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Rick Shiels shoots +41 in 3-round pro-am tourney. GolfWRX members discuss.

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There’s no way to sugarcoat this: Rick Shiels’ golf game did not travel with him to coastal Spain. Sorry, Rick, (who is by all accounts a great guy). The YouTube personality, instructor, and club reviewer extraordinaire teed it up in the three-round Costa Daurada International Pro-Am at Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club in Spain.

Shiels carded rounds of 88, 88, 79 to finish at 41 over par, last in the field of 17 golfers and seven strokes worse than any other pro.

Not surprisingly, GolfWRX members are discussing the popular YouTuber’s performance and asking some tough questions.

Londoner writes

“This is not intended as a bashing thread. We have all had rounds where it felt like our first. But I thought pros had some level of consistency cracked. Ric hit 41 over for 3 rounds in a pro am…
The winner was +2. How does a pro unravel like that?”

Cornwall1888 suggests

“He’s simply not very good, that’s why he makes money from YouTube and sponsors, not playing golf. He’s probably a 2 or 3 handicap who had a terrible week.”

Stumpnav continues the thought that Shiels may simply not be a good tournament player

“I think Rick spends most of his time at the range using his launch monitor and not enough on the course. He knows how to play swing but not how to play golf. Doesn’t diminish his instructional ability or the enjoyment of his channel.”

Hawkeye77 doesn’t think the scores necessarily reflect his abilities as a player

“On vacation with his family, little or no play or practice in winter, not all that surprising. I’ll bet anyone he played with had a great time.”

Plenty, like Merkury10, defended Shiels and offered potential explanations

“All pros can have a stinker like that. We just aren’t watching them on Sunday. They either missed the cut or played the early tee time not televised. I agree with what was said earlier. I suspect he spends the majority of his time in the hitting bay and not out trying to shoot low scores. Rory 5 putted this weekend, and he’s no Rory.”

03trdblack has a theory about where Shiels is deficient

“Serviceable swing but his chipping and putting are pretty bad. He’s a driving range pro that lives on the GCQuad instead of on the practice green.”

There’s much, much more to the discussion and plenty of hot takes on both sides…and plenty of folks who loved or hated the new Driver vs. Driver panelist before he fired three miserable rounds. In other words, you’ll want to check out this thread.

And it’s neither here nor there, but still worth disclosing, Shiels contributed to this site in the past. You can see his archive here.

 

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  1. Ryan Michael

    Apr 15, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Watched many of his reviews when he was swinging poorly and blaming the clubs and the lack of forgiveness. Not very surprised by these results.

  2. Bob Parson Jr.

    Apr 7, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    He will never be considered for a sponsorship from PXG, even if he’s the one paying for the clubs. Boohoo!

  3. Al

    Mar 28, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Poor mans Mark Crossfield who burnt his own house down never mind trying to make a few pars ????????????

  4. Robert Parsons

    Mar 21, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    He can only hit from perfectly flat lies. Anything else and he sucks.

  5. Mike W

    Feb 27, 2018 at 11:44 am

    The guy hits the ball so beautifully on the launch monitor, it’s hard to imagine him playing this poorly, but there’s more to it than hitting shots on a range or monitor, there’s the short game, there’s managing your game, there’s having some semblance of golf intelligence–and those factors don’t show up in an edited Youtube session. Back in the day when I was a pretty good low handicap golfer, a guy showed up at the club who I’d never seen before, he had one of those compact, powerful swings that made me feel like a hack, he looked for all the world like a +4: he hit these low risers that landed in the middle of the fairways 280 out in the days of persimmon, he spun his approaches back like they were yanked by an invisible string. And yet, I, with my 3 handicap, could’ve given the guy 2 a side. He had no clue about how to get the ball in the hole–never saw so many bad decisions made on a golf course. No golf intelligence.

  6. Dmack

    Feb 26, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Rick will live to fight another days. I’m sure he didn’t have his A game. Probably not enough course time. Video are great fun to watch and informative.

  7. Alex Jones

    Feb 26, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    I think Jessica Korda had plastic surgery. No way it was for headaches. Giant honker and droopy hound dog looks are gone. Its all for the better. I would give to her now. Before, not so much.

  8. MT

    Feb 25, 2018 at 2:34 am

    Just wondering why this story has occupied such a prominent position on the WRX website for so long?

    Everybody has had a bad weekend – Give the guy a break.

