THE Tullamore Dew golf tournament is 40 years old. It has always been sponsored by a drinks company and has been variously known as the Remy Martin and the Black Bush (as in Bushmills Whiskey) and is now sponsored by Tullamore Dew.
The format has never changed. Played over Castlerock, Portstewart, Royal Portrush (Valley course) and Ballycastle, the competitor plays four out of five days from Monday to Friday, starting the first Monday in June.
The Tullamore Dew is one of the oldest and best-supported amateur competitions in Europe. The entry fee for 2010 is £180 and this gives you four practice rounds and four competition rounds on the excellent links courses.
Even allowing for air fares and bed and breakfast accommodation, this is remarkable value.
Entry is limited to 900 and there are no domestic/international quotas. You are free to enter as an individual or as a team and every night brings various social activities, culminating in Friday night prize-giving.
The dates for 2010 are June 7 to 11 and info is available at www.causewaycoastgolf.com
The tournament is highly recommended and brings together golfers from all over the world and, whether you shoot 70 or 120, you will be in good company.