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Nothing 'wee' about Royal Belfast

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CRAIGAVAD, Northern Ireland – The boys in Friday's four-ball will not want to hear this but they must use a different yard of measurement in Northern Ireland than the one we use back home at Winter Park Country Club.

That the affable pro at Royal Belfast Golf Club, the country's oldest club dating back to 1881, said we should play from the tips, a 'wee' 6,300 yards, was kind, but for those venturing to this corner of golfdom know that there is nothing 'wee' about Royal Belfast.

More than half (six) of the club's par 4s come in at over 400 yards and the parkland layout is on the wet side most of the year.

Not that the length took away from the experience, or the sweeping views of Belfast Lough, it's just best to check your ego at customs.

Read the running blog of Jay and Rex's Irish adventures.