|Approach to the 1st green at Claremorris|
Here are 18 holes (in a standard par 72 format) that are definitely worth the detour (and the green fee). How many have you played?
|A roller coaster hole in Co Mayo, with the green on show beyond a couple of |
great dips. Even your best drive is going to get pulled left by the slopes.
Hole 2. Mitchelstown 4th, Par 4, 357 metres, Index 1
|A majestic par four, with the approach shot crossing the River |
Funshion and the green set in tall trees. Co Cork.
Hole 3. Bangor 5th Par 4, 455 yards, Index 1
|A terrifying par four that doglegs sharply right and crosses a couple |
of distracting hedgerows (like that in front of the tee). Co Down.
Hole 4. Greencastle 6th Par 3, 168 metres, Index 3
Hole 5. Kilkeel 6th Par 5, 487 yards, Index 8
A par five dogleg through old trees which throw everything into shadow on this Co Down stretch. The green sits high, cut into the slope, with more trees all around.
Hole 6. Ballycastle 6th Par 4, 310 yards, Index 15
Hole 7. Roundwood 6th Par 4, 324 yards, Index 10
A short hole on the edge of the course above the wild Wicklow Mountain countryside. It's a great view of the hole from the tee.
Hole 8. Leinster Hills 7th Par 4, 362 yards, Index 1
|The view of the green is high and right, making this a |
tempting dogleg, and a tough drive outside Carlow town.
Hole 9. Oughterard 8th Par 5, 444 metres, Index 12
|A par five and almost a double dogleg, first left, then slightly |
right between trees and old stone walls. Co Galway
Hole 10. Castlecomer 8th Par 4, 338 metres, Index 15
|From a great height, this Co Kilkenny par four is all on show. |
The hole doglegs left, but this is all about the drive.
Hole 11. Mannan Castle 8th Par 4, 381 yards, Index 3
|A hole that hits down into the swirling drumlins of Co Monaghan. |
Getting down to the bottom is no easy feat either.
Hole 12. Cloverhill 9th Par 3, 107 yards, Index 16
|The kind of hole that comes right out of the blue and brings |
an instant smile to your face. You tee off for the 10th hole right
alongside. Co Armagh.
Hole 13. Rossmore 9th Par 5, 440 metres, Index 18
Hole 14. Dunfanaghy 10th Par 4, 284 metres, Index 16
|A par four over a Donegal beach, with a trench of bunkers waiting for the|
Hole 15. Killin Park 12th Par 5, 465 yards, Index 10
|A country parkland in Co Louth that is basic but really rather magical. |
This par five sums it up, with a heavy swell to the fairway and a
deep wood all along the left.
|With Kerry's massive reputation, a course like Castleisland gets forgotten |
about, but this wild course has plenty of charm. The
12th is a tough target to hit with no bail-out... anywhere.
Not often a par three gets an Index 1 rating, but not many par threes ask you to hit a tee shot of 219 yards (Middle tees, I might add), all across water. Cork is having the last laugh!