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Not sure how much fun it'll be for him, having to scour the rough all day looking for yet another lost Nike.a2_wink.gif

They're used to it. Part of the job.
post #20 of 38
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They're used to it. Part of the job.
I'll be sure to tip him well. What is considered a good tip BTW?
post #21 of 38
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My main concern when it comes to a caddie, is that I'm a high HC (18) and I'd really hate to embarrass myself AND my caddie by hacking it all over the place.
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Don't worry, there are plenty of people who play there with handicaps like that and have caddies. You don't have to be a Pro to have a caddy, it just makes the experience all the more enjoyable. 

 

Yeah nothing to be concerned about, most players have caddies. A lot of those guys have seen players that are a lot worse than an 18 handicapper. It's not "required" to get a caddie but it's highly recommended. Otherwise you don't know where the heck you're going on some holes and they have a pretty good idea where the ball goes when you hit it in the gorse. Or at least I've heard about that, I obviously never hit it in the gorse :whistle:

 

 

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Nice pics ... a few of mine ... Lahinch .. I think the fourth hole ... maybe ... but you have to hit over the mound ... wait for the guy to give you the clear, and aim for the white rock ... 

 

Ballybunion first hole old course ... what out for the graveyard on the right! 

 

 

 

 

Nice pics, makes me want to go back, didn't get a chance to play Ballybunion.

 

 

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I'll be sure to tip him well. What is considered a good tip BTW?
 

I forgot how much tip I gave, think it was slightly different at each place. I just asked the caddie masters at each course.

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Speaking of caddies, I remember one that we used at Tralee. No matter where you hit the ball, he would go after it. Risked his life climbing down one of the cliffs, looking for a ball. Balls must be really expensive in Ireland these days!

post #23 of 38
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I'll be sure to tip him well. What is considered a good tip BTW?

 

I only tipped 10 euro at Ballybunion because the rate was 60 euro so I thought 70 euro total was plenty. 

 

At Lahinch I didn't tip at all.....the rate was 40 euro I think? Let's just say I didn't get a very good caddy. I'm sure they're not all like he was though. The course is great though. 

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Speaking of caddies, I remember one that we used at Tralee. No matter where you hit the ball, he would go after it. Risked his life climbing down one of the cliffs, looking for a ball. Balls must be really expensive in Ireland these days!
That's awesome. I was looking at the scorecard for Tralee, Damn that thing is long! Lol.
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Speaking of caddies, I remember one that we used at Tralee. No matter where you hit the ball, he would go after it. Risked his life climbing down one of the cliffs, looking for a ball. Balls must be really expensive in Ireland these days!
That's awesome. I was looking at the scorecard for Tralee, Damn that thing is long! Lol.

Don't worry - you'll get an extra 50 yards of roll on your drives....

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Don't worry - you'll get an extra 50 yards of roll on your drives....
I'm sure I'll need it. I really don't wanna play from the ladies tees a1_smile.gif
post #27 of 38

Honestly, you have a very tough decision to make. All of those courses are worth a visit, and everyone has their own opinions on which is the best and why.

 

As an Irish golf writer, I get into the Ballybunion/Lahinch debate all the time. I prefer Ballybunion (Old) but conversations about the better course often lead to arguments. Tralee has its amazing back nine but it doesn't have that 'old links' feel. Waterville is a peach - it has a slightly manicured feel, but I still think it's the most picture-perfect links on the island.  Portmarnock has a huge reputation and is a strategic monster, but it's not a big-dune course, and doesn't offer the same thrills and views as nearby The Island.

 

I have full sets of these courses up on my Flickr page:

Ballybunion

Lahinch

Portmarnock

Tralee

Waterville

 

Island Photos

 

Of those courses, if you're playing on your own, I'd go for Ballybunion. If your wife fancies a beautiful walk, then Tralee or Waterville.

And if you play Ballybunion Old, see if you have time to play the back nine on the Cashen course - you won't be sorry.

 

As for a caddie, get one. Doesn't matter if you're a great golfer or an average golfer, a good caddie will make the game more enjoyable for you - save you shots and lost balls. 

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Honestly, you have a very tough decision to make. All of those courses are worth a visit, and everyone has their own opinions on which is the best and why.

As an Irish golf writer, I get into the Ballybunion/Lahinch debate all the time. I prefer Ballybunion (Old) but conversations about the better course often lead to arguments. Tralee has its amazing back nine but it doesn't have that 'old links' feel. Waterville is a peach - it has a slightly manicured feel, but I still think it's the most picture-perfect links on the island.  Portmarnock has a huge reputation and is a strategic monster, but it's not a big-dune course, and doesn't offer the same thrills and views as nearby The Island.

I have full sets of these courses up on my Flickr page:
Ballybunion
Lahinch
Portmarnock
Tralee
Waterville

Island Photos

Of those courses, if you're playing on your own, I'd go for Ballybunion. If your wife fancies a beautiful walk, then Tralee or Waterville.
And if you play Ballybunion Old, see if you have time to play the back nine on the Cashen course - you won't be sorry.

As for a caddie, get one. Doesn't matter if you're a great golfer or an average golfer, a good caddie will make the game more enjoyable for you - save you shots and lost balls. 
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Thanks so much for the photos, they all look amazing and I wish I could play them all, unfortunately I'll only be able to play one so I'll give a breakdown.
I'm a pretty high HC at an 18.
I will definitely be getting a caddie.
This is a bucket list round for me so it has to be an ocean course.
I'll be going out on my own, my wife has no desire at all to walk a golf course with me lol.
Ballybunion, Lahinch & Tralee are my top three choices, as of now.
For this round, I really don't care much about the cost.

