If I’m ever accused of riding John Garrity’s coattails or cribbing from his links insights, I would be happy to be mentioned in such company. Garrity is one of the golf writers who, in my unsolicited opinion, really gets it when it comes to golf courses. He ranks Carne and Askernish as tied-first atop his list of the best tracks in the world (remote Irish and Scottish links respectively), and I cannot echo these sentiments loudly enough. Both top of the pops for me, too.
(For the record, I gushed over Carne before I knew John had written a wonderful book about the place–Ancestral Links–and I didn’t know Askernish was his world T1 course until after I had visited it this summer and decided to make it a central setting of my upcoming book, A Course Called the Kingdom).
We are two traveling golfers of a like mind when it comes to Carne, and this video essay of his sums up my own feelings about the place, and explains why Carne in Belmullet will be the centerpiece of the upcoming Coyne Cup. I hope this new video sends you to this far-flung corner of my ancestors’ home county of Mayo, and perhaps inspires you to come visit as part of Team Coyne or Team Paddy the Caddy this September.