Golfing World Destination: Royal Portrush
Golfing World takes a close look at Royal Portrush, one of the finest places to play golf in the world, with the help of star names Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington.
#AskMattyG: Northern Ireland vs. Ireland
Matt Ginella discusses courses in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
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#AskMattyG: Best route to Northern Ireland
Matt Ginella suggests the best route to Northern Ireland the best way to spend the first day in country.
#AskMattyG: Northern Ireland's Ardglass or Castlerock?
Travel insider Matt Ginella answers a viewer question on picking between Northern Ireland courses Ardglass and Castlerock. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.This next viewer wants to know, they're going to Northern Ireland themselves in July. They're playing Royal County Down and Portrush. They need one more course on their itinerary. Ardglass or Castlerock? Plushouse. That's the good option I didn't get a chance to play Castle Rock , but Castle Rock is another one of the favorites of the five courses I played in Northern Ireland . A lot of people said that was a mistake for me leaving that off of my itinerary. So, the next time I go, I'm definitely gonna make that a priority. That's up north right near Port Rush and Port Stewart. If you're gonna play Castle Rock ... You gotta go to Bushmills Inn. Some say the best lodging in all of Northern Ireland and a great place to consider a 19th hole. So, I don't know, Art Glass or Castle Rock for me now, would be Castle Rock because I played Art Glass. But honestly, Art Glass as I said, true hidden gem. All right Matt Ginella, thank you as
MD's favorite Irish and North Irish courses
Cara Robinson, Gary Williams, Lauren Thompson, Charlie Rymer, and Phil Blackmar share their favorite Ireland and Northern Ireland golf courses and memories.we've played or where we'd like to play. I actually, surprisingly, haven't played golf in Ireland, as much as I would have liked to. But somewhere that I would choose to play is actually on the other coast from where they are this week. Ballybunion. It's on the southwest coast of Ireland. It's about a five hour drive from Royal County down and I have to say it's probably one of the finest links courses in the world. I actually travelled over there when I covering the European Senior Tour a few years ago. And it probably would have had a few more major championships or a few more big championships played
Ginella's top 5 Courses in Northern Ireland
Matt Ginella reveals his top 5 courses to play in Northern Ireland. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.morning drive talking to Gary Williams and Max Ginella about about great golf course in Northern Ireland . There's a great photo. Of two major champions playing Royal Counting Down. Is it counting down? Yeah. Yeah. Back in 2010, right? Yeah, and we were talking about this, last week, that, you know, and you say going around these club houses, I mean they're a, a history lesson in, in a lot of these, and Royal Counting Down, there's a good shot. Of Graham McDowell and Roy Mackleroy after to 2010 US Open , carrying their own bags walking down the fairway, and I mentioned that and one of my Twitter followers sent in the picture
Golfing World: Tiger making return
Tiger’s is due to make his return to the game this weekend after his back surgery earlier this year and Northern Ireland has a new professional golfer to look out for.News. We start with what the golfing world has been waiting for. Tiger Woods has confirmed he will make his return at this week's PGA Tour event at Congressional. The 14 time major winner has not been in action in early March after complaining of pain in his lower back. He later missed the Masters at Augusta because of back surgery, and has been recovering ever since. Announcing on Facebook, Tiger said he was a bit rusty, but wanted to get himself back, into competitive shape. More reaction now from the Women's U.S. Open, where Stephanie Meadows has spoken about her superb, third-place finish. The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland only turned professional just last week. But has already made a huge impact on the tour. I mean this is, this whole
Golfing World: Catching up with Shane Lowry
We have a chat with recent runner-up at the BMW PGA Championship and Ryder Cup 2014 outsider Shane Lowry.Rory McIlroy ended a turbulent week by winning the BMW PGA Championship . In doing so, he picked his close friend Shane Lowry to a third European Tour title. Despite picking up a check for over half a million euro and climbing 68 places in the world rankings, Larry wasn't entirely happy with his week at Wentworth. Disappointed to be honest. I was just, I feel like I played the back nine, good enough to win. I, I hit, I think I hit, feel like I hit only one bad shot and that was on the 13 tee. And you know, got a bit, got a bit unlucky there. Although, you know, it was a bad tee shot to be in that little bush was you know, a little bit unlucky. And played, played the holes lovely from there. And
It's official: Open heading back to Royal Portrush
One of the worst-kept secrets in golf is now official: Royal Portrush has been invited to host the Open Championship, though the tournament date has not yet been announced.
MD headlines: Can U.S. women sweep majors?
