Trinity Golf featured on WHP 580’s “Let’s Talk Travel with AAA” with Sandy Fenton
February 1, 2016
Trinity Golf CEO John O’Connell recently met with Sandy Fenton of WHP 580’s “Let’s Talk Travel with AAA.” They discussed the Trinity Irish Pro-Am in September, Trinity’s luxury golf trip to Nova Scotia in June, among other things, during their radio interview.
Below are a few highlights. For the full interview, click the video player above to listen to the discussion.
On going to Ireland
Sandy: So would you go to Ireland with your family like we all went to Ocean City, Stone Harbor, Avalon? You were going to Ireland?
Sandy: OK, well I love that.
John: Well, I think, and this is an important thing to note about trips to Ireland, and you know this well having been there.
If I said to a group of my buddies, “Let’s go to San Francisco, and we’re going to go for a long weekend, and we’re going to ride to go play Pebble Beach.” All of my buddies would say “Yes, let’s go to San Francisco.”
If I said, “Let’s go to Old Head” in Kinsale, Ireland, people look at you and say, “Ehh, I don’t know if I can go all the way to Ireland.”
My last flight to San Francisco was 6 hours. My last flight to Shannon, Ireland, was 5 hours and 45 minutes. It’s the same trip.
But I think, mentally, it takes a little bit for people to get over the fact they’re going, you know, across the pond. And it seems farther away.
On the value Trinity Golf offers
Sandy: Would you say that if you got a group together and you went through Trinity Golf, that it would be a better value to you with much more to do, much more to see than it would be if you did it all on your own?
John: Yes. Yes, we have experts that this is all they do, all day long. They put together these trips. We’ve worked out relationships with hotels and golf courses and coach companies.
And, literally, we’ve done all of the legwork for you. All you really have to do is tell us where you want to go, and we’ll put the package together for you.
So, we will save you time. We will save you money.
And, really, at the end of the day, Ireland is about the people, the towns, the villages, the pub life.
On John’s Irish favorites
Sandy: What are your favorite golf courses in Ireland? If you could only pick three?
John: Old Head, Old Head and Old Head (laughs). No, Ballybunion is magnificent. And Doonbeg. Probably Old Head, Ballybunion and Doonbeg.
Sandy: What are your top three must-do experiences for a first-time visit in Ireland?
John: Cliffs of Moher, Ashford Castle and go to either the Guinness or Jameson factory. … I would say if there’s a fourth thing to do, go into a little town, Kinsale, Dingle, wherever, it doesn’t really matter. Go into a little town, walk into a pub and talk to the guy sitting at the bar. That’s your best experience in Ireland.