When Irish eyes are smiling…
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
Our four-ball on the first tee at Royal Dublin with the legendary Christy O'Connor

Our four-ball on the first tee at Royal Dublin with the legendary Christy O’Connor

Apologies for my absence, but for those of you who follow me on social media, you know I’ve been in Ireland since the Open. We were on the west coast in Belmullet, which was absolutely beautiful. The downside is it’s in the middle of nowhere, so WiFi and Internet were a challenge.

I’m traveling with a group of writers and we’ve had quite the busy itinerary, and I can’t wait to share with you the breathtaking golf courses I was able to experience in Ireland and Scotland.

I’m headed back home tomorrow, so after I recover from sleep deprivation, I’ll be writing up a storm. In fact, I’ve canceled my trip to the WGC-Bridgestone, so I can catch up.

This has been a fantastic experience, and although I’ve covered the Open since 2010 — with the exception of nine holes at the Castle Course at St. Andrews — I was never able to find the time to play golf (and there’s also the health constraint, so it’s a bit of a production for me get out there).

Wow, had I been missing out! Links golf is so much more fun and inspiring than American golf. As I’m sure you know, the links just require more imagination and creativity, whereas back home it’s a bit one-dimensional in comparison.

Before I leave you, here’s a picture of the par-5 no. 2 at Enniscrone Golf Club in the northwest coast of Ireland…