|Views back to the Carne clubhouse and beyond|
In the last week or so, these excellent golfing freebies have made an appearance... ... and they are free team entries to two of Ireland's ever-popular Golfing Challenges. You have until 14 Feb to enter one of them but you need to get a move on for the other which ends this coming Friday (Jan 31).
- The first is the Dunmore East Golfing Classic and the prize is worth €1,600 (for an Irish team of four) or over Stg £2,000 (for a GB-based team of four).
- The second is for the Atlantic Coast Challenge and is worth €420 (for a team of three).
|The brilliant 3rd at Waterford Castle|
1. Dunmore East Classic
|The 11th green and views back to the tee at Waterford Golf Club.|
Dunmore East slips back and forth across fairly open, wind-rattling ground before descending to the signature cliff top holes. Here you’ll encounter a spectacular backdrop with the village and sea below, and shots that require real bravery.
Tramore is an easy-paced, rhythmic layout that roves through dense trees with lots of variety and shape to holes. Of all the courses it requires the most discipline as trees get a touch too close, but smart golf will reap great rewards.
|The ferry every golfer must take to reach Waterford Castle Golf Club|
Waterford Golf Club dates back to 1912, and there’s a classic parkland air about it. It is a short par 71 and its easy tree-lined rhythm is a pleasure to play. The back nine takes you slowly up the slopes to the highest point that is the 18th tee and all the views that offers.
Waterford Castle Golf Club sits on an island, with a four star hotel, and you catch a private ferry to reach it. The course never strays far from the River Suir, and yet there are good changes in elevation to emphasise the pretty setting. The course is not difficult but with big greens you’ll need your putting boots on.
|Niall bump and running on Enniscrone's 2nd green, the ocean beyond.|
2. Atlantic Coast Challenge
|The 1st hole of Carne's new Kilmore nine. A par five.|
Ignore the colour/condition - this was the first time the hole was being played
|The par four 12th at Enniscrone. One of the best and toughest holes anywhere|