We are blessed in GB&I that a course as good as St Anne's is not in the top 100. This is a proper links course, which although not containing any large dunes, has all the other criteria. Traditional parallel routing of course ensures that there is a balance of prevailing wind challenge. No weak holes on this course and my only negative comment (which illustrates a personal preference), is that water hazards ( except natural burns - of which St Anne's has many ), should be kept off links courses ( again, except if it isn't absolutely required for course maintenance purposes). The par 3, 10th hole has a decent sized pond in front of the green and just looks wrong. The best hole is the long par 4, 7th which combines length and great bunkering. Holes 11 to 16 are excellent as is the par 3, 17th which is medium length to a green surrounded by dunes. The 18th is a scenic and well designed par 4 of 400 yards which has some dune action from the tee to a double fairway. The greens were medium speed and in good condition. The location of St Anne's (and neighbouring Royal Dublin) on Bull Island has a magic quality and is a wonderful place to play golf.
Date: September 19, 2019