Belmullet is miles from anywhere, but any links lover definitely needs to make the trip - Carne is stunning, and unlike other "golf porn" courses, if anything the photos don't do credit to the amazing topography. The dunes may be higher at Enniscrone, but their use is more varied at Carne. The overall quality of a Dunes Links experience often rests on the holes on the perimeter. Carne's flatter landward holes still have plenty of good golf around dunes, including the 12th requiring a strong drive drawing around the dune then another well hit approach into the wind with a bad drop off to the right with OOB waiting a tentative shot. There are some farm views to the North, similar to RCD back 9, but then supplanted by glorious sea and beach views at 13. The quality continues through to the notoriously hard 17th (cavernous drop offs left and right of the fairway) and then the 18th with its huge dip short of the green. Very good front nine, but one of best back 9's we've played. Recommended to stay in Belmullet, one of the nicest and friendliest villages we've been in so far, with a great play and stay deal at the excellent Drum Caoin B&B, and beers at McDonnell's bar run by the irrepressible Padroig. Not for nothing is its nickname "The Lobster Pot" since it's so hard to get out once you're in ! Will definitely come back again when the extra 9 is in play, those holes look other worldly !
Date: April 26, 2018