Press Release Body = By Brandon Tucker, Staff Writer, Golf Publisher Syndications
BALLYCONNEELY, Ireland (May 15, 2007) - Making your way to Connemara Golf Club, you\'ll pass the landing site of the first nonstop transatlantic flight, made by John Alcock and Arthur Brown in 1919. A 2005 re-enactment flight in a replica wooden airplane actually came down on No. 8 on the club\'s Championship links.
Connemara Golf Club is as much a safe haven for golfers as for pilots. This user-friendly golf course complements a northwest Ireland golf scene full of hidden gems that can be played for a fraction of the cost of southwestern giants Ballybunion and Lahinch.
\"It\'s not as formal or as old\" as the southwest courses, manager Richard Flaherty says. \"But people appreciate the fact it\'s easier to get a tee time, it\'s very friendly, and sometimes you can even play with members. It\'s also about 100 euros cheaper.\"
Built in 1974 from a design by regional favorite Eddie Hackett, Connemara is a relative newcomer in Irish links. The front nine is primarily flat (flat enough to land a plane on), but the back half covers the property\'s most rolling topography, playing between dunes from elevated tees to elevated greens.
A third nine built in 2001 features the closest holes to the sea. It\'s usually reserved for nine-hole play, and for overflow golfers on busy summer weekends.
The landscape is unusually rocky for the region, and there are plenty of stone walls around farms and ruins, but the course treats them as visuals rather than hazards. In fact, most of Connemara is remarkably trouble-free for a traditional links.
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May 16, 2007 Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.