    His vlogs are fun and entertaining, and he does good informative equipment reviews.

  9. uhgolfguy1

    Feb 24, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Shiels is a teaching pro. Teaching pros and touring pros are very different players. I think his youtube channel is great. He’s never advertised himself as a top flight player so there’s no need to bash the guy about a horrendous week on the course. Teach pros specialize in just that, teaching. The Harlem Globetrotters are all incredibly talented athletes, but none are close to being well rounded enough to play in the NBA.

    I only feel sorry for the amateurs that had to play with.

  10. rogolf

    Feb 23, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Where do you fit in WRX’ers?
    This post not relevant to article. Neither are some of the others.

    *(Aprox. 1000 players out of +40,000,000 golfers worldwide play on recognizable tours.
    Another 40,000 or 1/10th of 1 percent, some club pros, most amateur at local, state and national play around scratch. Probably only about a million can break 80.

    Major World Golf Tours + Senior PGA + LPGA +Developmental. Top 100 Players each Tour.
    *(Top Earner, 50th Earner, 100th Earner in descending order)

    PGA Tour
    $10,000,000.
    $2,000,000.
    $1,000,000.

    European Tour
    $5,000,000.
    $1,000,000.
    $400,000.

    Sr. PGA Tour
    $3,000,000.
    $300,000.
    $40,000.

    Japan Tour
    $2,000,000.
    $200,000.
    $60,000.

    Web.Com Tour
    $500,000.
    $100,000.
    $50,000.

    Australia/Asian
    $250,000.
    $40,000.
    $5,000.

    Sunshine Tour/South Africa LPGA
    $250,000. $2,000,000.
    $20,000. $400,000.
    $6,000. $100,000.

    PGA Developmental Tours – China, McKenzie(Canada), Latin America, etc.
    $100,000.
    $20,000.
    $2,000.

    • MeetPole

      Mar 3, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      This is GolfWRX. Everyone can break 70 and half are multimillionaires. Don’t you know this?

  11. mlb

    Feb 22, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Who gives a &^%$#@( Rick Shiels is still a solid guy and player:)

  12. BK from NYC

    Feb 22, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I love Ricks channel and watch it all the time. He is entertaining on YouTube. Everyone here has had a meltdown or three. Drives that go out of bounds, bad chips, etc. This guy can play golf, he’s a great personality, and his videos are great at showing global golf courses. Lets Give Rick a pass. Peter Finch did have a respectable showing. Lets give Pete credit ! No Haters!

  13. BenAlbersDad

    Feb 21, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    WTF is the point of this discussion? Who really cares what Shiels carded in some Podunk tourney in Guam? Get a life WRXers!

  14. dvers

    Feb 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    I don’t know who at Golf WRX has the ax to grind, but regardless, it’s tough to see what Mr. Shiels’ score in a one-off tournament has to do with the mission of the site.
    I looked him up on YouTube and the top suggestion was a video in which he talked about his experience at the pro-am. He was upfront, candid, and admitted that he should expect some flack given his poor performance. He seems like a classy guy who for whatever reasons had a bad week.
    On the otherhand, the number of opinions excoriating Shiels (and perhaps the fact that he is a topic in the first place) is unbecoming of the site. What usually seems to be a community of light-hearted enthusiasts comes across as a den of know-it-alls and snobby critics.
    Think about how you’d react if Shiels was a buddy or the Pro at your course, not a “YouTuber.” I doubt you’d have the same vitriol worked up.

    The Internet: making us all worse people one comment section at a time!

  15. Joe Perez

    Feb 21, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Rick is a fine talent, but admitted that he hadn’t played much in the previous months. This may have been due to the work he’s doing on Golf Channels new Wilson Driver show (if in fact it has started production). I see this as an unfortunate “one-off.”

  16. TigerArmy

    Feb 20, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    This is a joke. Rick Shiels was introduced on golfwrx about 18 months ago. Almost no activity on this site since then. I guess both parties have fallen out with each other. Golfwrx is a sinking ship and Mr. Shiels.will get along alone much better. Now golfwrx wants to throw him under the bus with this vile discussion. Disgusting stuff!

    • Milton Gombo

      Feb 20, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Throw him under the bus they did. The man is a legitimate PGA-Euro card holder, competing in a
      silly off season event, which has all the credibility of a spring training baseball game.
      Don’t know who put Ben up to this hatchet job, or why, but WRX as a whole would have been better by another level if they could have found a place for Rick’s reviews.

