Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

The County Sligo Golf Club, Ireland

Aug 14th
2017

The course boasts one of the most scenic locations in Ireland perched on cliffs that tower over three expansive beaches overlooking the Atlantic. The panoramic mountain and ocean views are spectacular but they pale in comparison to the stunning scenery provided by Benbulben, an enormous limestone rock formation that the area is known for. But wait, there’s more…

Erin Hills, Ireland

Jul 31st
2017

Long before golf was played at Erin Hills, the 652 acres of pristine land was host to icy fingers and streams from the last glacier to cover south central Wisconsin. But wait, there’s more…

Athlone Golf Club, Ireland

Aug 8th
2016

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Athlone Golf Club was founded in 1892 making it one of the longest established clubs in the country. It is situated on the shores of Lough Ree in the centre of the country having magnificent views of the lake. The course is partially built on the ancient esker Riada that helps drain the course making it one of the best winter courses in the Midlands.

With so many good holes on the course it is difficult to choose the best. The first is daunting, an elevated tee overlooking a fairway lined on both sides by mature trees. It will take another good strike to hit the elevated green. The 2nd can be heart-breaking, only 160 yards but yet so testy.

The green falls away by some 20ft to the left, anything on this side leaves you contecnding with heavy rough, overhanging trees and a very awkward stance. The redesigned 5th is a tough, dogleg par-5 that now features a large water hazard to guard the green. The 6th is an a brand new par-3 and what a gem – all carry across water from tee to with no shelter from any breeze that might blow across the lake. Not for the faint hearted! But wait, there’s more…

Glasson Golf Club, Ireland

Aug 1st
2016

Glasson is a terrific golf course situated beautifully on the eastern shores of Lough Ree near the town of Athlone. Designed by Christy O’Connor Junior, the course is set over rolling terrain where natural water hazards are prominent on many holes while judicous bunkering and tree plantations provide interest on the others. Superbly maintained and presented, Glasson provides large undulating greens that test even the best of putters.

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The first nine holes overlook the huge expanse of Lough Ree, but it is a lake of smaller proportions that requires the golfers attention, especially at the 6th and 8th holes. The first hole provides a good indicator of the challenge to come, a straight drive to find the fairway avoiding the trees on the right and the fall-off to the left. The fairway then funnels towards the green, well bunkered and with little room for the mis-placed approach. But wait, thre’s more…

The Island Golf Club, Ireland

Jul 18th
2016

The Island Golf Club, founded in 1890, is a traditional private members’ golf club with a proud history of upholding the best traditions of amateur golf. Overlooked by the North County Dublin village of Malahide, the links is located in some of the most stunning dunes on the east coast of Ireland. The club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland and the third oldest in Dublin. The Island was ranked 13th in Golf Digest Ireland’s Top 100 Courses in 2016.

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The Island is a traditional links in splendid isolation surrounded by the Irish Sea, Donabate beach and the Broadmoor estuary. Undoubtedly one of the most underrated links courses in Ireland, The Island has been selected to host the Irish qualifying section of the British Open from 2005-2010.

Although there are several short par-4s, the Island always presents a challenge to find the fairway from the tee and then to find the target. A variety of shots are required and the wind will add to the difficulty. But wait, there’s more

St. Anne’s Golf Club, Ireland

Jul 11th
2016

St. Anne’s Golf Club is a highly impressive links course laid out on the northern half of Bull Island, Dublin’s principal ecological attraction. Although less well known than its near neighbour Royal Dublin, with which it shares the island, St Anne’s completed a major renovation in 2003 and can now be considered a first class links challenge in the traditional style.

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The beauty of St Anne’s lies in its complete naturalness. From the impressive clubhouse you can survey the equally impressive surroundings and the entire golf course as it flows through the low dunes interspersed with gorse thickets. Just outside the clubhouse are several palm trees.

The wind on Bull Island can come from any direction and will dictate the challenge presented. Downwind holes will require well judged running shots on these fast running fairways and greens. Playing into the wind is a major challenge for both club selection and shot execution and any ball missing a green will severely test your scrambling skills. But wait, there’s more…

Ardglass Golf Club, Ireland

Jul 4th
2016

Ardglass Golf Club is a short, tricky links that is well woth playing, if only for the thrilling cliff-top holes that characterise this small and wonderful golf club. Don’t bring a hook and decide whether to play Ardglass before or after Royal County Down.

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All 18 holes at Ardglass have a view of the Irish Sea. The first six provide a really good view – they all play with the coast ever present on the left hand side. The second is the first spectacular challenge, a par-3 of 167 yards across a deep creice cutting into the cliffs. All along the left hand side is slopes towards the cliffs. A picture postcard hole – the green is there, just try and imagine there is nothing else around it! But wait, there’s more…

Seapoint Golf Club, Ireland

Jun 20th
2016

Seapoint Golf Club is a magnificent golflinks designed by Irish professional Des Smyth. Located to the east of Drogheda on the Irish Sea coast near the wonderfully named Termonfeckin, Seapoint is a testing links challenge of noteworthy design.

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To the eastern end of the course a stream and its lakes complement the natural rolling dunes that separate the fairways throughout the course. At the western end, providing a thrilling climax to the round on the final three holes, the shoreline provides an OOB line to the right.

The course begins in the eastern section of the 260-acre site and features water hazards on 6 of the first nine holes. A stream guards the front of te first two greens, the first a par-4 that requires an accurate tee-shot and the 2nd a par-3 that has a deceiving, sloping green. But wait, there’s more…

Enniscrone Golf Club – Ireland

May 2nd
2016

Originally designed by the great Eddie Hackett, the Enniscrone Golf Club reputation as a top class venue has been embellished with the addition of six new holes threading a path through the mountainous dunes. The new holes, expertly designed by famous course architect Donald Steele, add an exciting dimension to the 27 hole layout. Adoption of the relinquished six holes, together with the development of three new holes on adjoining land, has provided the club with a further quality 9 hole course.

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The featured course, par 73, championship links course, often a venue for National and Golfing Union of Ireland’s top amateur events. Enniscrone Golf Links is now ranked at 60th (up from 82nd) in the top 100 courses in Britain and Ireland 2014 and repeatedly a top-20 links course in Golf Digest’s review of Irish golf courses. But wait, there’s more…

Waterville Golf Links, Ireland

Dec 28th
2015

Waterville’s links originated in 1889 with nine holes. Then called the Waterville Athletic Club, the course was operated by the Commercial Cable Company. Over the next 50 years, the membership fluctuated with the demand for cable communication. When the company folded in the 1950s, so too did the club.

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The links lay dormant until an Irish-born American, John A. Mulcahy, purchased the property in 1968 and set about resurrecting the course. Mulcahy hired Ireland’s foremost links architect, Eddie Hackett. Hackett was later joined in the endeavor by Mulcahy himself and none other than Mulcahy’s close friend, Claude Harmon, by then the head professional at Winged Foot Golf Club.

In 1987, Mulcahy sold the course to a group of Irish Americans. Shortly after, Waterville gained acceptance as one of Ireland’s best links courses, most notably, by touring pros. Among these were U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart and friends like Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Mark O’Meara and Tiger Woods. O’ Meara, Stewart and Woods – along with Stuart Appleby, David Duval and Lee Janzen – all became members of Waterville.  But wait, there’s more…