbeg, two nights at the K Club, two rounds at Doonbeg, a round at The Links of Royal Dublin, and a round at the Ryder Cup course at the K Club.

The Father & Daughter event is $1,393 per person and covers three nights at the Doonbeg Resort, three rounds on the Greg Norman Championship Course, meals, gifts and tournament prizes.

For more info or to sign up for the Celtic Couples Challenge, click here. For info on the Father & Daughter Tournament, click here.