  17. ACTUAL FACTS

    Feb 20, 2018 at 11:16 am

    So Rick Shiels had a horrible tournament showing… It happens! What people fail to realize is that most “instructors” are better teachers than they are tournament players. There’s nothing to see here aside from a man having a tough go-at-it over the course of three days. He’s human…

  18. S

    Feb 20, 2018 at 8:14 am

    For three straight days??? seriously? I love watching his equipment reviews all the time. Now I just need to adjust my point of view slightly. Reviews from a long mid-handicapper, basically one of you many GolfWrx’ers. No wonder you guys love him so much LOL

  19. Jeremy

    Feb 19, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    This thread is an absolute joke. I would expect better from GolfWRX. Rick is an awesome PGA Golf Professional! We need more guys like this to continue to help grow the game of golf and less threads like this. WRX, this thread is a triple bogey.

    • Stephen Finley

      Feb 20, 2018 at 1:19 am

      What are you talking about? WRX handled it about as fairly as anybody could. The guy gets ad money for handing out golf advice, but he shot 41 over in three rounds. Doesn’t make him a bad guy, doesn’t mean he would always shoot that bad. Does mean it’s newsworthy within the world of golf journalism. What should they do? Ignore it? Pretend it doesn’t raise at least a glimmer of a question about instructional value? It’s not conclusive, but it’s absolutely a fair concern to raise.

  20. Sandy Bunker

    Feb 19, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Unable to produce the goods when it matters……….typical ,…….too busy filming himself & chasing You Tube subscribers…suck it up Princess.

  21. sam

    Feb 18, 2018 at 3:24 am

    he shot 74 with a hole in one at the British Open qualifying … he can play and he is a great guy too. Stop the hating America, it is getting old and tiresome.

    • ouch

      Feb 18, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      I totally agree with you.

      Unfortunately people here on this site (not everyone obviously but more than enough) seem to love to tear people down, especially youtube guys of late. It’s unfortunate really.

      Honestly kinda surprised this was considered “front page worthy”. Isn’t he a Golfwrx contributor? Might be hard to get other youtubers or coaches to give their opinion to this site when 1 awful tournament score is considered front page news. I guess it’s the American story, build them and wait to tear them down…. Again unfortunate really….

    • Stephen Finley

      Feb 20, 2018 at 1:21 am

      A hole-in-one doesn’t make you a player. With 3 on that hole he shoots 76. Not 90, not terrible, but whether that’s “can play” within a group of pros is a legitimate question.

    • James Glenn

      Feb 20, 2018 at 9:27 am

      He shot 74…WITH a hole in one? That means one lucky shot took what would have been a 76 — middling, at best, from a professional even playing in a British Open Qualifier. That most definitely does not mean, conclusively, “the guy can play.”

    • Jerry

      Mar 6, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Hating and Divisiveness is our National Sport …. unfortunately. In the USA, most people react before thinking. It’s unfortunate.

  22. AriTechnical

    Feb 17, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Sad part is he could still take Tiger. That guy is horrible! At least Shiels provides some valuable content to the world.

    • Mark

      Feb 19, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      Lol..true. But no one wants to talk about how Tiger is DONE!! ANd time to focus on the future of the sport, not a toothless tiger

    • Scratchscorer

      Jan 1, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      This comment sure didn’t age well. Better luck next time.

  23. Daniel Annand

    Feb 16, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    To all the trolls how many subscribers do you have? Get a life you keyboard warriors

    • Stephen Finley

      Feb 20, 2018 at 1:24 am

      What possible difference does “number of subscribers” make? Talk about a nitwit millennial mentality. Golf is a score. This was a bad score for somebody who gets paid based on perceived instructional value. Period. Doesn’t mean he hasn’t had better weeks. Isn’t conclusive as to the value of the instruction. But it _does_ raise legitimate questions about how much authority they would see as inhering in it, aside from questions that would arise on the substance and could be evaluated on the substance.

      • Briggsky

        Feb 26, 2018 at 2:37 pm

        Rick is a great teacher whose lesson card is filled. I’ve followed his lead up to the Open qualifying for years and he can play. People go off when they know nothing about him even comparing their weekend rounds to Rick’s. The difference was Rick actual score was posted and not dreamed up. It sometimes seems like the average poster swings at 119 mph with a double XX shaft. When was the last time any of the great present day teachers actually posted their score.

