Pat Ruddy

Inking the fairways - new golf books by Irish writers

The par-five 13th at The European Club. Picture courtesy of Pat Ruddy.April 23rd is World Book Day (Shakespeare and Cervantes died on that date) and what better way to mark it than by acquiring some entertaining volumes by a couple of Irishmen with golf in their hearts and ink in their blood, Pat Ruddy and Ivan Morris.

Win €1,000 cash for a hole-in-one at The European Club

Ace the 6th at the European Club in January, February or March and you could win €1,000 in cash.If a round of golf at €60 seems steep, remember you are being offered the chance to play The European Club and win €1,000 in cash if you manage a hole-in-one at the sixth.

Ballyliffin begins major upgrade to Glashedy bunkers

Pat Ruddy may not be hosting the 2010 Irish PGA at the European Club but the renowned course designer has not been sitting idle in Co Wicklow.

The news from Donegal is that Ruddy has been called in to advise Ballyliffin on upgrading and renovating the bunkering on Glashedy Links to make sure that the course remains one of the world’s most admired and valid tests of championship golf.

Irish PGA leaves The European Club

The Irish PGA is looking for a new home following a decision by The European Club not to host the event next season.

And that means more headaches for PGA Irish Region secretary Michael McCumiskey, who has struggled to find sponsorship since long time backers Smurfit pulled the plug in 2003.

Pat Ruddy, the designer and President of The European Club, has decided to take a break after hosting the famous championship for the past three years.

Harrington's Open training ground - The European Club

The European Club will probably go down as the world's last great links course - a design as unique and interesting as its creator and owner, Pat Ruddy.

Step right down! The par-3 14th has a deep bunker guarding the front right corner.As on the eve of the Irish PGA Championship, where Padraig Harrington is hoping to win the title for the third year in a row before attempting the triple-double by bagging a hat-trick of Claret Jugs at Turnberry, the man who shaped the links took time out of talk about his efforts to help Ireland's most successful golfer take another step towards sporting immortality.

Do you go out of your way to set this up like Turnberry or the Open venue? Yes!

Unashamedly so? Positively so! There are two purposes. We are hosting the national championship, which is a great honour. And then the excitement, the fun and the challenge of perhaps helping minutely a great golfer get ready for a great event next week. It’s only logical … when people are to run at altitude they go high up to prepare. So this is a version of the same thing – to acclimatise a man, to get him ready.