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Heading north to the "Royals" - Royal County Down and Royal Portrush


Peter McCormick

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Wednesday night after golf at the Island Club, the group (minus the Maestro, who as a non-golfer had made his obligatory donation to the future solvency of Guinness & Co., headed home) boarded the bus to travel to Dundalk and the Ballysmascanlon Hotel as the new home base for excursions to Royal County Down on Thursday and Royal Portrush on Friday. 

 
After another full Irish breakfast Thursday morning, the group boarded the bus for the short drive into Northern Ireland to Royal County Down. The group received a special dedication on Dundalk FM radio from Paddy Mac - a mainstay on the local radio. The warm up song was I'm Alright by Kenny Loggins - AKA the theme song from Caddyshack. Another great day of weather was in store and everyone had fun playing this Top Ten (in the World) course. Course Manager Eamonn Crawford visited with the group before teeing off. 
 
Royal County Down hosted this years Irish Open - a European PGA Tour event. Tee times are spaced 12 minutes apart rather than the usual ten minutes to allow for the extra photos that are taken and the special approach to the course.
 
Some photos from the day:
 
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The non-golfers took a coastal tour and had several interesting stops along the way.
 
From Royal County Down the group went to Garvey's restaurant and bar - just outside of Dundalk for the Syngenta-sponsored dinner, complete with a menu customized for our group.
 
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The evenings entertainment featured the traditional Irish band Connla from Northern Ireland. Syngenta presented members of the tour with a copy of the band's new EP. 

 

 

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Jon Kiger with the members of Connla.

 

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Scott Schukraft ® gets his copy of the new Connla EP signed.

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