Hole by Hole
Trees left and right dictate a straight tee shot. Three formidable fairway bunkers threaten the longer hitter. The uphill second shot is played to a large, well protected and undulating green which offers a variety of pin placements.
|Blue||373 yds||Par 4||Index 9|
|White||368 yds||Par 4||Index 9|
|Green||362 yds||Par 4||Index 9|
|Red||357 yds||Par 5||Index 17|
The drive must carry gorse and hawthorn to a sloping fairway with an out-of-bounds on the right and gorse and trees on the left. Strategically placed fairway bunkers protect the green which is long and well bunkered. A birdie opportunity for the low handicapper.
|Blue||507 yds||Par 5||Index 15|
|White||484 yds||Par 5||Index 15|
|Green||466 yds||Par 5||Index 15|
|Red||442 yds||Par 5||Index 7|
At this distance obviously a birdie opportunity but the drive must avoid trees on the left and an out-of-bounds on the right. The long, fast-sloping green is tightly bunkered necessitating a finely judged second shot. Pin placements dictate the difficulty of the putt.
|Blue||312 yds||Par 4||Index 17|
|White||289 yds||Par 4||Index 17|
|Green||277 yds||Par 4||Index 17|
|Red||264 yds||Par 4||Index 11|
The course now bares its teeth. A brave tee shot over Lough Mahon to the right-hand side of the fairway is rewarded with the best line for the second shot to the elevated undulating green. Those choosing the safer left line off the tee face a demanding second shot to a green guarded on the left by both fairway and greenside bunkers. This is one of the best holes on the course, fully meriting its one index, and considered by many to be one of the best par fours in Irish golf.
|Blue||449 yds||Par 4||Index 1|
|White||440 yds||Par 4||Index 1|
|Green||420 yds||Par 4||Index 1|
|Red||349 yds||Par 4||Index 5|
A long straight drive is essential as there is trouble both in front and on each side. A miscalculation on the line can lead to a lost ball. The fairway undulates and is bounded on the right by the river estuary to a green bounded by water making for a formidable approach shot. The longest hole on the course and a classic par five.
|Blue||578 yds||Par 5||Index 5|
|White||552 yds||Par 5||Index 5|
|Green||510 yds||Par 5||Index 5|
|Red||518 yds||Par 5||Index 1|
A feature hole where the blind drive should be placed to the right of a prominent limestone promontory known locally as ‘Spion Kop’. Accuracy off the tee is essential as a misdirected drive can easily find the gorse and hawthorn on either side. A fiendishly difficult second is required to the narrow, double-plateau green with sharp falls off on both sides. Any timidity invariably leads to a missed green and a difficult chip. This is the only hole on the course without bunkers. It doesn’t need them!
|Blue||330 yds||Par 4||Index 13|
|White||312 yds||Par 4||Index 13|
|Green||284 yds||Par 4||Index 13|
|Red||241 yds||Par 4||Index 13|
This, the first par three, is usually played into the prevailing south-westerly wind. The green is large with a severe slope in front, bunkers on the left and a deep valley on the right. Anything short leads to a testing chip up the slope with the possibility of a re-play from the same spot. Pin positions can be challenging on the severely sloped green. A typical Alister MacKenzie par three.
|Blue||215 yds||Par 3||Index 7|
|White||175 yds||Par 3||Index 7|
|Green||170 yds||Par 3||Index 7|
|Red||164 yds||Par 3||Index 9|
A left to right dog-leg. The drive is from an elevated tee to the fairway located twenty five feet below. The best line hugs the left-hand side, risking gorse and fairway bunkers. A long second is required to a large two-tier green located in front of a dramatic rock face. One of only two greens on the course not protected by greenside bunkers.
|Blue||433 yds||Par 4||Index 3|
|White||428 yds||Par 4||Index 3|
|Green||410 yds||Par 4||Index 3|
|Red||372 yds||Par 4||Index 3|
In addition to bunkers the green is protected by a deep valley on the left, a quarry on the right and a slope with trees behind. Anything pushed right is almost invariably lost. The green has a number of levels so pin placement determines the difficulty of the putt.
