Posted by: randyhaaggolf | July 29, 2015


1. If I was planning a golfing trip to Ireland, I would use this gentleman to plan my entire trip:

Mike Brassil/Travel Executive
Carr Golf Travel – Creating Unique Experiences & Memories for Life
Carr Corporate Events
T: +353 1 8226662
D: +353 1 8609311
Us Toll Free: 1800 882 2656

Mike has successfully gotten me on every course I have desired to play, either that day, or with a few days notice. He has suggested the correct places to stay, and has directed me to the right people to meet and contact. Mike works for Marty Carr who’s father is one of the most famous amateurs of all time, and has a prestigious amateur event played in his honor called the Carr Mara, which this year will be contested at Royal Portrush Golf Club in September.

2. Don’t expect summer like weather conditions in the summer here, its been cold, windy and rainy. The good news is that the wind can blow the storms through quite quickly, so it doesn’t rain for long.

3. The people here are real golfers, and hence take their time looking for balls in the heather and gorse, so don’t be surprised when the play slows to a crawl at times. These are serious golfers and I have seen very few putts conceited.

4. Don’t be foolish and think you can set up your own trip by using the internet, it will limit what you’ll be able to do. Using Mike at Carr golf will ensure that you play the best courses, stay at the great places to stay and dine at the best restaurants. AND its best you DON’T drive here, the country roads are VERY narrow, and cars fly by doing 120+km/hr. It can be a terrifying experience unless you are a veteran driver in those conditions.

5. The people of Ireland are extremely accommodating and helpful, don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you’d like about anything, they go out of their way to be helpful.

6. There is a lot to see in this great place, I’d do more than just golf while you are here. I toured the Guinness Storehouse, it was amazing and worth seeing.

So far I’ve played 18 holes at Dooks. 18 holes at Tralee, 11 holes at Waterville and 9 holes at the Island Golf Club in Dublin. ALl of them have been amazing, especially Waterville, WOW awesome links course.

Tomorrow I play a great course I’ve never played before, Portmarnock with my pals I met at the World Golf Championship in South Korea in May. I hope to have some fun shots and video of our round.


These videos of the first 9 holes at Dooks are a little corny, but my point was to show you a course you probably have never heard of before on the southwest side of the Island. Its a really nice links course you should play if you get the opportunity.

Posted by: randyhaaggolf | July 27, 2015


Since heading to this side of the Island, I’ve now played three courses. At two of the courses I’ve paid nothing to play, and at the third I was charged a reduce green fee. The people are very nice and have been very accommodating.

This Video is a bit long, but shows the extent of the kindness extended by the gentlemen in the Dooks Pro Shop. Live action on the course will be next, stay tuned.

Posted by: randyhaaggolf | July 26, 2015


Over the next ten days, I am going to try to bring as much Ireland golfing to you as I can. Here is my opening scene.




Posted by: randyhaaggolf | July 22, 2015


The days of knowing the “main contenders” in an event have changed dramatically. I have to admit that I have never heard of any of the 5 amateurs that made the cut in the Open championship, especially the couple that actually contended in the end. The pool of talented players is at an all time high, with no end in site.

I recently played in the NCGA stroke play, and had the distinct pleasure of playing with a very fine young college player that stood a stout 5’9″ and must have weighed about 145 lbs max. but what he didn’t lack POWER, and I mean serious power. His first tee shot on the par 5 tenth hole went about 330 yards, I think he had an easy 6 iron left to the green. But at the end of the day, its the short game that separates these young (and old) players. The great equalizer is the short game, as Jordan Spieth has demonstrated time and time again. Its nice to belt it 350 yards, but if you cannot chip and putt, good luck playing for the big bucks.

Since I reported last, I’ve played in the Monterey City at Old Del Monte, the NCGA Stroke Play at Poppy Hills, and the qualifier for the British Senior Open on Monday in London at Berkshire Golf Club. Sadly I am now in Ireland trying to forget about my near miss to get back into the British Senior Open. My game is certainly lacking many elements to compete at a level that I’m attempting to compete at. It starts with the mental side, and bleeds into the physical part of the game. Practice round performances don’t mean shit when the GUN goes off on the day when it matters, Why can only a few players in the world actually play better under extreme pressure? I am not sure Dustin Johnson or Sergio Garcia have that ability to close under that intense pressure.

Unfortunately in London they have whats called LEGAL sports betting, and yes LIVE betting and changing odds as each shot is hit. I got a little carried away and had wagers (all to win) on about 12 players, especially heavy on Spieth, and then in the playoff Louie was my heavy bet to make back what had been lost. What I overlooked was that 1,2 and 18 were going to wedge shot approaches, advantage Zach, and there you have a pressure putter that stood tall in his finest moment. Seeing him win the JUG, helped ease a bit the loss of many hundred pounds, and I’ll tell you those pounds feel like dollars, but are almost 2:1 to the dollar after all the fees and charges associated with getting them over here. Today in Dublin I couldn’t help stopping into another sports hut to bet on my least favorite Senior player, yes I took old Monty to take the trophy at Sunningdale. I’m sure my bet jinxed him badly, we’ll have to wait and see.

I’m traveling and playing in Ireland the next 10 days before the start of the Senior Amateur here at County Downs, I’ll be bringing you video coverage of the courses I am going to play, and my thoughts on these gems, suggestions where I think you might enjoy visiting in Ireland, as I plan to see most of the Island.


Posted by: randyhaaggolf | June 29, 2015


It was quite obvious to me, that those playing in the US Senior Open with length had a chance in this event, while the others struggled. On longer par 4 holes of 450-500 yards you need length off the tee to be able to hit higher lofted shots into these greens, especially to firm open greens. Tom Watson did remarkably well in this Open at age 65, as he stated, he drove the ball well and putted well, but was not able to hit his irons shots with the necessary height into those firm elevated greens. So I am stating the obvious, but lets examine how to create additional length and club head speed. I can assure you that eating Ice Cream on the couch is not the answer. The answer is hard work, but it can be fun, and quite rewarding. So many great golf specific exercises are available to golfers today, that your a fool if you ignore the benefit you’ll derive from consistently trying these exercises.

I work with an amazing TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) instructor here in the Bay Area, and would be happy to share her contact information with anyone thats ready to get their club head speed up. Additionally I recently ran into this video that has several very good exercises that are not that tough, but will yield great results.

So get off your ass, and see if you can bomb it by me…..if you can, then lets see if you then can make some putts under pressure, that will be my next topic. But for now, get fit, and you’ll see the results immediately. If you find this blog to be interesting and beneficial, please share it with your friends. I derive ZERO profit from this blog, and write here to share with you my experiences and knowledge of the game as I pursue my passion competing around the world as an amateur golfer.


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