St Patrick Day Special: Irish Golfers’ Eyes Are Smiling

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St Patrick gives us good reason to tip our hats to Irish golfers past, present, and future.

Happy St Patrick Day! We all love celebrating the patron saint of Ireland and we do it in a big way, complete with parades and green beer and even a green-dyed Chicago River if we live in Chicago.

In the spirit of the day ProGolfNow is tipping our collective hat to some of Ireland’s outstanding golfers.

While Scotland may be the Home of Golf, those who know the Emerald Isle best are fond of saying that Ireland is where golf goes on vacation. There’s good reason for that claim.

Ireland ranks among the top 10 most popular spots in the world to play golf because of the immense beauty of the landscape and the immaculate course designs that date to the establishment of Royal Curragh in 1858 and Lahinch in 1894, as well as Ballybunion (1893),Lahinch (1894) and Portmarnock (1896).

Tony Glenn’s video of Old Head in southern Ireland showcases the spectacular beauty of the Irish golf scene:

Of course, where there are golf courses there are tournaments and Ireland has those too. The Irish PGA Championship, held since 1907, is the oldest tournament in the country. The Irish Open, first contended in 1927, revived in 1975, and now elevated to an international tournament with Rory McIlroy’s support, serves as a stepping stone and red carpet to The Open Championship.

And where there are tournaments there are golfers competing for bragging rights and trophies. We tip our ProGolfNow hat to some or Ireland’s outstanding and memorable galfaires.

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