  24. rex235

    Feb 16, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Surprising there wasn’t a WITB for Shielsy….

  25. GolfCodeWeekly.com

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Course is only 6317 yards off the back.

    This is obviously a low level Pro Golf tournament and is a resort course, being 4 shots inside bogey golf for 36 holes is horrendous however you cut it.

    There are very good club pros out there there are also a lot that are not very good

    Making a launch monitor read a certain number, is not golf

    • GolfJourneys.com.au

      Feb 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      It’s actually in metres, which is 6908 yards.

    • Stephen Finley

      Feb 20, 2018 at 1:25 am

      Possibly the truest line I’ve seen in months in any golf publication:

      “Making a launch monitor read a certain number is not golf.”

    • Paul CORRADO

      Feb 20, 2018 at 5:20 am

      The courses hosted the final stage of the European Tour Q school, there were a lot of wind, Tell you this is not easy courses.

      • Stephen Finley

        Feb 21, 2018 at 12:37 am

        Yeah, kinda looks like like conditions were difficult and the course wasn’t so much a lark, but averaging 14 over a round when you’re teaching people how to play the game is still a newsworthy story. I doubt this indicates his normal level of play, but nobody should ask a golf publication to ignore it. Imagine what would happen if Sean Foley went out and shot triple 90s in a tournament. Doesn’t mean his theories are necessarily wrong, doesn’t mean he’s always that bad, but it’d be news.

  26. RG

    Feb 15, 2018 at 10:01 am

    What I find really funny is that he calls himself a “teacher.” If your a good teacher, why don’t you figure it out after day 1 and make the correction?

  27. Sam Sung

    Feb 15, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Wait a minute! Rick Shiels plays in tournaments?

  28. chris

    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:57 am

    The real numbers to look at are # of putts. Then penalty strokes. When discussing a bad round.

  29. John

    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:36 am

    I noticed that 27 out of 51 of the rounds played were 77 or over. Either bad or tough conditions or bad Pros. I have a hard time believing that this is the norm for these guys .

  30. CB

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:08 am

    So he tests drivers all the time purely for ball speed and feel pleasure for you idiots to gawk at on Youtube, and you expect him to be able to hit the driver straight onto a fairway , tight iron shots into pins and make putts? I am not surprised in the least.

    • indyvic

      Feb 14, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      CB your comment that people are “idiots” for watching him on YouTube is what’s idiotic and low class and IMO comes in even worse than his score. This is a gentleman’s game with exception to people like you. But hey, nothing stopping You from going on YouTube and showing us “idiots” how it’s done. Be sure and post on WRX and let everyone know when you’re ready so we can become your “idiots.”

      • Mark

        Feb 19, 2018 at 10:04 pm

        Lol exactly..dude is a troll shields is the man. Guy could’ve shot 100 n it doesn’t change the fact he is great at what he does

        • Brandon

          Feb 19, 2018 at 10:55 pm

          Shooting 100 and being a golf pro don’t go together. I’m not a pro but I still shot 74 this weekend from tips. I’m surely not a pro and not bragging, I’m just saying there are lots of “pros” who got really good for a few months and then stopped practicing like they did to get their certification.

        • Stephen Finley

          Feb 20, 2018 at 1:28 am

          “Guy could’ve shot 100 n it doesn’t change the fact he is great at what he does.”

          Are you even remotely serious?

          Having a bad week doesn’t automatically or conclusively mean everything (or anything) he says is wrong, but acting like there’s no connection between some level of playing ability and instructional theory is just ridiculous.

        • James Glenn

          Feb 20, 2018 at 9:33 am

          It absolutely does. There’s a reason the PGA make you play in a Playing Ability Test. Would you take business advice from someone who’s bankrupted a company and currently broke?

  31. John Ireland

    Feb 13, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    What’s the story with the half irish/half GB flags???

  32. the dude

    Feb 13, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    who is he????…seriously

    • Benny

      Feb 16, 2018 at 7:01 am

      I have no clue either lol…

    • Scarface

      Feb 18, 2018 at 3:48 am

      It’s Ok, I don’t mind the confusing flag situation, it’s the same as all those morons in Boston who call themselves Irish, oh I’m Irish but then when you ask them well then did you support the IRA when they went around bombing things in the UK, they all say no because I’m an American lmao

      • Stephen Finley

        Feb 20, 2018 at 1:30 am

        I’m Irish-American, and it’s ludicrous to suggest either support for the IRA or opposition to the IRA makes you more Irish or less Irish. What are you even talking about?

