Heroin courier got into €837k drugs deal to ‘pay golf fees’

“A man who was caught up in an €837,000 heroin deal told gardaí he got involved to make money to pay his golf fees.”


Now that’s commitment to the game haha



According to the Independent.ie “Michael Smallhorn (57) was to get paid €200 to act as a courier, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

A search of a Citroen car parked on the lane around the corner recovered 5.9 kilos of heroin.

After his arrest Smallhorn told gardaí that he was paid by an unidentified man to leave the keys for the Citroen on the wheel.

The man told him to go and have a cup of tea and in the meantime someone was going to come to the car, pop the boot and take something from it. He was told he would be paid €200 for this but he never got this money.

He said he wanted the money to pay his golf fees. Judge Pauline Codd said: “I’m having difficulty assessing his motivation in getting involved”.” – Irish Independent

5 ways to get yourself ready for the summer golf season

It’s that time of the year again!

Although it doesn’t seem like it with that weather out there.


You’re already wondering where you left your summer golf clothes, your golf WhatsApp group has been set up and now you’re wondering what course to play next.

Whether you are visiting Ireland to play golf, or you just want to play somewhere different this summer. We have got some tips to help you get the most out of the summer golf season.

Get a Lesson 

Most people like to get out and play as often as possible, but in reality, you might not have played a lot during the winter. Now is a good time to get a lesson.

But be careful who you choose.

Plan Ahead 

Everyone knows that there is nothing worse than looking at pictures of a place and arriving to find its nothing like the photos that were taken in 1989 haha



Start by downloading the GolfBirdie app so you can browse some of the “Top golf courses” in Ireland and around the world. Watching a HD drone video to see if the course and facilities suit you.


Get the right equipment 

Although it may be summer it can be very risky not bringing your rain gear with you at any time of the year in Ireland. It might also be time to upgrade your clubs to the latest technology to keep up with the game.


Know the course before you play

When playing a new course it’s important to plan ahead and get to know the layout. Especially if there is money or pride on the line. View each hole the night before on the GolfBirdie App.  Each video has pro tips and local knowledge keeping you one step ahead of the competition.

So you don’t end up like this chap.

Get the best deal 

At the moment there are some amazing deals available all around Ireland.

For example, two green fees and a buggy €60 in Charlesland Golf Club, designed by Eddie Hacket. Click here to view offer. 

Also buying green fee vouchers is a great option because it doesn’t tie you down to a time and can be used all summer.


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Someone just shot +55 in US Open qualifying

Yes you read it right! 55 over par.

According to Lee McCoy, it was the guy playing in front of him.

127….. The only place for his clubs is in the bin.

He claims to play off 2.4. A bit like another bad golfer we all know.

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It gets better haha

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Watch: Euro Pro Tour Preview | Great Nationals Hotels Irish Masters

Take a look at the course the pros face in this week Euro Pro tour event. It’s a tough course, but it looks to be playing quite short for some of the big hitters.

The guys in Ballykisteen have put the tee’s as far back as they could possibly be to make the course as long as possible. It’s set up to be a great few days of golf with some amazingly talented golfers battling it out for top spot.

Ireland’s top contender is Gavin Moynihan,

“The Walker Cup star will lead the home challenge in the Great National Hotels Irish Masters at Ballykisteen from Tuesday.

A two-time Irish Amateur champion, Moynihan is back on his home turf after winning the opening EuroPro Tour event of the season at Close House.

That victory in the Lookers Championship a fortnight ago was his first as a pro and since the 2015 Irish Amateur at Royal Dublin.” The Sun.ie

Lets hope Gavin can do the business and get a step closer to the European Tour.

Hole 1 Ballykisteen

Watch the full 1-18 on the GolfBirdie App. Download it free today. Click here.


Fancy winning €60k? | Qualify For Ireland’s Premier Pro-Am.

The Heritage Golf Resort are running their annual €60k Pro-Am on the 3rd & 4th of June. Get the chance to play alongside the best Pro’s and Amateurs in the country. On the stunning Seve Ballesteros-designed Heritage Golf Resort.

Qualify For Ireland’s Premier Pro-Am.

Annual Pro-Am qualifier this Friday, May 5th with limited spaces remaining!
The winning team of three will receive entry into the €60,000 Heritage Challenge Pro-Am event this June 3rd & 4th.
Brought to you by our partners Just Golf and in association with Pigsback.com this two day event features three past European tour winners.

The winning team on Friday, May 5th will receive the following
*Entry for the two day event
*Two day’s golf with a top PGA pro
*Valuable goodie bags on arrival including a team shirt
*Complimentary use of the driving range on both days with thanks to the Eddie Doyle golf academy
*Breakfast reception Day 1
*Gala Dinner day 1
*Complimentary food and beverages every few holes *Complimentary hot food, ice creams etc after 9 holes *Complimentary food after 9 holes on day 2
*BBQ gala dinner on day 2
*Complimentary drinks, food and ice creams day 2
*Hole in one challenge days 1 & 2 to win a €30,000 car
*Over €5,000 in amateur prizes
CALL – 0578642321
ONLINE VIA – https://www.brsgolf.com/heritage/opens_home.php
ENTRY- €120 per team( prepayment guarantees entry )


Hidden Gem Of The Month | Charlesland Golf Club


Set in the shadow of the famous Wicklow Mountains, Charlesland Golf Club was designed by one of Ireland’s most celebrated and prolific course designers, Eddie Hackett, whose masterpieces include the legendary links courses Waterville, Connemara, Murvagh and Enniscrone.

Course Guide 

Charlesland has always been known as a challenging but fair test of golf, in a beautiful setting. Take a look at some of the feature holes below.

Hackett’s trademark was to keep his layouts sensitive to the natural terrain. He didn’t talk so much about designing golf holes as finding them, and he liked to say of his creations “it’s just as nature intended.”

Hackett’s courses tend to be long from the back tees, with clearly visible landing areas, large greens and spectacular elevated tees, and they have a maturity and grace. Such is the case with the par-72, 6,169-metre Charlesland course.

So why not test yourself from the back tees and see if you can come out on top. Charlesland

Charlesland have an amazing offer at the moment, Two green fees & a buggy for just €60. Buy the voucher now and use it anytime until August 2017.

Click here to buy now!

More info

While the front nine hugs the Irish Sea and is links-like, the back nine is beautiful parkland with several outstanding holes including the par-3 13th from a lofty elevated tee 229 metres down to the green – and at the back of the short 17th there are birdies of another kind with a family of swans in residence.

The 18th is typical of Hackett’s vision – a double dogleg and a massive 562 metres from the championship tees with a sting in the tail. The green is well guarded and you have to negotiate water on both sides of the fairway before you reach the haven of the welcoming clubhouse.