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Club competitions have been in full swing around Mayo with some top class scoring from players across the county.
Last weekend saw plenty of good scoring around the golf clubs in Mayo.
It was around this time of year when we were kids that a vast array of nothingness spread ahead of us like a meadow with no walls. When schoolbags would be kicked into a corner for the summer, when evenings playing handball in the old ball alley would spread into days playing handball. When you would throw yourself back on the grass, stare at the heavens and wonder about things you had no notion of wondering about. Lying there watching the clouds move across the blue skies and wondering if it was the cloud that was moving or the earth beneath you.
Galway Bay Golf Resort near Oranmore is one of the most scenic golf courses in Ireland. It overlooks the bay, with Galway city and the Aran Islands in the distance. The course is very challenging and a great test for more gifted golfers. Or so I am told, as everything I know about golf can be written on the back of a postage stamp.
I hope none of you were put out in any major way by the recent storm Ali. I think the ferocity of that storm left many of us quite surprised. We had been warned it would be major, but not very, very major, so that when the sustained high winds began it left a lot of us nonplussed. Then we had Storm Bronagh which never came, was talked about but seems to have passed us by. So we don’t know what the weather for the future is likely to be.
Spring is in full swing and so is the action in the clubs around Mayo.
Last week John McHale (captain of Castlebar Golf Club) signed a contract with Dar Golf for the development of a reconfigured course east of the existing course at Rocklands in Castlebar. The new development became necessary when part of the existing course was included in the compulsory purchase order for the new Turlough to Westport road. As part of an agreement reached between the club and Mayo County Council additional lands were acquired for the club by the council.
Buccaneers pushed Cork Constitution all the way in Saturday’s Ulster Bank League division 1A fixture before the champions edged a well-contested encounter by 24-19.
The good summer weather brought large numbers out to the golf clubs around the county last weekend.
Choosing the right club can be a difficult decision. There are many golf clubs in Co Galway, each with its own unique blend of offerings. But in addition to the normal considerations of cost, tee-time availability, etc, the golfer also needs to think about the course layout.