With the Irish Open set for this summer and the Open Championship coming in 2019, Northern Ireland is suddenly one of the hottest destinations in golf.
You’ve played the famous seaside links of the Emerald Isle. Now it’s time to discover the brilliant inland courses built by top architects such as Sir Nick Faldo and Pat Ruddy during the Celtic Tiger boom years.
There are more than 70 million people with Irish ancestry. With McAuley as a surname, I’m one of them. And even though our last Irish family connection dates back to the 1840s, I’ve discovered that the allure and romance of the Old Country is surprisingly strong. Especially if you’re a golfer.
Like Tiger Woods before him, Rory McIlroy has been heralded as the game’s next great star almost from the moment he first swung a club. The hype had already reached fever pitch when I toured Northern Ireland about a decade ago. At Portstewart Golf Club, a fabulous links about a 90-minute drive from McIlroy’s home […]