Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

Can Gareth pull off the impossible shot? You'll have to see for yourself

Gareth Maybin attempts the impossible shot at Dunluce Castle, County Antrim

Ulster golf fans will have the opportunity to witness the "impossible shot" attempted by European Tour professional Gareth Maybin, from Ballyclare, as part of a Northern Ireland Tourist Board social media campaign.

A trickshot video has been created by NITB which shows Maybin hitting a golf ball from a pontoon in the sea off the Causeway Coast onto a green in Dunluce Castle.

One of the hardest shots of his life, viewers can watch Maybin's journey along the Causeway Coast ahead of the shot.

NITB is encouraging people to play an online game in which users can try the impossible shot to be in with a chance to win a four ball with Maybin. There will also be a daily prize draw to win golf merchandise.

"With the dramatic backdrop of Dunluce Castle the video showcases Gareth's talent and Northern Ireland's beautiful landscape," said NITB's Social and Digital Marketing Manager Kathryn Pyper.

"Northern Ireland has always been a great place to play golf and enthusiasts of all levels have come from all over the world to play our courses.

"Gareth demonstrated his golfing prowess on the stunning Causeway Coast and with our new game you can virtually follow in his footsteps and then have the chance to experience a real life game with this top European Tour professional," she added.

NITB is encouraging everyone to explore golf courses with the recent launch of the guide 'Northern Ireland Made for Golf' which has been distributed to tourist information centres, golf clubs and hotels across the country.

The guide provides a list and map of over 90 diverse courses in every county, including Royal Portrush which hosted the 2012 Irish Open.

Northern Ireland golf is on an all-time high, with two-time Major winner Rory McIlroy battling with Tiger Woods for the world number one spot, while Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell are also recent Major winners.

For further information visit discovernorthernireland.com

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