Enable Ireland Longest Drive Competition

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Rachel Thompson, Jack McFarlane, John McHenry and Grace McGrath pictured at the launch of Enable Ireland’s Longest Drive & Nearest the Pin competitions.  Picture: Ger McCarthy

Enable Ireland are asking Golfers to support their fundraising plans  and invite Golfers to donate €5, log their name and then, on a nominated hole, take a shot and mark where their drive lands.  Each Club is invited to send 4 representatives to Fota Island on the 7th of May (Male Nearest the Pin; Female Nearest the Pin; Male Longest Drive and Female Longest Drive). We are trying to raise funds for our new Children’s Centre in Curraheen on the grounds of the old ESB Club and would really appreciate the support of Cork Golfers.



Each of the four winners on the 7th May will win a trophy, an overnight stay in Fota Island, a session on Trackman 4 by O’Keeffe Golf Performance and one month’s platinum membership of Dennehy’s Health & Fitness.

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Long Read: O’Keeffe takes golf fitness to new level

O’Keeffe Golf Fitness has opened a new location and has added to the services available to golfers of all levels.


Peter O’Keeffe training with the help of Trackman 4 at Dennehy’s Blackpool. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Although he’s only just over 12 months into a new career, Peter O’Keeffe has carved out a brand new market for golf fitness.  And that market is growing rapidly, O’Keeffe now has two locations providing screenings and exercises based on the Titleist Performance Institute fitness programme.  O’Keeffe set up in Dennhey’s Douglas in mid-2015, and from a standing start with no clients, Peter saw the business grow rapidly which meant opening a dedicated golf section when Dennehy’s were planning to open a new gym in Blackpool.  With dedicated training areas for golf fitness clients in both Douglas and Blackpool, Mark O’Connell has also come on board to deal with the growing demand for golf specific fitness training.  When Peter started in Douglas he was using the existing infrastructure, the gym and a large room which was normally used for classes.  As Blackpool was a new fit –out, this gave him the opportunity to develop a customised gym and golf performance room.  The performance room has a driving bay, and with the help of state of the art Trackman technology, O’Keeffe can not only observe the movement but he can also track results.  Detailed notes and statistics can be kept on mobility, speed and flexibility as well as the results from the simulated shots in the driving bay.  The customised gym provides golfer with a dedicated area for golf specific training while there’s also access to the large gym.  “During the plans for our new gym in Blackpool we added a golf performance room in the plans” explained O’Keeffe.  “I always had the vision of a golfer coming for a physical assessment for golf but Continue reading

O’Keeffe Golf Performance Open Day at Dennehy’s Blackpool

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Peter O’Keeffe pictured with Barton Shield partner Karl Bornemann last weekend.

Peter O’Keeffe is holding an open day at Dennehy’s Health and Fitness Blackpool on Saturday.  Dennehy’s opened their third gym in early May and the new state of the art gym features a dedicated golf fitness area complete with the very latest tool in golf swing analysis.  Trackman 4 was launched at the start of the year and O’Keeffe Golf Performance was one of the first to invest in the new technology in Ireland.

O’Keeffe launched his golf fitness business in late 2015 in Dennehy’s Douglas, and he quickly build up a reputation for himself.  Using the renowned TPI screening in conjunction with his college qualifications in sports and excercise science, O’Keeffe has spent the last ten months working with amateurs and professionals, junior golfers and seniors.

The open day is a great opportunity to find out more about how golf specific fitness training can Continue reading

Youths (Boys and Girls) Pre-Season Training Day

 Boys and Girls Pre-Season Training Day
Kinsale Golf Club, Friday 25th March 9am – 3.30pm
Content Suitable for Single Figure Handicappers
Fee €100

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Ian Stafford PGA Advanced Professional

Ian Stafford JPEGIan has vast experience working with and developing skilled golfers having served as a Regional Coach for the ILGU for the past number of years and coaching the Irish Ladies and Girls teams at 2 European Championships.  Ian also is also the coach to the junior club in Kinsale Golf Club which has produced 3 boys Internationals in the past 18 months.  The topics Ian will be covering on the day are:

  • Tournament preparation, course mapping and game planning. Saving shots without changing your swing.
  • Skills testing, where you are now and where you need to be to compete and win.
  • Effective practice techniques, are you getting as much return from your practice as you should?

 Mark O Connell TPI Fitness Coach

Mark O'Connell TPI JPEGMark is both an accomplished golfer and rugby player and works as personal trainer and Titleist Performance Institute trainer at Dennehys Health and Fitness.

The topics Mark will be covering on the day are:

  • Importance of warm ups, injury prevention and golf specific drills
  • Nutrition and Hydration, the dos and don’ts and how it can affect performance
  • Workouts at Home, TPI foam rolling and stretching techniques

Numbers are limited to 8 participants (4 golfers per station) so book early

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