        • Andy

          Feb 21, 2018 at 7:01 pm

          Maybe, but whether or not you support people who blew up babies may make you more humane or less humane…

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I wasn’t ready for the 2019 Rules of Golf

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We weren’t ready. We thought we were, but we weren’t.

For the last year, the USGA reminded us that in 2019 Rules of Golf were coming, but we didn’t listen. We heard the flag stick could remain in and we heard that you could take a penalty drop from knee-height.

But we didn’t listen.

I bet none of you have even practiced using your putter to flatten the entire green between your ball and the cup. You can do that now.

I’m also sure that you and I will continue to hover our club in all hazards, er, penalty areas. Yeah, we’re calling it a penalty area now.

The USGA went to the extreme depths of changing words all to simplify the game for you.

I don’t think the USGA listened either.

The rule changes were intended to speed up play and simplify golf for amateurs. Seems like a good idea. In turn, they may have bamboozled the PGA Tour while confusing the only amateurs who kind-of, sort-of knew the rules.

The pros didn’t need a new rule book, the amateurs just needed a simple one.

Us “locals” as the USGA refers to amateurs, do have one extremely fluid perk. When hitting a ball OB, or following a lost ball, you can drop with a two-stroke penalty instead of walking back to the tee. This of course, is dependent on your course, head professional, tournament conditions, and other factors including and not limited to what phase the moon is in.

If that’s somewhat confusing, read up, ask about your local rules, and buy a few extra sleeves. Reason being, in 2019, the limit on searching for a golf ball has been cut from five to three minutes.

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But wait, there’s good news.

Thanks to the USGA, if you accidentally move your ball as you frantically high-step through fescue, it’s no longer a penalty! What an exciting 180 seconds that will be!

If you somehow don’t find your golf ball in the hazard penalty area, the USGA tried to help us out, which they did, yet regrettably took away a more iconic portrait on the golf course.

The rigid, stoic stance and forceful drop of a ball at shoulder-height.

And we let it happen.

Now, we’ll watch a defeated man deliberately bend to his knees and gingerly drop his ball…Which, by the way, appears to be a convenient way for cheaters to “take a drop” that ideally doubles as “identifying my first ball”.

Don’t even get me started on the back issues this could flare up.

We heard in late 2018 that Bryson DeChambeau would use the flagstick when the odds were in his favor. He even laid it out simply for us.

“It depends on the COR, the coefficient of restitution of the flagstick.”

Simple.

We didn’t listen Bryson, we didn’t believe. We also have absolutely no clue what you’re talking about.

But hey, as Bryson would say, don’t hate the player, hate the game. Yeah, he’d clearly never say that, but here’s to hoping!

We heard he would do it, but we didn’t believe it. We had to see to believe. What we saw was DeChambeau first in strokes gained putting in the very first round he was allowed to do it.

Obviously, this trend will continue for DeChambeau, and others may join in, because what is golf if not a constant chase for a marginally better opportunity at success.

Watch your back, because those others that may join in could be closer than you think. You may turn around to find a fellow member asking for the flag on their next 12-footer.

It should be a fun year of commentary and confusion at your local club and on the PGA tour. Professionals will have constant questions for rules officials, and commentators will consistently question Bryson’s methods.

There is one real question I hope is answered this April.

What will we do when Bryson banks in a downhill putt at No. 2 of Augusta?

Will we be ready? Will Augusta?

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Tweets of the Week: Justin Rose shows off his Honma clubs, Justin Timberlake does Happy Gilmore and Barack Obama’s new swing

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Over the last seven days, Matt Kuchar brought home the bacon at the Sony Open, while golf fans got a look at plenty of new equipment releases for 2019. But here’s some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere in the last week.

Justin Timberlake’s Draw

Ten Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, and he can hit a perfect draw Happy Gilmore style. Bit annoying.

Rose Showcases His New Honma Clubs

Still waiting to make his first start of 2019, the World Number 1 is ready to go as a member of Team Honma.

Chez Reavie Goes Bananas

In case you missed it, Chez Reavie became the first player since the PGA Tour began keeping records to make three eagles on three par 4’s in a single round. The fact that he holed out each one from the fairway is quite incredible.

Obama’s New Swing

Barack Obama has had a bit more free time over the past couple of years, since, well you know, he’s not running the country anymore. How do you rate his swing, GolfWRXers?

