Review for County Sligo (Championship)

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Three intrepid Scottish golfers travelled across the sea to sample, again, the golfing delights of Ireland’s north western coast. Our first day was a travelling day with two rounds of golf scheduled for the next day, the first being at Rosses Point. As we travelled down from Derry to Sligo things looked decidedly bleak. We knew that the forecast for the following morning was supposed to be ok but as the wind buffeted our car and the rain tumbled in sheets it was more in hope than expectation that we would be golfing the next day. The sombre mood intensified after watching the weather forecast on RTE. The metrological chart had the word STORM emblazoned across it, Things appeared grim and I wouldn’t have bet a buckshee Euro on a golf club being swung the following morning. It is often said that the sun shines on the righteous, well, the righteous must have had sunshine to spare, throwing some in our direction. It may have windier than the day after a dodgy curry but the rain had stopped and a watery sun appeared, unbelievably, it was game on! The opening 3 holes reminded me a wee bit of Gullane No 1 playing up and down the hill. This was followed by the understated, but brilliant short, 137 yrd par 3 to a pulpit green which, not surprisingly in the conditions, none of us managed to find. I also liked holes 7 and 8, both guarded by burns; both extremely tough even in benign conditions, almost impossible on the day we played. I found the back 9 tougher but ironically I managed to locate a swing so I fared better. Standout holes the short par 3 13th and the par 4 14th brilliantly guarded by a snaking burn. The uphill, doglegged 17th however was my pick of the course and the 18th provided a very tough drive into the wind. After the round it was a typical Irish affair, charm, friendliness, nothing too much trouble. In my experience if you will never get a warmer welcome if you a golfing traveller to Ireland and that is the reason we always return, that and the fantastic courses. I have to say that I understand Jim’s X factor comment as for me Sligo lacked the drama of an Enniscrone, Carne or Sandy Hills but it is a tough, but very fair golf course in a wonderful setting where great golf and fantastic hospitality is guaranteed. MPPJ

Date: May 02, 2013

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