Millicent - Kildare - Ireland

Millicent Golf Club,
County Kildare,

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  • Tommy Halpin

Tommy Halpin played extensively on the European Tour (even during winter seasons in places like Nigeria and Kenya) until 1976, ten years after he had turned professional. Tommy then spent a profitable number of years on the Irish circuit prior to the design of his first course, Lady Hill at Bodenstown in 1987. He went on to create Woodlands and Swords in the 1990s before embarking on his best design yet, here at Millicent Golf Club in 2001.

The course occupies a 150-acre site and greens have been constructed to USGA specification. The front nine is routed anti-clockwise around the perimeter of the property – holes 5 to 7 are bounded on the right by the River Liffey – and they enclose the back nine within. Many consider the gravel based fairways and sand layered greens at Millicent to be the best drained in the province, allowing play even after the heaviest of rainfalls.

A round on this delightful parkland course begins with a pair of par fives, both of which have out of bounds down the right hand side of the fairways. The 5th seems an easy short par four when examining the scorecard yardage beforehand but on the tee, golfers will be only too aware of the danger that lurks in the pond to the right of the landing area!

The signature hole at Millicent Golf Club is sandwiched between two mighty par fives at holes 16 and 18 – and those holes supply quite a sting in the tail to the round as they are designated stroke index 1 and 3! The 198-yard, par three, 17th splits them and it is played over a pond to a small putting surface with big bunkers at the back to catch those who over club to avoid water at the front of the green.

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Description: Millicent Golf Club occupies a 150-acre site and the front nine is routed anti-clockwise around the perimeter of the property – holes 5 to 7 are bounded by the River Liffey – and they enclose the back nine within. Rating: 4 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Nick Mullen
Millicent is a type of golf course which, especially in our present day climate, is extremely functional. The course doesn't try to be anything its not, the club run and the personable nature of the staff is a nice touch in this day and age. The course provides a playable but at the same time interesting layout for all levels of golfer. Due to its proximity to the River Liffey it drains exceptionally well, making it a popular option for Winter golf. Greens fees are very well priced and throughout they offer an open on Wednesdays which is good value. The opening nine works its way around the perimeter of the property in a clockwise fashion, with the most interesting stretch being hole 4 through 7 which contains a par 3, a short driveable par 4 and two mid length par 4s which run along by the aformentioned river. The back nine starts and finishes strongly with water in play on many of the holes, not least on the 190 yard 17th which plays over a large lake. Millicent is the type of course which caters for a very large sector of the golfing public, its is always open for membership and visitors(reasonably priced) while offering a solid layout that is not too taxing. Its like Ronseal it does exactly what it says on the tin. Nick
November 16, 2010
4 / 10
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