Willie Scales is one of the most trusted and experienced drivers in South West Ireland and has been transporting visiting golfers to and from the region’s breathtaking courses for over 25 years. He’s also a member of Lahinch Golf Club so few would know as much about golf in Ireland than Willie – let’s see what he had to say about his favourite courses, places to eat and some funny stories from the golf tours he’s catered for throughout the years…
Like many golf lovers I know, I share a love of the game with my Dad and while I don’t get to hit the fairways with him as often as either of us would like, many of the best courses I have ticked off my bucket list have been with the old man at my side.
The likes of Turnberry, Royal Porthcawl in Wales and the European Club just south of Dublin have been particular highlights of our golfing adventures throughout the years and while on a long car journey about a year ago, the conversation, as ever, inevitably turned to golf.
When it comes to embarking on a golf holiday to explore some of the world’s finest links courses, there are few destinations that can offer the perfect blend of quality AND quantity in the manor of Ireland.
Now…while the term “links” is commonplace in the world of golf, it is often misused, at least according to golfing purists who consider there to be fewer than 250 “true links” courses on the planet; courses laid out on special patches of infertile, sandy soil from which the sea has retreated long ago, often framed by colossal dunes covered in native grasses, with little or no protection from the elements.
As golf’s oldest major, The Open holds a special place in the game, as do the courses that are currently on the Open Rota. The likes of St Andrews, Carnoustie and Royal Birkdale are among the best courses in the world but many are of the opinion that this year’s host, Muirfield, is the best of the bunch.