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 anything but this weird game played with crooked sticks and a little round ball.
In 1905 after much debate and fund raising the course was established as a 9 hole in the grounds of Castle Annaghs. It was officially opened in May 1906. Today on a different site it has 18 holes and is a par 70. The clubhouse is large and comfortable with panoramic windows in the bar. I liked sitting looking out over the course and being able to watch players in the long distances. It is a very green, parkland course with softly sloping hills, established trees and mature pines. It was looking very good all spruced up for the upcoming Pro Am.
The new 9 holes of the course are lovely but not much of a challenge. Moving on to the old 9 was significantly different. The ground was more shaped by short hills and there were larger established trees. It offered a little more to make me think and I liked the 11th with a drop shot onto the green far below. There were long avenues between trees and unexpected bunkers.
There were a couple of doglegs well hazarded by trees and bunkers appearing slap bang in the middle of the fairway. Fun!
- Par: 70
- Length: 5,568 m Ladies 5,194 m
- Address: New Ross Golf Club, Tinnerannny, New Ross Co Wexford
- Telephone: 353051421433
- Website: www.newrossgolfclub.ie
Fun Factor: Very Pleasant!