Great fun links golf in a beautiful location, excellent variety in superb condition for this early in the season. On our way back from the North West (sob !) to spend the night in Donabate before our early ferry, it was a beautiful evening so called by at 5 pm to see if we could race the Sun home. The excellent team of pros couldn't have been more helpful, and out we went onto a very quiet course. The club has obviously invested in the course and its surrounds, a huge swathe of turf around the first and a nice waste area next to 8 th tee. The opening string of par 4s are strong, traditional holes along dune valleys, fun green sitings, and tremendous condition greens and run offs allowing creativity in one's recovery shots. By far the best turf we've seen in 2 weeks in Ireland, the fairways are like carpet. I had a bit of an " Uh oh" moment looking at the flatter 10th and 11th, but the green complexes are excellent, and then the dunes recommence for a very strong finish. I do agree with other reviewers ref the narrow par 4, but it's still fun and 14 - 18 are as tough as any finish. We got round in 3 hrs and we treated to a beautiful setting sun casting long shadows in the rippling fairways, and the dell green on the outstanding long 15, with as Bernard Darwin would say much "pleasurable anticipation" of seeing where one's first 2 shots had finally alighted in the swooping fairway. A pink full moon rising above the Sea set the seal on a magical round of golf that will live long in the memory and fittingly brought to a close a fantastic trip to North West Ireland which deserves to be compared to the Scottish Highlands as a good value golf and scenic destination.
Date: April 30, 2018