So in your experience which one do you think would be best?

I also have a buddy who lives in Glenealey (sp) who is going to set me up with some of his friends to play golf but I haven't been able to find much info on courses in that area. Any ideas?

Thanks again, your help is greatly appreciated.
post #29 of 38
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Thanks so much for the photos, they all look amazing and I wish I could play them all, unfortunately I'll only be able to play one so I'll give a breakdown.
I'm a pretty high HC at an 18.
I will definitely be getting a caddie.
This is a bucket list round for me so it has to be an ocean course.
I'll be going out on my own, my wife has no desire at all to walk a golf course with me lol.
Ballybunion, Lahinch & Tralee are my top three choices, as of now.
For this round, I really don't care much about the cost.

So in your experience which one do you think would be best?

I also have a buddy who lives in Glenealey (sp) who is going to set me up with some of his friends to play golf but I haven't been able to find much info on courses in that area. Any ideas?

Thanks again, your help is greatly appreciated.

 

Well then - in a word - Ballybunion. It's a slowish start, but once you get to the 6th, it's brilliant.

As for Glenealy - I'm assuming that's Co. Wicklow, which is on the east coast. Golf courses around there would be Wicklow and Blainroe (both seaside courses), The European Club (you've probably heard of the famous links), Arklow (another small links) and Macreddin and Woodenbridge, which are very picturesque parkland courses in the Wicklow Mountains. Macreddin was designed by Paul McGinley. Again, plenty of photos on my Flickr page.

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Well then - in a word - Ballybunion. It's a slowish start, but once you get to the 6th, it's brilliant.
As for Glenealy - I'm assuming that's Co. Wicklow, which is on the east coast. Golf courses around there would be Wicklow and Blainroe (both seaside courses), The European Club (you've probably heard of the famous links), Arklow (another small links) and Macreddin and Woodenbridge, which are very picturesque parkland courses in the Wicklow Mountains. Macreddin was designed by Paul McGinley. Again, plenty of photos on my Flickr page.

Thanks so much for the help buddy. I'll defly check out the rest if the photos and perhaps PM you from time to time if I have any further questions, If that's ok with you.
post #31 of 38
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Thanks so much for the help buddy. I'll defly check out the rest if the photos and perhaps PM you from time to time if I have any further questions, If that's ok with you.

Sure. Happy to help

post #32 of 38
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Sure. Happy to help

Looking at your pics makes me want to play every single one of those courses a3_biggrin.gif
post #33 of 38

I'm on my way to Ireland soon to visit my long gone ancestors and will sneak in a few rounds.  I will go as soon as i can shoot under 90 3x in a row.

 

.  But, IMO, not offering a tip to the caddy, whether in Ireland, Scotland, China or Thailand, is the wrong play.  Ask at the caddy shack or the clubhouse or pro shop for the minimum tip range.   I play in Asia and except in Hong Kong , I'm always required to take a caddy.  It's just part of the day.  And frankly, putting the few dollars directly into the hands of the worker i feel contributes more to the welfare of individuals and families, than dumping money towards 'luxury resorts'. 

 

I played Mission Hills, Shenzhen China, many times. Owned by massively rich family and i green fees of   RMB1000 as a guest.  Common tip 100 RMB.  But if  you score a HIO, then you give  all  caddies in your group  500 RMB each.  And once informed of your HIO, the manager zooms out in a buggy with a photog in tow.  

 

And so since you voluntarily choose to take a caddy, and he/she worked on your behalf for 4 hours, seems only fair  to offer a money tip.  Even if she was ugly, or he smoked. 

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I'm on my way to Ireland soon to visit my long gone ancestors and will sneak in a few rounds.  I will go as soon as i can shoot under 90 3x in a row.

.  But, IMO, not offering a tip to the caddy, whether in Ireland, Scotland, China or Thailand, is the wrong play.  Ask at the caddy shack or the clubhouse or pro shop for the minimum tip range.   I play in Asia and except in Hong Kong , I'm always required to take a caddy.  It's just part of the day.  And frankly, putting the few dollars directly into the hands of the worker i feel contributes more to the welfare of individuals and families, than dumping money towards 'luxury resorts'. 

I played Mission Hills, Shenzhen China, many times. Owned by massively rich family and i green fees of   RMB1000 as a guest.  Common tip 100 RMB.  But if  you score a HIO, then you give  all  caddies in your group  500 RMB each.  And once informed of your HIO, the manager zooms out in a buggy with a photog in tow.  

And so since you voluntarily choose to take a caddy, and he/she worked on your behalf for 4 hours, seems only fair  to offer a money tip.  Even if she was ugly, or he smoked. 

Tipping the caddies is a given, I never indicated otherwise.
post #35 of 38
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I played Lahinch and Ballybunion last year ... It's the trip of a life time for me.

The people in Ireland were SO nice to us.

Congrats!

 

Going there in September. Lahinch, Ballybunion, Tralee and Doonbeg. Taking a day to go to the Cliffs of Moher as well.

post #36 of 38
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Going there in September. Lahinch, Ballybunion, Tralee and Doonbeg. Taking a day to go to the Cliffs of Moher as well.
I like Scotland better just for the history aspect so I'll make another trip there before Ireland but it's on my bucket list and damn, I envy you guys.
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