Played Moyvalley last weekend and despite recent heavy rains the course was very playable and well presented. It is somewhat reminiscent to look at of the Monty course at Carton House, just down the road and relies very heavily on its bunkering, its thick rough and a challenging wind. In benign conditions there is little to seriously trouble the good golfer until you reach the last three holes where water comes into play in a big way. As others have mentioned, 16 and 18 are an excellent test where you really have to plot a course through the abundant water hazards. For the pros, however, I'm sure it's a completely different test - around 7,400 yards from the tips. As a course it is enjoyable, but the lack of definition to the layout was in my view uninspiring and I won't be rushing back to play it. There are a good many better and prettier parkland layouts in the area (K Club, Carton House, Druids Glen), although you cannot fault the conditioning or, in particular, the practice facilities which were excellent (and very close to the clubhouse and first tee which is always a nice surprise).
Date: November 03, 2009