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Irish Links Initative Host Workshops in Donegal and Dublin

12.41am 21st February 2011 - Courses - This story was updated on Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The Irish Links Initiative (ILI), which was set up in early 2008, to “preserve, protect and promote” links golf courses in Ireland is to host workshops this week in Donegal Golf Club and Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links.

The workshops take the subject “Preparing the Old Course for the 2010 Open Championship”.  At the seminars Gordon McKie, course manager at the Old Course, St Andrew’s, will be looking at how they prepared the course for the 2010 Open Championship from the start of the work in 2005 through to remedial work post the Open.

One of the topics on the agenda for the day will include new techniques for links course management.  The sessions will be chaired by Bruce Jameson who will share his knowledge and experience as an agronomist, having previously worked with the European Tour.

The two workshops will take place on:

  • Donegal Golf Club, Tuesday, 22 February, 2011
  • Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Both events will begin at 10am and finish with lunch.

Irish Links Initiative members are entitled to attend the event free of charge but non members will paid a nominal €40 per delegate (including lunch).

The Irish Links Initiative was set up in 2008 with the following objectives:-

  • Maintaining and serving the heritage of Irish links golf.
  • Enhancing the links experience in its natural raw state.
  • Promote and drive the education of links management.
  • Exchange and share information among links courses.
  • Create greater awareness of Irish links golf courses.
  • Promote Irish links golf locally, nationally and internationally

Brian Coburn, who until recently has been green convenor of Royal County Down and the man behind the Irish Links Initiative, urged all links golf courses to send delegates to the seminars.  He pointed to the fact that true links golf course is very much a finite resource and that Ireland is lucky to have over 30% of all of the links golf courses worldwide.

To reserve a place at the seminar please contact Tracy Coburn at, tel: + 44 7803 237 247.

The invitation extends to all green staff, golf club managers, greens convenors, professionals and anyone with a real interest in the management of Irish links golf courses.

Irish Links Initiative


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