i was lucky enough to be invited to play at carne golf links at the end of july 2012. the event in question was the annual captains prize and i couldnt have picked a better weekend to play golf in belmullet.
my wifes uncle was this years captain & i had been looking forward to this weekend for ages, but when it finally came around it was even better than expected.
the day before the captains prize saw belmullet golf club triumph over tuam golf club in a sudden death play off in the final of the connaught seniors. as you can imagine, the locals were in great form after this and a great night was had by all.
but a couple of hours before this i had the pleasure of my first round of the weekend over the superb carne golf links & i can honestly say ive never played a course quite like it. the course has only been open for play for less than 20 years but it looks as if its been in play since god was in shorts ! i couldnt possibly explain just how good this course is except to say that it is unmissable & anyone who is either in the area or planning a golf holiday to ireland, should include carne golf links in their itinerary. to miss playing here would be criminal !
after a great first days golf and a lively night at the clubhouse celebrating belmullets win in the seniors, the next day was the captains prize & it couldnt have gone any better !
the weather was great, the course looked even better than the day before & another excellent days golf was had by all, especially those of us who were visitors to the course & dont have the honour of being able to play here every day ! and if you can believe it, the captains prize eveving event was an even better night than the night before ! much singing, dancing & revelry was had by all ! the locals know how to have a good time in belmullet !
the set up at the carne golf links has everything the visiting golfer needs, the clubhouse has a very welcoming bar with great beers & lagers on tap & the food served in either the bar or restaurant are as good as ive had anywhere. there are practice facilities at the putting green & driving range at the course & all equipment from clubs to trolleys to electric carts can be hired at the course.
i had a great weekend in belmullet playing golf at carne & cant wait to get back ! it was................
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