Irish Golf Quotes

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Herewith, some enjoyable Irish golf quotes, and comments about the game itself...

  • "The people who gave us golf and called it a game are the same people who gave us bagpipes and called it music."
    - source unknown

  • "A golf course is nothing but a poolroom moved outdoors."
    - Barry Fitzgerald, "Going My Way"

  • "I just dress up what the Good Lord provides."
    – Legendary Irish course designer Eddie Hackett

  • "You have a bit of craic and if sure the golf doesn't go good, well sure the town's bouncing afterwards anyway."
    - Ulster semi-pro golfer and writer Johnny Foster, speaking of playing a tournament at Lahinch

  • "(At Waterville) it's so peaceful you don't even care where the ball is going."
    - Chad Maulsby, "The Wandering Golfer"

  • "Ballybunion is the course on which many golf architects should live and play on before they build golf courses."
    - Tom Watson

  • The first stroke I ever played in Ireland was my drive on the opening hole at Lahinch more than 20 years ago. I urge you to follow my footsteps, for as the ball leaves the clubface to wing over this restless and hummocky and tumbling will know without being told that here is links golf - the reason you have crossed an ocean -in its purest and most joyous form.
    - James W. Finegan, "Emerald Fairways and Foam-Flecked Greens"

  • "If the ball was wrapped in bacon, Lassie couldn’t find it."
    - Irish caddie’s comment after a shot into tall rough

  • "I have a tip that can take 5 strokes off anyone's golf game. It's called an eraser."
    - Arnold Palmer

  • "Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today, it's called golf."
    - Irish saying

  • "The second shot (on the 12th at Tralee) is just as steeply uphill...mercifully, no other two-shotter in the world is even remotely akin to it."
    - James W. Finegan, "Emerald Fairways and Foam-Flecked Greens"

  • STRANGE IRISH GOLF FACT: One of the propellers of "The Lusitania," sunk off The Old Head of Kinsale in 1915, was melted down and turned into sets of golf clubs that sold for $900 each.

  • "The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing."
    - Phyllis Diller

  • "Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps."
    - Tiger Woods