Friday 2 September 2016
02.09.2016 - 02.09.2016 18 °C
My goodness, I actually had a sleep last night. Had to be up at 6.30 to get ready for golf. It had stopped raining so that was a step in the right direction. Breakfast was good as usual. Ross had a warm up and was ready to hit off by 8.30. The surprise was that he was not in a group so we were pleased as we could get around a good deal faster that way.
The actual course was amazing. Everything has been done to fit with the environment. We actually saw a pheasant. The mum and the chicks ran back into the bushes. The course is a sanctuary for many types of birds so I got distracted a few times. Lots of slugs slide along the grass too. Oh yes and Ross hit some great balls. He actually did quite well. To me, it looked challenging. There are red markers that give the out of bounds on the cliffs – no ball retrieval in those areas. The twelfth hole was our favourite. It’s a dog’s leg around this magnificent cliff over the neck of the isthmus where the head is joined to the mainland. The caves below in the cliff face were fascinating. We believe the cliffs reach 300 feet at their highest point. During the four hours we were out, the skies turned from grey and overcast to brilliant blue. Back at the clubhouse we had a bite to eat and admired the beautiful sunshine outside. How could we have had the weather we had yesterday.
Back on the road, we headed for Cork. I didn’t realise that it was such a big city. We wanted to go to the Blarney Castle to kiss the stone so we wove our way through Cork and continued on to the country. The castle was easy to find but it cost €11 each even as a senior citizen. The castle was quite interesting. There is a guy who helps you bend back to kiss the stone. I wasn’t going to push it too much and there was no way I was putting my lips on a rock that is kissed by millions. Ross did well and he went right back. He assured me that he only touched it with his nose. We didn’t buy the photos as they were €10 each. The gardens were quite interesting. What did surprise us was Blarney House which was in the middle of the estate. It was very nice.
We had not booked anywhere for the night so the drive to find a B&B started. We settled on Killarney House. The village of Blarney is very pleasant. We went back down to it for dinner at the Muskerry Arms – very nice.