Bucket List Golf Trip: Ireland Part 3

We enjoyed a lazy morning after our long 36-hole day and began our trek North. We drove from Newcastle to Belfast and checked out where the Titanic was built. It was an amazing facility that really explained how Belfast was the ship building capital of the world and all about the making of the Titanic, her maiden voyage in 1912 and then discovering her over 3800 meters below the surface in 1985. Very educational, impressive and well done. After a quick bite to eat, no Clubhouse sandwich… we continued on up to Portrush to stay at Pier 39 with Adrian! Awesome location, right in the heart of Portrush and Adrian was wonderful. He knew all the places to go and was so helpful. Pier 39 was very modern and had every amenity you could think of. We loved having a refrigerator in our room! Our evening found us at the Ramore, checking out The Wine Bar and The Mermaid. Way too much fun eating, drinking and enjoying the beach! Good thing we could stumble home – only 100 yards to our B&B! We only walked 6,643 steps/2.87 miles today…

It was a kind of a rough morning, but we were off to Portstewart for our second to last round of golf. They are hosting the Irish Open next year and the greens were a little slow, but what a terrific layout! We had the best group of caddies yet. Just so fun to have people that enhance your experience on the golf course! Another tale of 2 nines, crazy high dunes on the front side and tricky links golf on the backside, just super fun… Went to Bushmills for the tour and tasting. Incredible that they have been making whiskey there for over 400 years!!! I now understand why some are soo0 expensive – it takes a while to make a really good one! We had to take Greg and Monica to the Ramore for another amazing dinner at The Mermaid, our last night together 😦  Definitely making plans for our next adventure together! We walked 19,067 steps/9.18 miles.

Final round of golf at Royal Portrush, crazy hard golf course that will be super fun to watch when they host The Open Championship in 2019! I putted from 37 yards away from the 15th green and ended up further away than when I started. Griff chipped from the same distance and almost sent it into the bunker! I am sure the PGA Tour boys will impress us on this track.  We enjoyed another Clubhouse sandwich and a couple pints of Guinness before we headed to The Giant’s Causeway. It was unbelievable to see something that was created 60,000 years ago… The story of Finn McCool, the giant that protected Ireland, is great and to see this piece of land on a gorgeous day is just stunning! This is a must place to visit and listen to the audio tour! Before our drive back to Dublin we enjoyed one last Honey Pie beverage at the Bushmills Inn with Monica and Greg.  We walked 19,701 steps/9.33 miles.