Masters of Paternity
The World Invitational Father & Daughter is now a major
There are three steps to a perfect father-daughter golf experience: One, when she’s 7, you abandon your dream of her LPGA career. Two, when she’s 10, you accept three holes and a cart ride as a complete round of golf. Three, when she’s a teenager, you invite her to travel to Ireland to play in the World Invitational Father & Daughter Tournament. Which is when all the toys fall from the tree. In the universe of family golf, the 26-year-old World Invitational Father & Son is a major. Its eight-year-old sister, also a betterball Stableford competition, is close to also being perpetually oversubscribed. It’s an opportunity, as one dad puts it, “for a daughter to see her father in his native habitat” and for a daughter to come to love the game he lives for. The package includes three days of golf, accommodation, a gala dinner and hours of “singsongs” at the local watering hole. When Irishman Marty Carr launched the Father & Son to honour his Hall of Fame father, Joe, and to promote the family travel business, celebrities, cricketers and snooker players made it an early success. A spectacular venue, Waterville Golf Links – and a commitment to genuinely Irish good times – helped. The Father & Daughter has been contested at world-class sites like Doonbeg Golf Club and Old Head Golf Links, and Waterville will host in 2016 (July 25-27).