Fergal and Patrick O’Leary on the third fairway.
On Monday this week we were privileged and proud hosts to Fergal O’Leary who became the youngest golfer to play the top 100 courses of the world at the tender age of 32.
In addition to this, he is a Top 100 panelist and has written numerous articles for golf publications and blogs.
I wrote an article for him prior to his arrival in a bid to explain to him what we are trying to achieve at DCC. After a successful day on the course, we as a Committee, were able to share with him our thoughts of where the course was, what its strengths and weaknesses were and what should be done going forward.
Without doubt he thinks we are on the right track and he loved the course and the tradition and history but he agrees with us that we need to expose the shapes more and that the removal of encroaching vegetation needs to continue. There are also far too many trees.
As published in the Times on their website; “Timeslive”:
‘O’Leary said the course exceeded his expectations.
“Definitely one of the top 100 courses in the world.
“To be so close to the city and the sea, and to have a piece of land like this. There’s a reason why people travel thousands of miles to come here.”
Patrick Compton of the Mercury quoted Fergal :
“A lot of people are excited about the first five holes, but there is so much in the middle to complement them. One of my favourite holes was the par 5 eighth, which has been cleared of many exposing a lot more of the natural mounds and undulations. I encourage the club to continue the clearing process as it will get rid of the claustrophobia on some of the holes.”
O’Leary a panelist on the Top 100 Committee said;
“will only go up in the rankings as far as I am concerned. I will encourage fellow panelists to come here and enjoy the course”
Lungani Zama, of the Daily News , a talented golfer in his own right interviewed Fergal;
“The par-five eighth hole may well be the best long hole I’ve ever played,”
“Just incredible,” he added of the hole that has been extended, to give a more dramatic tee shot, before an approach to a small, elevated green“.
That was high praise, indeed, considering that Augusta, Pebble Beach and Whistling Straits all feature on the ultimate, little black book for golfers.
Pat O’Leary, who walked the 18 holes alongside his son, has played, at least, 20 of the rounds with Fergal, and he added to his son’s praise by comparing DCC favourably to some of the world’s most iconic golf destinations.
“Some of these courses are too long, too difficult for me. But, this is some place. It’s a bit of paradise and you know, courses that aren’t a patch on this would charge you well over £100 a go in the UK”.