Dinard is a par 68 , not overly long at 5334m. The course has 5 par 3's and a single par 5. There is now an additional back tee on 10 which is not on the card but turns the uphill 348m par 4 into just over 400m much tougher hole. It's a course which dates from 1887. The clubhouse bar is still the original and has an old British feel.
The 12th and 14th holes have coastal fortifications from the war which have been incorporated into the course as tee boxes on 12 and cleverly hidden in the rough to the left of 14 so easy to miss.
Many holes overlook the coast or give views of the coast and have that 'deep breath' factor. The 6th is only 340 yards with a downhill tee shot to and then uphill to the green. The hole has huge natural contours and bunkers made more interesting with the cross against wind and rain when we played it. The hole runs along the cliff with views below along the entire hole.
The 11th and uphill par 4 and 12th a 168 yard par 3 run along the coast with great views. The 14th green and 16th tee also make you pause and take in the views.
The fairways are not currently in great shape, after a prolonged dry and hot spell, but that didn't matter. The greens were ok, firm links style, if a bit worn in places. The 17th green (a very short 90m par three) did not look healthy. Nontheless, it's well worth a visit if you're in the area.
Date: August 09, 2017