|Blue||197 yds||Par 3||Index 11|
|White||174 yds||Par 3||Index 11|
|Green||159 yds||Par 3||Index 11|
|Red||149 yds||Par 3||Index 15|
The drive is over a quarry with gorse protecting the left rough. The second shot is long and demanding, especially when played into the prevailing wind. The green slopes from back to front and is well protected with bunkers in front and on the right. Another classic MacKenzie design.
|Blue||422 yds||Par 4||Index 2|
|White||404 yds||Par 4||Index 2|
|Green||383 yds||Par 4||Index 2|
|Red||345 yds||Par 4||Index 2|
It is essential that the drive avoids strategically placed bunkers on the left of the fairway. A deep quarry runs dramatically close to both the right hand side of the fairway and the green, which slopes from back to front. A risk-reward hole offering a birdie opportunity for the brave. On the left of the fairway, a beautiful Spanish chestnut marks where Seve Ballesteros’s tee shot finished during his exhibition in 1983.
|Blue||498 yds||Par 5||Index 18|
|White||489 yds||Par 5||Index 18|
|Green||485 yds||Par 5||Index 18|
|Red||469 yds||Par 5||Index 4|
A short dog-leg right played from an elevated tee. Long hitters, who can carry the trees hugging the right-hand side of the fairway, are rewarded with a short iron for their second shot to the large elevated green which, being on two levels, allows challenging pin placements.
|Blue||328 yds||Par 4||Index 12|
|White||322 yds||Par 4||Index 12|
|Green||312 yds||Par 4||Index 12|
|Red||298 yds||Par 4||Index 10|
The tee shot is played over a deep quarry and through a narrow gap in trees to the smallest putting surface on the course, which is tightly bunkered in front. Although the shortest of the par threes it is deceptively difficult, often ruining a promising score.
|Blue||171 yds||Par 3||Index 14|
|White||163 yds||Par 3||Index 14|
|Green||151 yds||Par 3||Index 14|
|Red||114 yds||Par 3||Index 18|
The drive must avoid trees left and right and for the longer hitter, a bunker on the left. The second shot has to clear a strategically placed fairway bunker and avoid greenside bunkers both left and right. Anything over-hit is out-of bounds. The green is large and slopes both front to back and right to left presenting subtle, difficult-to-read breaks.
|Blue||434 yds||Par 4||Index 10|
|White||416 yds||Par 4||Index 10|
|Green||407 yds||Par 4||Index 10|
|Red||345 yds||Par 4||Index 12|
The drive is from an elevated tee to a tree-lined fairway. Four formidable fairway bunkers should be avoided at all costs. The large green is protected by a front bunker and a valley on the right which acts as a magnet for a misplaced second shot, leading to an awkward chip.
|Blue||412 yds||Par 4||Index 6|
|White||406 yds||Par 4||Index 6|
|Green||388 yds||Par 4||Index 6|
|Red||392 yds||Par 5||Index 16|
A short hole underrated at one’s peril. Accuracy off the tee is essential with thick gorse and hawthorn running along the fairway on the right and trees on the left. A challenging uphill approach is required to the elevated, lateral green.
|Blue||338 yds||Par 4||Index 16|
|White||322 yds||Par 4||Index 16|
|Green||300 yds||Par 4||Index 16|
|Red||265 yds||Par 4||Index 6|
The drive, played over a gorse wasteland, is one of the most challenging on the course, where many a good round has foundered. An out-of-bounds runs along the left and two bunkers guard the right of the severely sloping fairway. Anything pushed right results in a difficult second from a sloping lie with mature trees to carry. The green is well protected by bunkers and subtle slopes demand a delicate putting touch.
|Blue||396 yds||Par 4||Index 8|
|White||384 yds||Par 4||Index 8|
|Green||359 yds||Par 4||Index 8|
|Red||305 yds||Par 5||Index 8|
A dog-left right where the drive must avoid two fairway bunkers and a copse of trees on the right. On the left mature trees guard an out-of-bound road that runs all the way to the green. A bunker protects the front of the large green and an over-hit second may well finish out-of bounds. A demanding finishing hole.
|Blue||420 yds||Par 4||Index 4|
|White||405 yds||Par 4||Index 4|
|Green||396 yds||Par 4||Index 4|
|Red||304 yds||Par 5||Index 14|