Double Hit Rule

This video has caused much confusion over the past week on social media. The double hit rule may have changed in 2019, but this attempt is still illegal. Impressive either way you look at it though.

 

 

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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 4. Bearna Golf Club, Galway

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In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part Three of our Exploring Ireland Series, we went west and focused on Spanish Point Golf Club in Clare. Now it’s time for Part Four, and we’re staying on the west coast and taking the short trip up to County Galway.

Galway city is famous for its bustling nightlife, and in terms of bars to choose from, there are few better places in Ireland. Whether it’s a quiet night out and a meal, enjoying a few pints with some live traditional music, or a wild all-nighter you’re looking for, Galway certainly has you covered. Conveniently, the city also homes some top golf courses, which makes it a must-visit destination for anyone coming to this island.

Bearna Golf Club, Galway

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Galway Golf Club and Galway Bay Golf Resort are usually the two golf courses that people think of when they mention this county. But lurking under the radar is Bearna Golf Club, which will provide you with just as incredible an experience as those two courses, at a lower price.

Located within a 15-minute drive of Galway City, Bearna GC offers an authentic Irish golfing experience. Surrounded by bogland, you can expect your nose to take in all of the scents of Ireland as you navigate your way through the rugged land of humps, gorse bushes and ditches that will give your game a real workout.

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Creeks will appear on most fairways, so don’t expect to be able to turn up and grip it and rip it. Bearna is a golf course that is going to make you think, and with the challenges provided, will most likely test your patience as well as your skill.

The track offers five different sets of tees, all of which provide for a fun test. The course ranges between 4,897 yards and 6,271 yards and plays as either a Par 72 or 71 depending on the tees you choose. Thirteen holes feature water, and the one relief that you will find here that is different than other courses in the area is the lack of fairway bunkers.

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Robert J. Browne designed the course back in 1996, and as well as the feeling you will have of being amongst nature, you will also have impressive views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the famous Burren.

During the week, 18 holes around Bearna GC will set you back just under $50, while to play on the weekend the rate rises to $75. Don’t be surprised if after your round you want another crack at this deceptive course.

Food & Drink – Tig Coili, Galway

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There is no “best pub in Galway.” The city has an inordinate amount of amazing watering holes to spend your night, and it just comes down to personal taste and what experience you are looking to have for your night. As someone who loves the feel of an old traditional Irish pub though, Tig Coili gets my vote.

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Located in the Latin Quarter of Galway City, this place will often have swarms of people flooding out from the bar onto the street. Traditional music plays here every night, with 14 music sessions each week. The pub prides itself on its music, with pictures of famous musicians that have played here in the past covering the walls.

Also, Tig Coili’s pint of Guinness is renowned for being one of the best in the area, and it’s what 90 percent of folks will be drinking for the night here.

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As for food in Galway, it can only be oysters. Described by multiple top chefs as the “best flavoured in the world,” the oysters here come from Galway Bay and are so popular in the city that should you visit here in September you can enjoy Galway’s three day Oyster festival.

You can hop into most bars in Galway serving food and throw back half a dozen oysters, but if you want to experience them for a sit-down meal then go and visit Oscars Seafood Bistro, where the flavour will blow your socks off. An early bird two-course meal of half a dozen oysters and a plate of steaming hot mussels with fries will cost just $20. The perfect drink pairing for oysters? Guinness. Ideal.

Where To Stay

My recommendation is to stay in the center of Galway. We’ve gone traditional in our visits to Donegal and Clare, but for Galway, the city is so alive that you will want to stay right in the heart of it. The Jury’s Inn is a solid option, which will leave you within walking distance of the best bars, restaurants and sights to see in the city. A double room here will set you back in the region of $100 a night.

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If you like to shop then visit Quay Street, where you can take in the shops while plenty of buskers on the street entertain you, while the bronze statue of Irish writer Oscar Wilde and Estonian writer Eduard Vilde is an imposing outdoor sight that is a trendy spot for a photo.

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But as we’re sports lovers, then when in Galway do whatever you can to catch a game of hurling. Galway’s hurling side are currently one of the best teams in the land, winning the All-Ireland title in 2017, and they possess some of the most passionate fans. Just try not to mention the last final when you get here.

How to Get There

Galway is about as accessible as it gets from anywhere in the island. You can take the train from any major city in Ireland, and it’ll take you right into the city center of Galway. A direct train from Dublin City will arrive in Galway in just over two hours.

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