The Island - A course of massive dunes, more like what one would see in the south west of the country.
The layout is both testing and rewarding, it has holes moving to all points of the compass, this the wind is a factor be it helpful/hurtful/neutral depending on the hole.
Hitting away from the clubhouse between two massive dunes, the opening hole is daunting, the second through the chute to a raised green is thrilling - a tough opener.
A gentle downhill dogleg left is your first glimpse of the sea, the view is panoramic from this tee, a back pin makes the hole very difficult.
A line drive along the beach, this is a gentle hole before some stern stuff over the coming holes, that is unless its windy
The reverse twin of the 1st, an hourglass fairway, your tee shot needs to be kept to the right, the terrain tracks the ball left to a well placed pot, the green lays right to left - a brutal beauty.
A blind tee shot looks more intimidating than it is, once over the hill the fairway is generous, the green sits in a giant amphitheater of sand dunes, cool hole.
A layup tee shot affords you a look through two hills to a narrow green running away.
A long hole which looks generous from the tee, but a spine running down the fairway for the 2nd shot makes things difficult for those who can’t carry the ball.
Eight is a lovely short 4 with a forced layup at 200m/220y, the green is partly hidden by the dunes & the green moves away from you left to right. Possibly the worst placed path I have ever seen runs along the front of the green.
A shortish par 3 with a downhill kink in the middle of the green which you cannot see from the tee.
This long par 5 Challenges you to fade tee a shot along the border of the course, bunkers guard the left, the green is protected by a deep hollow to the right
A drive over a crest reveals a kink to the right with a green that lays the other way, a hard shot to visualise
A classic risk reward tee shot over 2 massive dunes, hard to work out the club/line first time around, the green is raised but is a semi punchbowl at the back
The signature hole, a massive 200m/220y par 3 over a rocky beach, Malahide is in the background - golf heaven!
The narrowest fairway I have even seen on a links at 15m, it’s hard to concentrate here such are the views
The longest par 5 on the course drops down into a valley, the approach is to a cauldron of a green, the scale of these sand hills is incredible
A long uphill par 3 to a raised green takes a well hit shot only, anything else will be rejected to a waiting bunkers
What a view and what a challenge from the tee, hazard and bunkers to the right, dunes to the left, epic hole!
This is a brutal finisher, parallel to the first, you have a change a glory here but keep your nose clean as the dunes await.
Can’t wait to come back here again, a special experience.￼
Date: July 28, 2019