Review for Seapoint

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TaylorMade

Review:

Our last round this time on the emerald isle was a slightly hurried 18 before rushing to the airport.

The course starts gently with solid golf holes, but their character edges towards firm and fast parkland golf and leave you thinking ‘when does the links golf start?’. The way the course played on our visit was ‘difficult par, easy bogey’. Or in my case, it could just have been described as ‘bogey’. The front nine is close to the real estate – yellow houses which were the reason that this course was built. Our host told us that the start used to be stronger, but that holes had been rerouted due to dangerous or irritating situations. The best holes on the front nine are the downhill 1st which crosses a burn, the par 5 6th which has an interesting choice off the tee, and the long par 3 ninth towards the clubhouse which is a proper links hole with a difficult green to hit.

The back nine is a little more exciting with well bunkered, attractive holes, building up to the final stretch of 14-18 which all have their own character and definitely is the strongest set of holes on the course. The flip side of that is that the land hugging the beach is unfortunately all used by the finishing three holes, probably compromising the spectacle on many of the other 15. They are 3 great links holes - an interesting mid length par 4, followed by a short 3 with a narrowly visible green in an amphitheatre and a quality finishing threeshotter, but I can’t help but feel the climax comes a bit too late. Nevertheless Seapoint is an enjoyable, well maintained course which is certainly challenging enough, and gives great value for money greenfeewise.

MO

Date: June 18, 2022


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