There's a reason for Baltray to be "Ireland's most overlooked links": it's shockingly overpriced. Good, not great, holes, with penal rough and a similarity of design throughout. I paid E115 (about $140) for the opportunity to play what I would consider good value at E40 or so. it isn't that it's a bad course, it's just that nothing about it is especially memorable. The holes go out, the holes come back; there is little elevation change or drama throughout. The fairways are cut to dirt level, then there's 9" of rough--so your choices are hardpan or fescue, nothing in-between. In addition, the welcome at the pro shop was the least-friendly of my journey around Ireland; the pro and reception seemed to be doing me a favor to take my money. Good course, no value.
Date: June 30, 2006