|Views back up the fairway over the 8th green at Carne.
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.