Golf tourism on rise in Ireland
The American love of golf has created a new form of Irish business
In the wake of the September 11 tragedy there were widespread fears that Americans would not travel in numbers this year. Tourist business in Ireland is certainly down, but golf, it seems, is impervious to everything. Golfers are war-proof, recession-proof and waterproof, suggests Paddy O'Looney. If Irish golf tourism remains a quality product offering value for money, he and others are confident that the future is bright.
The indications suggest the same. While I was speaking to Alan Reardon at Lahinch, the fax machine continued to hum behind us. It's no time for complacency but business is brisk. The last fax put in a reservation for a group of eight to tee off at 10 a.m. on August 8, 2003. A whole year in advance and eight adventurers already planning to spoil a good walk! Golfers are indeed a strange breed.