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 the prevailing winds. In reality Dooks is far less overwhelming than that initial impression suggests.
What is so clever about Dooks is that the course follows the natural flow of the land and takes full advantage of any possible hazard on the way to greens which are raised and artificially shaped to cause the most grief to the player.
It is spectacular visually and testing through a combination of long holes doglegging around the dunes and short lethal par 3’s. The fairways were in superb condition. The rough was extreme; gorse, bracken, heather and rocks tumbled and jumbled together. Shoot straight and it’s a pleasant walk around, get in a rough anywhere and forget your ball unless you have a cunning tracker device. I was sad to lose the Dooks marked ball that Kay Woods gave me and cursed myself for using it.
It is daunting standing on some of the tees, surveying the rough before the fairway starts, spotting the clumps of gorse or stoney ground to left or right and the deep pot bunkers defending the green. There is no forgiveness for a loose shot.
There isn’t an easy green. Some are raised, others are pimples, the problem with the 18th is reaching it through hillocks. well defended by bunkers. There is something sneaky about that final experience. On some courses the 18th is the gallery shot, on others like Killarney after that testing approach, it is a welcome relief but not at Dooks; here is the final big ask, shoot straight and I’m easy; otherwise your card is in danger.
- Length:6,327 Ladies 5,379
- Address:Dooks Golf Course, Glebeigh, Co Kerry
- Telephone: 00353 (0) 66 976 8205
- Website: www.Dooks.com