Mullingar - Westmeath - Ireland

Mullingar Golf Club,

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Mullingar Golf Club is located in County Westmeath, the midlands of Ireland, somewhere between Dublin and Sligo. The course is ideally set on lush rolling hills and it’s one of the country’s elder clubs, which was founded in 1894.

It took Mullingar Golf Club 40 years and five moves before finally settling on its existing site at Belvedere and they then commissioned the great James Braid to design it. It opened for play in 1935.

Braid originally laid Mullingar out as a championship course and, in the 1950s and 60s, the club was rewarded as three times host to the Irish Professional Championship. It’s still a stiff test, measuring 6,458 yards, but it’s not long enough to tax today’s big hitting professionals. However, having said that, Mullingar still tests the very best golfers in the annual Mullingar Scratch Cup, which has attracted some of the best Irish and overseas amateur golfers over the years – Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington are a couple of big names who once held the trophy.

With fine turf, Mullingar is a delightful walk in the park and the course has a fine collection of one-shot holes. The 2nd is the pick of the bunch and it comes too early in the round for some of us. Measuring 189 yards from the back elevated tee, it’s an exacting par three where many golfers will take a bogey or worse.

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Description: With fine turf, Mullingar Golf Club is a delightful walk in the park and the course has a fine collection of one-shot holes. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

I have played this course on more than one occasion. I understand that the course has gone under some renovations, greens have been moved and new bunkers have been added. David Jones the former tour pro has been responsible for the changes. It has to be said that the new changes are for the better. I played the old layout and the new, and from speaking to some of the members the new layout is a much sterner test. They say that it is 2 to 3 shots harder than the old layout. The course has not lost it’s personality with the new changes, James Braids influence is still there to be seen and this is still why I return to play it every year. This course can be enjoyed by all golfers whether you are off scratch or 24.You have to be able to move you ball both ways on this course to stay out of the way of the mature trees and the strategically placed bunkers. They say that to have a good score in golf you need to do well at the par 3’s. It is no different here the second hole is a terrific par 3 it measures over 200 yards from the championship markers to an elevated green that is well protected by bunkers-a great hole. The other par 3’s are not as tough as this one but still demand the utmost respect. If you have a good score here you know that you have played well Looking forward to playing it again.
6 / 6
May 16, 2007

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Mullingar starts strongly and finishes weakly which is unfortunately the wrong way round. The 18th was a OK reachable par five but now it’s a bizarre hole that is out of keeping with the rest of the course and leaves you scratching your head wondering whether you have been transported to another course! The 2nd on the other hand is a stand out par 3 around 200 yards and unquestionably the best hole at Mullingar. A half a dozen average holes are interspersed with nine or ten really good holes. It’s a classic James Braid layout with some raised greens and pronounced bunkering and overall not a bad course at all, but they should do something to soften that weird looking water hazard on 18.
4 / 6
November 24, 2006

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