the third day, at Enniscrone, I reached for it on half a dozen occasions and felt frustrated by its absence. Why Enniscrone should be any different I do not know – perhaps it is the size and shape of the humps that rise into so many greens – because my golf was no better or worse than at the other two courses.
|Views down the par five 16th at Enniscrone (from 17th tee).|
|Tee shot on Carne's 6th|
|Approach to the par four 11th at County Sligo (golfers on 12th tee to left).|
|The tough par four 9th at Carne. The green is just under and to the|
left of the clubhouse.
Finally, a very special mention for Laura, in the Diamond Coast Hotel. The hotel is a perfect base for golf in the region but with the Atlantic Coast Challenge running throughout the day, and Carne being a good hour from Enniscrone, it isn’t always easy to get back to the hotel before the restaurant closes (at 9.30pm). We called from the road at 9.15pm and were told the restaurant would be kept open for us. Half an hour later we piled in and Laura looked after us perfectly. Fifteen minutes after that, another bunch of stragglers arrived and she looked after them, too. I’ve stayed at the hotel a few times and the customer service has always been of the very friendly, no-airs-and-graces variety. It's the sort of welcome that puts golfers right at home.