Friday, July 30, 2010

Ireland's Best 18 Holes: Hole 3

[Photo: The Killeen course's 3rd hole at Killarney]

Now that the Irish Open 2010 is over, it seems fitting to introduce Ireland's best 3rd hole: the par three at Killarney's Killeen course.

I'm not sure how it played during the event, but it is one of the many holes that shows off the beauty of the course and County Kerry. It is nestled up against the lake with a stunning mountain backdrop of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks. You hit across the water to a narrow green, some 166 metres (white tees) away. For the pros it was 183 metres.

[Photo: Tralee's 3rd]

There's no doubt that the hole is made by the setting, and having to carry water is always a difficult affair. There were two other par threes in the running: Tralee with its rocks and sea, its turret behind the green and mountains in the distance is stunning, and vicious on a windy day; Skellig Bay's par three is almost rustic it is so enchantingly Irish - a river runs alongside and in front of the green, with stone walls running up the hills behind.

[Photo: Skellig Bay and the hillsides beyond]

One other 3rd hole deserves a mention: the par four at Concra Wood. A high tee promises a thrilling drive on a hole that doglegs right and almost out into Lake Muckno. Again there are wonderful views.

[Photo: Concra Wood and the right-hand dogleg out to the lake]

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