|Approach to the 5th at Cruit Island.|
One is a nine hole course that is mentioned in mystical tones, its remoteness putting it beyond the reach of many Irish golfers; the other is a sweet parkland, rarely mentioned by anyone.
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|Views over the 9th green and down the 7th at Cruit Island.|
If you play in the summer, when the Americans have arrived, you may find Cruit plays slowly... this is because the apex of the crest that drops to the 3rd green has become famous, thanks to Tom Coyne's 'A Course Called Ireland'. This is where the Americans pose for photographs, with the green below and the views across to Gweedore beyond.
Don’t expect the course to be fair to you – that’s not the way it works… but do expect to be thrilled by the doglegs, the rises and falls and the sheer exuberance of the place.
|The par three 3rd at Portarlington|
|The lethal par four 7th.|
|Portarlington's 16th. The par four drifts right.|
Whose former residence do you pass on the way to Cruit Island? (Comments will remain unpublished to ensure privacy.)
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