The Republic of Ireland is justifiably famous for a number of things – the people, the scenery and the sights. It’s also one of the world’s leading destinations for golf. A golfing trip to the Emerald Isle will not only convince you of Ireland’s golf pedigree, it will also challenge any perceptions you had about the quality of the great game in Ireland.Read more
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Does this Eddie Hackett golf course have it all? From dead bodies to ancient food storage. From ocean side golf holes to mountains views and Forests, check this out. The par 3,5th is their signature hole, called Valley of Tears. I wonder how it earned that name! It may be the lack of fairway, target golf is very much in order for this hole! That said the green is quite large but come up short and there is a deep bunker to catch you out. Statistically this is also the hole that has highest number of hole in ones on the course, so a mixed bag for sure. Hole number 8 has been voted the best Par 5 on the West Coast of Europe. The original design has had some tweaks from Pat Ruddy who is still engaged to offer advise as needed. Ruddy has lengthened holes and done some remodelling on others. No such story in Ireland would be complete without fairies or leprechauns usually whilst enjoying a pint of the black stuff. Darren Clarke,2011 Open Championship winner and member, states that Donegal is ‘one of my favourite courses in the World’ And who am I to argue! .
The 18 hole course is called the Dunes measuring 5723 to 7029 yards. Labelled as a dune land course, its look is more akin to the moons surface. With huge dips and hollows being dominated and overshadowed by the dunes, some of the highest in Western Europe. The whole course was in such amazing condition. Tee boxes were like islands of vibrant green amidst the long swaying grass. A dot to dot of tee boxes heading in the direction of the fairway and putting surface in the distance. Whilst the dunes have been noted as some of the highest, the dips added to the drama and depth of the dunes too. Most likely remnants of the ice age, those swells must have been deep icy ponds before receding to create the natural crators of today. Playing Enniscrone was a delight, and yes I did enjoy the Irish hospitality at the 19th too! .
There is something quite familiar about Galway Bay, and until recently I couldn’t quite put my finger on why. Then it came to me! Read how: http://golfgurugroup. blogspot. com or https://golfgurugroup. com under the Travelling Lady Golfer tab. Arriving at Galway Bay, I genuinely had no idea what I might expect, I don’t always like to research where I’m going so it doesn’t cloud my personal judgement or generate any preconceptions. So I didn’t know if this course was a links, parkland or heathland. I was playing some of the courses along the Wild Atlantic Way with a few other journalists when we stopped at Galway Bay. A warm welcome was upon us in no time in a bustling modern clubhouse having a quick warm up before playing. When I say warm up, I mean drink in huge coffee cups, not on the driving range! The 12th, a great hole playing quite differently from the forward and back tees. 384/469 yards SI 14/1 and a par 5 forward, par 4 back tees. It is a hole to bat cleverly and play for position. A dog leg right as it drops down the hill to the green with the Atlantic in front of you as you take on the water to the green. This hole is often featured amongst the top 18 holes in Irish golf. With views to the Burren, Co Clare; one of six nations parks in Ireland, the Aran Islands, Connemara and Galway City. .
A great parkland course, who’s relative newness doesn’t detract from it being a fantastic play and location just an hour and a half from Dublin. This beautiful Irish country Estate extends to approx 500 acres with the River Nore shaping its very existence as it dissects the 180-acre golf course. Completed just 30 years ago in 1991 Jack Nicklaus was called in to give it his signature treatment. Mount Juliet is fun to play, it’s takes in the established estate and works with the mass of water to bring that in play too. Measuring 7,000 yards it has been built to stage championship golf. The Irish Open was meant to be played here last year but wasn’t due to Covid. It is a number of years since I played Mount Juliet. I often wonder about changes that might have to happen to improve the course and whether those changes actually have improved it. It seemed pretty special to me when I played there! But what of its name? Several changes in name for the estate have included Waltons Grove and Kendals Grove, depending on who owed the Estate at that time. But as we all enjoy a good love story, it was the Earl of Carrick who named it Mount Juliet after his wife, Lady Julianna Butler, aka Juliet.
Irelands home of golf since 1893 with the original links designed by Old Tom Morris and revisions from Harry Vardon and Harry Colt. The later addition of another golf course, Sandy Hills, in 2003 was designed by Pat Ruddy. With some softening of the design being done by Beau Welling. Marked differences in the two designs of the two complementary courses are Old Tom routed his course around the dunes, whereas Pat Ruddy went straight through them, presumably where the name Sandy Hills comes from? Built to lend a test to any golfer Clever tricks of the eye are often in play as the course looks narrow from the tee yet, the landing points carved out of the dunes are surprisingly achievable. With Marram grass lining the fairways keeping the ball in play, is essential for a round of golf you can hang your head high at the 19th. Some of the greens have been cut into the dunes or on elevated plateaus for added interest and testing of ones golf nerve. Tightly mowed fairways and slick greens and some elevated tees. This course has been built to expand to its maximum length of 7255 yards. But of course, you don’t have to play the back tees! Just elect to play from the tees that work best for you to enjoy this new style links course. Most of the holes run North to South, along the dune ridges and in parallel to the front nine of Old Tom Morris Links. Creating a sense of seclusion with the Muckiest Mountain as the backdrop. I recall playing down the fairway, just going about my business hitting the ball. I looked up and saw the view of the beach and bay spread out in front of me. It was a breathtaking moment to stop, reflect and enjoy, before being rudely dragged back to tackling that little white ball again! .
Founded in 1890, The Island GC is one of the first twelve golf clubs in Ireland, and is the third oldest in Dublin, predating Portmarnock by four years. Despite its name, The island is not on an island but on a spur of land with the sea on three sides. For the first 100 years of the club's life, even up until 1973, access to the golf course was via boat, across the estuary from Malahide. In the early days, golfers would be dropped off for their round of golf. A large red and white disc hanging on the side of the clubhouse was the signal to the boatsmen to collect the golfers for their return. If the weather became inclement the only way back was around the inlet. Whilst today this poses no problem, back then it was a long and arduous journey. In fact, The Island is now only 15 minutes from Dublin Airport by road today. Described as the definition of Links golf, The Island is one of the finest links courses with Fred Hawtree, Eddie Hackett and more recently Martin Hawtree having stakes in its evolving design. As the course is naturally nestled between some of the highest sand dunes in golf which is a test in itself for golfers. The introduction of the new front nine (completed 2020), leaves me wanting to go back and play The Island again …. and again. I loved playing on the greens at The Island, thinking how smooth (and fast) they were, they are a pleasure to play on. Who would have thought that in 1887 four men and a boat could have had the foresight to build a golf course on this beautiful peninsular. A true traditional members golf club with nice friendly people to greet you. .
I was a member here for a few years. A fantastic course only bettered in my opinion for a first-time visit by Waterville. Greta variety, big sweeping dunes but a few nice long wide 'breather holes' mixed in with amazing dunes narrow tricky holes. Nearly always great greens and the scenery is to die for-make sure you travel to the top tee on the 12th hole.
A little underwhelmed as the reviews called it a hidden gem. Very straight up and down course, no great layout or design challenges. Very busy on the course. Not the best value in the area.
Geweldige golfbaan, nog nooit eerder op een baan gestaan van deze kwaliteit. Top, dit is in heel Nederland niet te vinden.