Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Atlantic Coast Challenge Day 2 - Carne Links

Views back up the fairway over the 8th green at Carne.
No time (or energy) to tell you much about Day 2 of the Atlantic Coast Challenge, at Carne, in Belmullet.

Suffice to say we enjoyed a typical Irish day of rain, wind and sunshine... often at the same time. I love this course, and why wouldn't you love something this big and raw and natural. Look at the photos and you'll get a glimpse of what it is all about.

Yes, the greens aren't as pristine as Rosses Point yesterday, but Carne's ethos
(and soul) lies in a different direction. Play here and you'll understand what makes Irish links golf so special.

My playing partners today had differing fortunes - but Fin came within 3 inches of his first hole in one (on the 16th, in a gale and with rain whipping in) and Ronan stood up on the par four 17th tee - one of the toughest holes in Ireland - and ripped a drive away, some 310 metres, to turn a 429 metre hole into a Drive and a 56 degree wedge.

The par three second at Carne.

The tricky and steep approach to the par four 6th.

Playing out of the rough on the 6th hole.

Views back over the par three 7th at Carne.

The long and glorious 9th hole at Carne

The approach shot into the par five 13th, ocean behind.

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