Masters of Pa­ter­nity

The World In­vi­ta­tional Father & Daugh­ter is now a ma­jor

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Family Day - – Bob Car­ney

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).

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