|View of the 11th green at Corballis|
The following 20 courses (listed alphabetically) have excellent conditioning, or are beautifully located or are packed with thrills… or are all three.
1. Bangor Golf Club – A heavily tree-lined parkland on the outskirts of town. A hill at the centre of the course gives lovely shape to several holes that rise up and fall away. It gives the course a certain swagger. The par four 5th is the stand-out hole. Green fees Stg £22-£35.
|Bangor's 3rd hole - showing off the hill|
|The dogleg 10th at Bantry Bay|
|Views back down the 12th at Birr|
|The 4th at Cairndhu - one of three holes in the first four that use|
the headland to dramatic effect.
|The tough opening par four 1st at Coollattin|
6. Corballis Golf Links – maybe it doesn’t make the cut because it’s a municipal links, but this small course (par 66) offers big thrills over shapely terrain. Considering the proximity to Dublin and the amazing value, it’s a course everybody should try. And short does not mean easy. Green fees €20-€24.
|Views back over the par three 4th at Corballis. The 5th runs down the left.|
|Approach to the 17th at Dundrum (image courtesy of Dundrum House)|
|A deliciously tempting start - Fermoy's opening hole|
9. Kirkistown Castle Golf Links – a small feisty links with two sharp rises stretching across the far end of the course. These host the best holes (tees and green sites) and offer clear views over the rest of the low, rumbling and tight holes below. Pay close attention when you reach the top because this is a links education that will be forever seared into your memory. (Re)Designed by the great James Braid in 1934. Green fees £27.50-£33.
|Kirkistown Castle's imposing 12th (Image courtesy of the club)|
10. Lisburn Golf Club – nearly always overlooked, this is smart, colourful and challenging parkland golf. Trees help define holes and create interesting shapes. The front nine is mostly level, but the back nine has more rise and fall with an uphill par four on 17, followed by an excellent downhill par three to finish. Green fees £35-£50.
|The par three 18th makes for a dramatic finish at Lisburn.|
The second batch of 10 courses are here.
Where's Enniscorthy? ??ReplyDelete
Elizabeth, as a local to Enniscorthy and a fan of its fairways I know where you are coming from... but I don't think even they would anticipate being in the Top 100 list.Delete