Esker Hills - Offaly - Ireland

Esker Hills Golf Club,
Co Offaly,

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  • Liam Boland

  • Christy O’Connor Jnr

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There is evidence that a 9-hole golf course was in use near the southwest corner of the present day course as far back as 1885 but it wasn’t until over one hundred years later – 1997 to be precise – that the 18-hole Esker Hills Golf Club came into being.

Christy O’Connor Jnr designed the course on land owned by the O’Brien and Molloy families and, with minimal earth movement, he created a challenging parkland layout measuring 6,669 yards in length. The land is rolling, contains four lakes and has had many young trees planted which will add definition to the course as they mature.

The club takes its name from the natural landform of the area, known as the Esker Riada. Over 10,000 years ago, retreating glaciers at the end of the Ice Age shaped the land. As the frozen water melted, narrow ridges of sand and gravel – called eskers – were left behind, deposited by streams that flowed in tunnels under the melting waters.

Esker Hills is routed in two loops of nine, each ending close to the clubhouse. There are four par threes on the course, all of which are over 170 yards in length. Several par four holes have doglegs that are bent to almost 90 degrees – and one of them, the 3rd hole, is a whopping 490 yards in length.

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Description: Christy O’Connor Jnr designed the course at Esker Hills Golf Club on land owned by the O’Brien and Molloy families and, with minimal earth movement, he created a challenging parkland layout Rating: 6 out of 6 Reviews: 2

Honestly one of the best Parkland courses in Ireland, a complete hidden gem...

No hole is the same... This baby won't be cracked on your first try...

This course is very hilly and will hit tee of level ground but not much level hitting after that... Its rating in the top 100 is very low and played a lot parkland much higher...

6 / 6
Esker Hills
September 01, 2016

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Esker Hills is without doubt one of the true hidden gems in central Ireland.I've had the pleasure of playing this course a handful of times, each producing it's own lasting memories.The small but very welcoming clubhouse provides one of the best breakfasts going, just what you need before tackling this testing and, as the name suggests, hill course. A buggy is recommended for all but the fittest!The par 5 1st sets the scene perfectly with an elevated tee shot which tempts you to take on the corner of the dog leg, one for the big hitters only!The signature hole is probably the 4th which requires a mega accurate drive through a narrow tree lined channel, very satisfying to get right but be prepared for a big number on your card if you don't.The par 3 5th is played from a fantastic elevated tee and correct clubbing is hugely important, it plays nothing like it's 167 yards and water awaits those overdoing it!I could go on and on about other superb holes on the course but let me just say if your a golfer visiting Ireland this is an absolute must for your itinerary.
6 / 6
Esker Hills
March 01, 2012

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November 27, 2013
This is a totally unique course, with the undulations and elevation changes of a links, within a parkland setting. This proves there is a lot more to Irish golf than the famous links of the southwest, ''The Royals'' – Portrush and County Down and The K Clubs and Druids Glens of this world.