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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Cédric
One of my favourites in the area!! 2 fairways in bad shame and 2 flattish holes in the front 9 are the only relative negative points I would mention. All the rest is world class at a third of the price of Ballybunion. Great Pro too!!!
September 05, 2006
10 / 10
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Darren
I’m not so sure on Enniscrone. On a recent trip that contained plenty of highs (the excellent Sandy Hills and Carne coming top of the bunch), you can’t help but feel Enniscrone is a nearly good. The back 9 is excellent, but by that point I was feeling very let down by the poorer sections of the front 9. Holes 15 and 16 are quite something, so my advice would be to hang in there during your round knowing the best holes are yet to come.
June 08, 2006
6 / 10
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Richard Smith
I played the old design in 2000, so I can't comment on the changes which have been made. The first three holes were quite bland and out of character, so I'm sure that the changes have been for the better. The course I played was a wonderful treat. There are some magnificent dunes on the property and they are ingeniously incorporated into the layout. The course has a nice feel and flow to it.Apparently the old 16th is now the 1st, which would have to qualify as one of the most difficult opening holes in all of golf. This hole is a dogleg right with out of bounds hugging the right side. The green is guarded by mounds and difficult to hit even from the middle of the fairway.I thoroughly enjoyed Enniscronne, and it looks like they have improved the course since I was there five years ago. This is a course I would seek out to play again.
November 20, 2005
8 / 10
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Keith Baxter
Enniscrone was certainly one of the highlights of our trip to northwest Ireland - I can't compare the new Enniscrone to the old one but what they have at the moment is a cracking links course. Make sure you put this one on your list and also play the nine-hole course if you get the chance... a couple of corking holes in the dunes and a good test of links golf.
August 13, 2005
8 / 10
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Goffy
Enniscrone is a fantastic golf course set in the most spectacular sand dunes. Tight narrow fairways and punishing rough place a premium on straight driving but don’t be too short, this is still a long course from the white tees, as always on a links course the wind plays a factor in every shot. The greens are beautifully cut and very true almost making putting a pleasure when you eventually get there. If your in the West of Ireland this is a must play course, in fact we cancelled our afternoon round elsewhere to play another round here, stunning.
July 03, 2005
10 / 10
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Ed Tilley
Played this course in May 2005 on a trip which also included Carne and Westport. While Carne has attracted superlative reviews, rightly so as it is excellent, Enniscrone was the highlight of the trip. Holes 6-8 are the 'weak' holes on the course as they are neither in the dunes or on the estuary. However they are still decent holes. The remainder range from very good to sensational. How Golf World see fit to not rank this course in the top 100 is beyond me. Aberdovey, Isle of Purbeck, and many others on that list are not a patch on this great course. The new holes in the dunes make this a top 20 course at least - play it now. At 50 euros for a round, combined with 50 euros for a day at Carne, you won't find a better value golf trip anywhere.
June 01, 2005
10 / 10
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Hugh
I have been lucky enough to play Enniscrone prior to Donald Steel’s changes and after, so I can say that Enniscrone was good but now it’s excellent. It’s a serious test from the back tees but it is enjoyable from any of the tees mainly because the tee shots are elevated and thrilling, which entice us to open our shoulders. Steel added six new holes in the dunes but at the same he’s left Hackett’s best holes intact. I have to say that it is now a superb course and one which should be more highly recognised. One of the best things about the new 18 is that they are so varied and enjoyable. I’m not sure what the club intend to do with the other nine holes, which are OK but nowhere near up to the standard of the main course. But if you are travelling all this way why not play them anyway, perhaps in a morning warm-up. Dave.
April 24, 2005
10 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
A fantastic course - we loved it here. The people were really friendly and we had a super meal before our round. The opener looks straightforward from the tee, but when you'll need a good uphill approach approach to a well bunkered green that's sandwiched between the dunes. Fantastic series of holes in the dunes and there's no doubt that Enniscrone is the complete package.
April 07, 2005
6 / 10
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Michael Morrison
October 19, 2014
Many many years ago my family spent our summer holidays in Ennischrone. We would walk our dog on the nine hole links course along with the cattle that used to keep the fairways short. Each green had a small single wire fence around it to keep out the cattle. Even then it was at testing course that included the cattle and what they deposited! Great memories of a time well spent in a glorious part of Ireland.
Andy Newmarch
Links golf at its very best. Two tough par fives into the prevailing wind will take you to the sea and then on into the dunes. This is where the rollercoaster starts for five or six holes before you head out onto some flat ground before returning into the dunes for the final three holes. This is a great golf course and so much fun. It's oh so tough when the wind blows.
April 07, 2005
8 / 10
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