Sinead was the 2017 British Universities’ Strokeplay champion and has represented Ireland in the European Championships and at the World University Games. An alumna of the University of Stirling and Maynooth University, Ireland, she worked in golf operations at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida, before returning home to work at her home club, Lahinch, on Ireland’s west coast.
1 Favourite five
Rank your top five golf courses in Scotland with a one-word explanation of why each course has made it on your list:
1. Old Course, St. Andrews > History
2. Royal Troon > Challenging
3. Royal Dornoch > Design
4. Prestwick > Design
5. Gullane No2. > Personal (first cap)
2 Groundhog golf
If you could play just one Scottish course, over and over again, which course would you choose and why?
Old Course, St. Andrews
3 Hidden gems
Scotland is full of great courses that hardly anyone has ever heard of – what’s your favourite and what makes it special?
Ladybank – a challenging inland course that isn’t a links course.
4 Links lessons
What’s the single most important piece of advice you’d give to someone who was playing links golf for the first time?
Play the wind! And swing easy!
5 Off course
What’s the one off-course activity that any golfer coming to Scotland should experience?
A day trip to Edinburgh, or go and experience another sporting event, for example, a rugby game
6 This much I know …
What words of wisdom would you give to a student golfer visiting Scotland?
Try all the links shots required, for example, use a putter from off the green instead of a wedge, one club more and half swing. Share your experience and photos from the trip on social media.