Lahinch Old Course, County Clare: Lahinch features a couple of blind holes, and true classic links flavor. Golf Magazine rates it #67 in the world. Lahinch Golf Club was laid out in 1892 by Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews fame, and in the early 30's, Dr. Alistair MacKenzie redesigned some holes, making it one of the best links courses in Ireland (ranked #78 in the world according to Golf Magazine). Some even call Lahinch "The St. Andrews of Ireland," but that may be selling the course short, as far as difficulty goes. It is in the scenic area of western Ireland, complete with ruins, cliffs, blind tee shots and yes, plenty of wind! The course is 6735 yards and par 73 from the championship tees (par 72 - 6276 yards from normal tees), and features breathtaking views from the 9th and 13th holes. The famous par 5 fifth, and par 3 sixth (“The Dell”), both feature blind shots over a huge mound of sand. Lahinch is famous for some legendary weather forecasters: some goats huddle around the clubhouse when storms approach. Be sure to enjoy lunch in the clubhouse after your round, perhaps with a shot of Irish whiskey to warm you up, as you look out over the beautiful fairways!
Enniscrone, County Sligo: Eddie Hackett and Donald Steele designed this rugged dunes links in two stages, both improving on the original 1918 design. This links, on the shore of Killala Bay, is one of the many marvelous tests of golf which can be found in Ireland. The quality of the golf is matched by the surroundings, with the Ox Mountains close at hand. Killala Bay reaches out to the broad Atlantic with miles of sandy beaches surrounding the course. “This is certainly a course not to be missed…the club is very keen to encourage visitors, so a warm welcome is assured.” (Golf World). Enniscrone was just reworked and refurbished to stunning reviews. They have carts available and many WWG clients often like to play it twice.
Rosses Point, County Sligo : Really named County Sligo Golf Course, this 1894 layout is quite remote but very beautiful, with many calling it the best overall 18 holes in Ireland. County Sligo Golf Club is nick-named Rosses Point, because of the land it occupies; which features hilly and remote links, with some spectacular views. On the course, there is conscientious care to maintain the best traditions of a supreme links, discovered by the inquisitive members of the old Sligo Militia in 194 and extended and improved upon around 1920 by Colt & Alison, the foremost golf architect of the time. Its unique setting combines a staircase type contrast of clifftop plateaus which has the effect of presenting a multitude of varying shots. Rosses Point has many memorable holes. The downhill par-five 2nd; the eternally proud par-four 8th; the clifftop 12th and the downhill par-three 13th (making sure to stay out of the stream, partially encircling the green), have carved their own special niches. It is from the 13th hole inwards, hugging the seashore, that Rosses Point unveils a finishing stretch, as highlighted by the 17th, that win, or more likely lose, will lure you back to try again. The 17th, when into the wind, is one of the hardest golf holes in the world!
Donegal, County Donegal: The surrounding dunes at “Murvagh” make for a very good and exciting links course, but with emphasis more on the difficulty of the course than on finesse. A challenging links course, fit to test the best. Superbly scenic between sea and mountains, the holes are a mixture of testing Par 5s, tricky Par 4s and memorable Par 3s.
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