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September 2016

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78 • IRISH GOLFER MAGAZINE • September 2016 • Nerveless accuracy required on both shots… first between the chute of trees… then to a green heavily defended by water NARIN & PORTNOO, HOLE 8, PAR 4. 301 METRES. INDEX 17. A short, glorious downhill par four with a green on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Take a moment on the tee to take in Donegal's beauty. NARIN & PORTNOO, HOLE 9, PAR 4. 355 METRES. INDEX 5. Now you play along the edge of the ocean. A blindish tee shot is followed by a delicious approach down to a green, wrapped in the Atlantic. NORTH WEST, HOLE 12, PAR 4. 425 YARDS. INDEX 2. A straight hole which shows off the sweet undulations, deceptive fairways and blind approaches that make North West a 125 year old gem. PORTARLINGTON, HOLE 7, PAR 4. 402 METRES. INDEX 1 A hole meandering between majestic trees and calling for pinpoint accuracy. Mind the red squirrels. PORTMARNOCK, HOLE 14, PAR 4. 387 YARDS. INDEX 2. There isn't a weak hole at Portmarnock and this is the strongest from an excellent set of two-shotters. Aiming at Ireland's Eye in the distance, the tee shot has to contend with four diagonally placed bunkers. The approach makes the hole, playing in to a plateau green, fit snugly behind a large dune shoulder and two more bunkers. Great undulations and internal contour too. PORTMARNOCK, HOLE 18, PAR 4. 393 YARDS. INDEX 10. Hug the bunkers right and dogleg left needs the approach to carry a diagonal creek to get home safely. GRACEHILL, HOLE 13, PAR 4. 400 YARDS. INDEX 1. Weaving between tall trees, two precision shots (as emphasised by its Index) are needed to find the green. HEADFORT NEW, HOLE 10, PAR 4. 342 METRES. INDEX 9. This is a big carry over water onto one of the islands. Then it doglegs fast and right, between the trees. K CLUB, HOLE 17, PAR 4. 364 YARDS. INDEX 14. Water, water, everywhere… the hole hugs the River Liffey as it doglegs gently from tee to green. Terrifying for anyone with a draw. KILLEEN CASTLE, HOLE 17, PAR 4. 375 YARDS. INDEX 2. Nicklaus designed this beastly right-angled dogleg, which clings to a lake. You're invited to drive over the water... but only bite off as much as you can chew. LAHINCH, HOLE 6, PAR 4. 412 YARDS. INDEX 2. A hole which calls for restraint, finesse and a lot of guts. It's a dogleg left, with your drive hitting up to a blind, angled fairway. The dunes behind the fairway and to the left proving intimidating so precision is required, especially as a rough-filled chasm lies short of the green. But fail to go far enough and you won't see the green at all. The green setting, above Liscannor Bay, is one of the sweetest you will find. Thank the unheralded Charles Gibson for that. LAHINCH, HOLE 9, PAR 4. 391 YARDS. INDEX 10. To bring Lahinch's unmatchable front nine to a close, this Alister MacKenzie par four doubles back and gives a wide vista of course and town behind. The drive is defined by a diagonal ridge in the landing area which itself slopes heavily from right to left. Stay high and you will have a clear view down the neck of the skinny, 60 yard long green, one of only a handful left untouched by the recent renovation. MACREDDIN, HOLE 12, PAR 4. 364 METRES. INDEX 1. Paul McGinley's name looms large over the exhilarating Macreddin. The 12th may be the most thrilling of all, doglegging sharply around river and gorse and between the pines. A big drive from a high tee crosses the river and then bends right. More water and gorse flood the foreground to your approach, while a pair of pines threaten the safe route. MITCHELSTOWN, HOLE 4, PAR 4. 340 METRES. INDEX 1. A sweet, straight hole which swerves around a lone pine before the approach shot hit over the River Funshion and into a deep nest of trees. MOUNT JULIET, HOLE 4, PAR 4. 387 YARDS. INDEX 2. FEATURE: THE BEST 100 HOLES IN IRISH GOLF KM KM AM Macreddin 12th K Club 17th Mitchelstown 4th Lahinch 6th AM

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