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Wednesday 15th March 2017

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 15.3.17 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE M y dad is 85 and I've been playing golf with him for as long as I can remember. For the last 10 years we've been pursuing the Greystones Golf Club Father & Son trophy, so far without success but it has been a lot of fun. And that's the joy of playing with your father… or your son. There are parent/child competitions (intra-club and opens) out there so if you're lucky enough to have a father or a son who plays golf then try to enter one of these events. Two of the most famous – and se- rious – are run at Castle Golf Club and St. Anne's Golf Club, but now there is a new one-day open event being held at Dooks Golf Club. The 2017 Kingdom Father & Son takes place on Friday 21st April, with entry generously priced at €60 per pair. It is open to all GUI mem- bers and the handicap limit is 24 (or 28 if under 18 years old). This is a straight foursomes strokes format – which will make it a challenging day for everyone, but Dooks is not a hugely long course, it is tremen - dous fun to play and it is one of Ireland's prettiest links. The views are spectacular and the hospitality is legendary. You can book online at www.dooks.com or email office@ dooks.com for further details. (Or just visit the website to see some stunning golf course photography.) The Castle All-Ireland Father & Son tournament will enjoy its 57th outing in July, 2017. After weekend quali- fying (there were 500 golfers from 100 clubs in 2016) it becomes a knock-out tournament for the rest of the week. The St. Anne's event is a similar format. Now in its 17th year it takes place in August and is a four- somes event, played over a week. The one-day Dooks event certainly holds an attraction for those unable to commit to a week long cauldron of competitiveness, so head south west and enjoy the golf clubs and the famous Kerry welcome. Accommodation options: Bianconi Inn in Killorglin, and Towers Hotel in Glenbeigh. Eat at Jack's Coastguard Restaurant. Dooks' new Father & Son event should not be missed, writes Kevin Markham. LIKE FATHER… LIKE SON

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