The list was devised by Ally McIntosh (golf course architect) and me (gobby, opinionated golf writer) and after reducing over 7,000 holes to a mere 200 the real work began. It is frustratingly tough to get to that 100 number. Several of my favourite holes didn't make the cut for one reason or another - Druid's Glen par three 8th, Athlone's par four 13th,
Ballycastle's par four 6th, Macreddin's par three 4th... or 17th for that matter. I have no doubt Ally would say the same. But that's the way it goes.
So here's a link to the top 100 holes, with brief descriptions of each hole and a top 18 scorecard for both Ally and myself of our absolute favourites: Irish Golfer Magazine September Edition.
And here are some of the contenders to whet the appetite.
|Slieve Russell's par five 13th.|
|The Island's par five 15th - looking back to Malahide|
|Views over Waterville's par five 11th green - from the 17th tee|
|The perfect green on Carlow's par three 17th|
|Views back down the par four 17th at the K Club|