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Old Head Course

Old Head Course If, as I did, you drive out to the lighthouse beyond Old Head Golf course,  climb to the top and look back over the course , it appears neat, tidy in a chaotic frame.   From there you see Kinsale Head is a diamond  and that the cliffs  were used to create [...]

By | September 16th, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|0 Comments

Dooks Golf Course

Dooks My first impression was that its dimensions were immense. Walking out to the first tee, the dunes flowed around me carrying my eye to the sea beyond and the Dingle Peninsula. It is an expansive setting unalleviated by many trees and those that can be seen lean inland, permanently bent and misshapen by [...]

By | August 27th, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|0 Comments

Bantry Bay Course

Bantry Bay There are few obvious birdies on this course.  The first is a short par 3.  The second is on the edge of the sea.  For Ladies it is 364 yards to the flag.  It was at the back leaving little space between the hole, the gorse and the sea.  The green undulates [...]

By | August 20th, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|0 Comments

The Kenmare Course; marrying old and new!

    The course was originally 9 holes played across the hill on the lush meadow land beside the estuary, on ground leased for a penny a month from the Marquis of Lansdowne.  In 1993, the second 9 was opened, necessitating a golfer's traffic light to cross the road between the two parts. The first [...]

By | August 19th, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|2 Comments

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry Course The first hole invites a stonking long drive up a steep slope to an unseen flag.  The fairway begins after 100 yards or so of broken ground.  Thus from the first tee the strength and power required to play this course is advertised.  Or so it seemed and in response [...]

By | August 14th, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|0 Comments

Cork – what a delight!

Looking up the 1st Fairway, I was reminded of smart golf courses in California where industrial factories, skyscrapers and houses pop up between the trees.  Cork has that same feeling. It is on Little Island, a little distance from the Port of Cork.  Ireland’s industry encroaches on the course, as gasometers, chimneys, warehouse walls [...]

By | August 1st, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|0 Comments

Charleville Golf Course

So many trees, so many dog legs........ Stand on the Ist tee and look up hill to the flag and take in the extraordinary pattern of green.  There is the light green of a shorn fairway, dark long grass, and even longer lighter fronded grass and many more hues of the leaves on the [...]

By | July 29th, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|1 Comment

Castlemartyr

THE COURSE Stepping on to the first tee prepares you for a treat.  Ahead is a softly rising wide fairway with undulating curves, bordered by gorse, or furze bushes as the Irish called them, and mature trees on the skyline. It appears to be a straightforward uphill punt.  So when it reveals bunkers in hollows [...]

By | July 26th, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|2 Comments

New Ross

New Ross Celebrating 111 years of golf  New Ross celebrated its centenary in 2005.  It’s a course in two halves; the old and the new.   The club was created after  a group of businessmen from New Ross visited Scotland in 1904 and stumbled across several golf courses. They returned home unable to talk of [...]

By | June 24th, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|0 Comments

Dunmore East Golf Course

Playing the course The golf course begins rather prosaically with parallel fairways running up, down. Hit, walk, hit walk with not a lot to trap a ball until you reach the 6th when the ground drops away.  It is a dress rehearsal for the 14th after more tramline holes.  The fourteenth is fun, impressive; [...]

By | June 20th, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|0 Comments