|The approach to the 3rd green|
experience was it? Then I try to describe it.
Now, for all those golf writers who like to focus on a course's design and its evolution, a course review is unlikely to change unless the course further evolves. I have discovered that this is not the case when you focus on the experience. Portmarnock and County Louth are two telling examples. Portmarnock I will leave for another day, but County Louth is definitely front and centre at the moment as I reviewed the course for this month's edition of Irish Golfer Magazine (pages 76-80).
|Co Louth's short par four 4th has not a single bunker on it.|
|The par four 8th at Co Louth. The green is over the 2nd bunker, to the|
right of the golfers (who are on the 12th hole)
|A delicate approach required to the 6th green at Co Louth|
|Co Louth's signature hole is the short par four 14th... and like the 5th|
it is bunkerless. Sheer class.
"Its a really excellent course. I've played it twice in the past two years and, once you get over the history of it and the "Jaysus, this is where Lowry won it eventually"-type feeling and settle into it, then its a really, really good course. Yes, its pretty flat and no, there aren't a huge amount of sea views, but I'm there to play golf and not look at the waves. Its no Waterville for sure, but its a massive test of golf, its always in great nick and the facilities (apart from the short driving range) are excellent."
|Approach to the tough par four 9th|
"Played it a lot over the years and always enjoyed it. Good links course but not as exciting as the better ones - Portmarnock, European, Tralee, Waterville etc. Stopped playing it a good few years ago as it got very expensive for what it is. Played adjoining course Seapoint recently which was a good experience."
|The par three 7th... not a hole to come up short on!|
"7.5 out of 10 for me. A great links course but missing the dunes of the west coast and a poor cousin to the big 3 courses in Dublin and the European club. Too hard in summer with the meadow style rough rather the wisp style rough where u can find your ball."
"A pretty good track, but probably over-priced for what it is. Good value during their open week, but the walk-up price is steep. 6.5 to 7 out of 10."
|The par three 5th|
|The blind taste test on the Co Louth clubhouse bar...|
Can you tell the difference between white and