Camaraderie, Competition and lots of Craic: What a better way to describe the first ever Coyne Cup to be contested next September 25th-29th in County Mayo, Ireland?
When planning the event, Tom Coyne insisted that the tournament reflect the spirit of his Néw York Times Best Selling book, A Course Called Ireland. “People are not going to want to walk from course to course”, I said. Well of course not was the reply. So we’ve made arrangements with J. O’Callaghan & Sons, Irelands leader in Luxury Passenger Travel. I then said: “With all due respect to your hosts 10 years ago, most of the attendees are going to want to stay someplace nice and there’s no way I’m eating at a Chipper every night”. Tom was in agreement on these points as well and suggested that we contact his good friend, the Proprietor of Mount Falcon, Alan Maloney.
So other than the transportation mode, the accommodations and the food, the Coyne Cup is going to be exactly like the book. Some great golf, lot’s of laughs and memories to last a lifetime.
Coyne Cup Announcement
Coyne Cup Announcement
A great tradition should start where it all began. So Enniscrone Golf Club will host the practice round on Sunday and Round 2 on Tuesday.
Tom and his father Jim discovered Enniscrone while on a “castles-and-graveyard” trip when Tom was 14 years old. It marked the beginning and maybe inspiration for future golf trips to Ireland which culminated in his epic table, A Course Called Ireland.
The course has only gotten better with age and if this is your first round on the Old Sod, you’ll understand why returnees can’t wait to stick a tee in the sand and wander around the dunes for four hours.
One of the first courses that I ever played in Ireland, it is still one of my favorites. I visited the course in October and the General Manager was excitedly explaining the improvements that they had and were making. Stunned, I asked him what could you possibly do to make it better?
Rosses Point or County Sligo as it is alternately known doesn’t have the monsterous dunes of an Enniscrone or Carne. It doesn’t need them. Surrounded by beaches on three sides, an offshore lighthouse and of course Benbulben, Rosses Point is a feast for the eyes and a beast of a course.
Rosses Point is the host of the ‘West of Ireland’ Championship. The tournament is usually the first Amatuer event contested each year in Ireland. Past winners have included Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy.
There are very few places that you can go to experience the sense of remoteness offered up by the Belmullet Peninsula.
From many tee boxes or greens Carne offers stunning views stretching for miles. Mountains, ocean, bays, rolling farmland. Who needs 50 shades of grey when when Ireland offers 40 shades of green? You will see them all at Carne.
The course itself is well maintained, but hardly manicured. A links course is supposed to be a little rugged. The most prominent Irish golf course architect of his time, Eddie Hackett, called Carne “the greatest canvas he’d ever been given”. The world’s leading authority on links golf, Tom Coyne, called Carne brilliant. He loved every inch of the place and we think that you will feel the same way (unless its blowing 40 knots and raining sideways).
We know that you probably just care about the golf, but why not be comfortable?
That’s what we thought anyway so we’ve chosen one of Ireland’s premier hotels to host the inaugural Coyne Cup next September. Mount Falcon is just three miles from the bustling town of Ballina, 25 minutes from Enniscrone, and just over an hour from Rosses Point and Carne. In other words, perfectly located for the Coyne Cup. We didn’t just choose Mount Falcon because of its location though, we chose it because its comfortable, very comfortable.
Many people have told me that they would love to play golf in Ireland. Many excuses are offered for not making the journey. The Coyne Cup is the perfect antidote to inertia.
Arrive at the airport on time for your flight (which we can help you book) to Shannon. When you get to Shannon, look for a sign that says Coyne Cup.
Have the most amazing experience of your golfing life.
The bus will return you to Shannon and your flight back to the states. Or you can catch a bus to Lahinch for 18 holes. Doonbeg and Ballybunion to follow.
No planning is required. It’s not complicated. Sign up. Have a blast.