Enniscrone (Dunes) - Sligo - Ireland

Enniscrone Golf Club,
Enniscrone,
Co. Sligo,
Ireland


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  • On coast road from Sligo to Ballina, 8 miles from Ballina

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Enniscrone Golf Club started out in life in 1918 as a modest nine-hole course. But it was the prolific Irish architect, Eddie Hackett, who put Enniscrone on the map, when, in 1974, he extended the layout to 18 holes. Donald Steel has recently extended the configuration to 27 holes by using new land and adjoining dunes. He has also changed the original flat opening holes, which were out of keeping with the rest. The main course now plots its way through the gigantic dunes and across the folded rippled links land. Now, with 27 holes, there are a number of playing options but it seems fitting that the main course is now called Dunes (the third nine is called Scurmore).

The location is ravishing; Enniscrone is set on a promontory, which juts out into Killala Bay at the mouth of the Moy Estuary. Scurmore, one Ireland’s most beautiful beaches, borders the links, while the moody Ox Mountains provide a stormy backdrop to the east and the Nephin Beg Range dominates the westerly skyline.

The course itself complements its surroundings. The fairways pitch and roll between towering shaggy dunes. Greens are raised on plateaux and protected by deep valleys and ravines, whilst others nestle at the feet of high dunes. There are elevated tee shots and panoramic ocean views. Enniscrone really is a breathtaking golf course with a serious challenge attached.

Stretching out to more than 7,000 yards from the tips, it calls for some solid driving. There is nothing unnatural about Enniscrone; it’s in tune with its surroundings, where there is this ever-present sense of space and freedom.

You must expect a bit of wind here, and that will naturally bring another dimension to the challenge. If you are feeling weary and windswept after your round, why not visit Kilcullen's Seaweed Baths in Enniscrone village? Guaranteed to provide relief from the rigours of the round. Or try and unravel the giant and rampageous Enniscrone black pig myth. But whatever you do, take the time to play this course before it gets too well known and becomes the Ballybunion of the Western Seaboard.

Enniscrone Golf Club was voted 2008 Golf Course of the Year at the Irish Golf Tour Operators Association Awards Ceremony. Enniscrone wins 2008 IGTOA Golf Course of the Year

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Description: The location is ravishing; Enniscrone Golf Club is set on a promontory, which juts out into Killala Bay at the mouth of the Moy Estuary. Rating: 8.9 out of 10 Reviews: 49
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Patrick McGarey
I played the course in perfect weather, sunny and with a light breeze. Having played most of the highly ranked Irish links courses, I can honestly rank Enniscrone on a par with better known courses such as Lahinch, Murvaugh, Ballyliffin and others. Why this course doesn't enjoy the same notoriety as the others is a mystery, since the duneland on which the course lies is some of the most dramatic I've seen (HUGE dunes define many of the holes). Perhaps like Carne, it may be considered out-of-the-way, or hard to reach. (Actually, the fact that the course is a relative unknown is probably to be cherished, as anyone who's ever played a six hour round on tourist-clogged Ballybunion can attect). The course conditioning was exceptional, with excellent putting surfaces. A real test off the tee, with long, straight drives rewarded and several wayward ones severely punished (i.e. re-tee). Anyone playing Murvaugh, Rosses Point or the numerous links gems in County Donegal should make a point of playing Enniscrone as well. As it lies within roughly an hour of Rosses Point, these two can be played on the same day.
November 05, 2008
8 / 10
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Ted
A very good test of golf with some mountainous dunes in places, the new holes built by Donald Steel (2,3,4,14,15 & 16) are awesome. Enjoy some great food and guinness in the bustling clubhouse afterwards.
August 26, 2008
8 / 10
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Ivan
Fantastic - played this weekend, the wind blew the pull trollies over on several occassions - so not easy. The course was in great condition for the time of year. The holes winding through the dunes could not be better. The views accross the atlantic on the back 9 better still. The green were very tough especially when buffited by the wind. 4 weaker holes 5-9 but they did not spoil the enjoyment.If you want challenging links golf this is a must. It also has to be the top course for value for money.
February 26, 2008
10 / 10
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Peter Teague
I played the course back in 2005. Its one of the best links courses in Ireland now. The holes through the towering dunes are amazing. It is a tough challenge and the stand out hole for me was the par 5 16th thats runs along the sea. The staff at Enniscrone were very welcoming and very proud of their new course. The secretary took my father and me out for a walk on the dunes and explained the work that they had done to complete the new course. Not to be missed if visiting the area.
January 03, 2008
10 / 10
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steve
My wife and I played Enniscone on a rainy, windy Aug17. I distinctly remember 3 holes: the par4 13th plays downhill from a very elevated tee and doglegs hard right. It ws raining so hard that my gloves were like squeegies as I hit a perfect drive to the bottom of the hill and a perfect wedge to the green . I actually 2 putted for a par. The par 5 14th was a 7x for me but my wife holed out her pitch for a par and on the par 4 18th I hit a perfect 240 yd drive into a stiff wind but was unable to reach the green with a well struck 7 wood. A wonderful, scenic test of golf . and a great value for a couple (95 euros).
September 07, 2007
10 / 10
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simon freeman
I`ve been to a lot of courses that Donald Steel has had a hand in remodelling, and to be honest I`m not a huge fan of some of the things he`s done. But this is brilliant- he has turned an already good links into one that fully utilises the great site upon which it sits. The poa greens were excellent too, and in general the course was in good shape. Good clubhouse, good shop, and one of the friendliest professionals you will ever meet. Great day out if you love blind shots, big dunes and a friendly club atmosphere.
August 19, 2007
8 / 10
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Rory
One of Ireland's greatest links. Enniscrone has it all. A terrific combination of brawn and quirk. The towering dunes and views of Killala Bay, the Moy estuary and the Nephin and Ox Mountains add to the feeling that one is playing golf in its most natural state. The course is difficult but the final stretch of 12 through 18 presents a great finish for match play.
June 13, 2007
10 / 10
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Steve Shaw
This course is mint. The re-designed back 9 through the dunes is what golf is all about and so much better than parkland target style golf courses. Good value too. Make sure you couple with a trip to Carne for the ultimate links experince in north west Ireland.
May 31, 2007
8 / 10
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JOHN G. HOLBROOK
This is the second time I have play this course sinceit was redesigned. This is truly my favorite gem inIreland, we played in late Sept 2006 during the Ryder. This course is special the way in runs thruthe dunes. Excellent value for your money, watchedthe Ryder Cup in the member friendly lounge. Willplay here again.
December 04, 2006
4 / 10
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Cedric
December 05, 2006
why do you give it "3 balls" then????
john schick
Of the 15 links courses that I've played in Ireland this one is my favorite. I love the big dunes on both nines. This is a sporty layout with some quirky short par fours that never gets boring. I could play it for a week. Friendly accomodating clubhouse also. Nice Jr. caddy program in the summer.
September 12, 2006
10 / 10
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