Review of the Month December 2018 – Lahinch (Old)

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Review of the Month December 2018 – Lahinch (Old)

Lahinch Old course

Lahinch is firmly ensconced in Ireland's Big 5 and rightly so. Home of large dunes and blind shots. Weather forecasting goats. Views of Liscannor Bay. So many good things; maybe even great things.

You're off to the races quicker at Lahinch, than at Ballybunion. 1 and 2 offer an uphill, downhill start, and then you head into the big dunescape.

3 through 9 is one heck of a ride through the dunes. Klondyke - the reachable par 5 with a huge dune of a speedbump in the middle - and Dell - the hidden/obscured green par 3 - typically get the focus, but the rollercoaster par 4s at #3, #6, and #7 provide even more fun and better shot values.

You may climb out of the big dunes on 9, but it isn't until the last couple holes that you really leave the duneland behind. And between them you still have a great variety of short and long par 4s, a river hugging par 5, and a couple pulpit teed par 3s.

A fantastic 5.5 is Lahinch. One that I always enjoy returning to and it will be interesting to see how the big boys take to it next year in the Irish Open.


Review of the Month December 2018 selected by Editor-in-Chief, Keith Baxter – click to read more about Lahinch (Old).