Co Louth: Played it this week after a long absence and enjoyed it thoroughly. Nice mix of holes – some in front of you visible and inviting a decent drive, whilst some blind –creating a golfing query but not punishing or annoying. Three par fives on the front and one on the back nine but you have to wait till the 18th hole for this gem. The par threes are a work of art and demand precise hitting as any miss hits on these can leave the player short sided and scrambling to get up and down. The back nine are enjoyable and scenic as is the overall course. Wide fairways and large greens make this playable for all abilities. The transition is a bit puzzling as it is a figure of eight rather than two loops of nine making recall and navigation a challenge. Playing the last hole one can try and relive the efforts of Shane Lowry an Irish Amateur taking on the professionals to win the Irish open after playing the final hole three times to win the tie hole. Top 10 in Ireland.
Date: December 29, 2016