Talking links golf in Ireland and Scotland with Patrick Koenig (Episode 13)
By Stephanie Wei under Podcast


I chatted with golf photographer/social media extraordinaire Patrick Koenig about his solo trip to play golf in Ireland — he drove around the country and played 13 courses in eight days! — along with his buddies trip in Scotland.

This episode is definitely a must-listen for lovers of links golf and for those thinking of planning their own trip to Ireland and/or Scotland.

We recorded this interview the day after the Irish Open when I was sitting in a rental car parking lot at the Belfast airport and Patrick was driving to a business meeting (he has a full-time non-golf job) in Colorado. All things considered I think it turned out well.

We talked about the incredible courses I had the chance to play in Northern Ireland during the Irish Open — Royal Portrush GC, Royal County Down and Castlerock.

Here’s the list of courses Patrick played on his Ireland trip:

  • Portmarnock
  • The Island
  • Royal County Down
  • Ardglass Golf Club
  • Royal Portrush
  • Lahinch
  • Doonbeg 
  • Tralee Golf Club
  • Dooks 
  • Waterville
  • Ballybunion
  • Cork Golf Club
  • Old Head

Then, he hopped on a plane to join some friends to play *more* links golf in Scotland. His itinerary included the following (I need to double-check this list with him):

  • North Berwick
  • Elie
  • The Old Course
  • Kingsbarns
  • Crail
  • Carnoustie
  • Cruden Bay


Check out this episode!