I had the good fortune in being told to visit this course after my time at nearby Baltray / County Louth. I wasn't expecting a good deal since I had not heard a word about it and I have to say that there are a few holes of note mixed in with a number of others that are fairly ordinary. The opening nine runs closest to the Irish Sea and the ground movement is also a splendid treat. The holes are not exacting in terms of length but the ground conditions can propel the slightest mishap into some very interesting situations.
The 2nd plays parallel to the Sea and is a quality short par-4. The 3rd that follows ups the ante considerably as the tee shot on this par-4 of 410 yards is tested for length and accuracy. The par-5 4th is a quality hole as the terrain provides for an elevate green that accepts only the best of plays.
As you head deeper into the property the holes move away from the close proximity to the Sea. The dog-leg left par-4 10th is a fine hole -- be mindful of the turning point because it's very easy to hit through the fairway. The 11th and 12th run in the same direction with OB lurking on the right side on these two quality holes.
The closing hole is certainly one to remember. The par-5 hole of 480+ yards dog-legs left and OB is perched on the right side. The slightest push will have your playing partner utter the dire words of "reload." The green is something to behold. You don't see it because it's hidden behind mounds. Am aggressive tee shot that finds the fairway can attempt to reach in two blows. Keep in mind, the OB is ever near towards the right and rear of the green.
Laytown and Bettystown is a great example of a fun course worthy to check out when in the area. Clearly, it's not in the upper echelon of the more noted Irish courses but it provides some rousing fun and if there was ever an opportunity to upgrade a few of the holes it could be a good bit better.
by M. James Ward
Date: February 21, 2018