Can the U.S. Women take home another major championship? Golf Channel's Lauren Thompson brings you the latest headlines from the world of golf.the first time since 1992. And a year after winning his first PGA Tour title , Patrick Reed is grouped with a pair of former Wyndham Championship winners . Reed, along with 2011 Wyndham Champion Webb Simpson and 2007 winner Brandt Snedeker, will tee off at 12:55 p.m. on Thursday from Sedgefield Country Club. Reed has already locked up a Ryder Cup spot. While Simpson and Senetica are among those in need of a captain's pick to round out the twelve man team. And finally, for just under $21,000, you can rent Rory McIlroy's former northern Ireland home for a week. Property developer Gary McCoslin said that he bought Robin Hall House. As a private retreat for his family, but after receiving hundreds of requests to use the facility, he decided to open it up to the public. Among the amenities are nine hole golf course complete with the head pro, a lighted tennis court, and a hot tub outdoors with a champagne tab included. Now everybody is
Ginella's top 5 courses in Northern Ireland
Travel guru Matt Ginella reveals his top 5 courses in northern Ireland. Watch Morning Drive every day on Golf Channel.Ginella's Journeys presented by Golf Ireland. And we are taking you. To northern Ireland . A country that consists of a little bit more than one and a half million people. Matt And they've won six major championships since the 2010 U.S. Open Is that all? At Pebble Beach . Is that all? It's unreal. This place is a golf mecca. Yeah. It really is and home to one of the arguably the greatest golf. Courses in the world, we'll get to that in a second. Right, so let's go to Northern Ireland and I know that two of the golf courses on your top five bucket list actually are in Rory McIlroy's top ten courses around the world of all times, so I can't wait to unveil your list here. Well, we're gonna start with number five and well go with Castle Rock, this is a bit of a hidden gem, right? Hm-mm. Next door down the street from Port Rush and Port Stewart, it's gonna cost you 75. Pounds is about $125 to play this, which up there, and with the quality of this golf course , Harry, the great Harry Colt, had influence on the design. I would say it is good, good value. And what to include on that trip to Northern Ireland . I can tell you number's two and one are Rorie's two favorites in his top ten so we'll tease you with that. Number four Portstewart Golf Club? Portstewart Golf Club and, and also you know, right near Port Rush. this, this, this strand course got a new seven holes back in 1981. This is 100 pounds right about $168. You can play it twice for $200.00, which is a nice deal. A lot of times, I find when you are out on these buddies trips and you play a golf course you love and you have got plans to play another golf course down the street, be prepared to want to go right back out and play a golf course you love again, and leave yourself some of those afternoon options, and a lot of times the value gets a lot better. With that replay rate. Ardglass Golf Club. Ardglass Golf Course , again, like Castlerock, very much a hidden gem. Not many people know about it. It's 40 minutes from Royal County Down. It'sa special place. it really is. The only Irish, Northern Northern Irish golf course to host an Open Championship. Back in 1951. It's coming back to Royal Portrush, which is very exciting. Hosted Irish Opens, but, and they're thinking probably 2019. The host of an open championship, bringing an Irish golf course back into the road is exciting, not only for Royal Portrush, but maybe. For Royal County Down. Royal Portrush is one of those you have to include on any trip to Northern Ireland . I just heard the words, Royal County Down, Rory McIlroy loves it. This was the 07 Walker Cup stage where Ricky and Rory first did battle. Yes. buh, by the way, just to say, you know, Royal Portrush is $235, Royal County Down is gonna be about $310. People talk about it, compare it to Pine Valley. Pebble Beach , Cypress Point. It's in that conversation. It is, a lease, it, it is one of the elites. Truly a remarkably spectacular golf course . It's very challenging. I strongly recommend moving up a set of tees. We got two rounds in one day is gonna cost
Golfing World: Royal Portrush Special
Today’s GW News comes from Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, which will host the Amateur Championship this week. It has also now been announced that Portrush will soon host The Open Championship too.this is G.W News from a very sunny Royal Port Rush in Northern Ireland . It was here yesterday that our R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson, announced that once again. The famous old links behind me, willthe R&A are delighted to have it back. It's such a wonderful golf course . It's a true links course. It's got all of the sand hills , the undulations, the dunes that you've been looking for on a links course. And it's very well served here, actually, by Rhodes. It's, it's, it's already a. A holiday destinations, there's, there's lots of accommodation. The infrastructure really is pretty good. And we can wait to get back. Northern Ireland first man, Mr.Peter Robinson was also here yesterday and he was keen to stress how this point to a brighter future for a country of great troubled past. There's reputational damage for a course of our past. We want people to think of Northern Ireland and immediately then think of golf. You've got, almost 100 million people will be watching by the time we have this tournament on television. The one thing that we have believed in Northern Ireland , is that we can handle big events. The Open is unlikely to return to Royal Port Rush before 2019. We may have