.... a great coastal challenge
.... a great coastal challenge
Tip: A well protected green with bunkers protecting the front left and right hand side. Too long results in a difficult blind chip shot to an elevated green.
History: The cliff ruins in the distance are known locally as the Black Castle. Built circa 900 A.D. by Viking invaders. It was subsequently occupied at various times by the Normans, the English and lastly by the Wicklow clan - the O'Byrnes.
Tip: Drive down the right-hand side of the fairway. A difficult approach shot, Out of Bounds left of the green and a bunker or worse on the right hand side. Try to play through the gap.
History: This is the local name for the inlet beside the green. It dates from the time sailors used the well located there to fill their water casks and they used the marl to caulk the casks.
Tip: Aim slightly right as the fairway slopes right to left. A long drive will get you on the green.
History: A cluster of one large and a number of smaller rocks just south of the marl hole. Its well known by local fishermen, past and present, as a good place to 'shoot' their lobster pots.
Tip: A good drive is required here, danger on the left in the form of Out of Bounds, Spinneys and bunkers, but gorse bushes also lurk on the right hand side.
History: Local name for a swirl of tides at the foot of the cliffs below the 4th tee.
Tip: A blind tee shot, aim straight down the fairway. Care is needed with the approach shot; try to carry onto the green - it is more difficult than it looks.
History: This hole faces a treacherous sand bank twelve miles out in the bay known as the Codling Bank. Up until recently it was marked by a lightship (the Codling lightship) but now has a flashing buoy.
Tip:A daunting tee-shot from 'the nose', with a carry of 190 yards. Aim at the spinney for your safest landing area, or take the Tiger line down the middle of the fairway! You decide!
History: The coastline along this hole resembles that of the famous American golf course. This has to be one of the most daunting driving holes in Ireland if not Europe, where the only thing between you and the fairway is 190 yards of a carry over the biggest water hazard on the east coast of Ireland - The Irish Sea. Come and test your nerve.
Tip: Club selection is paramount. If the pin is at the back make sure you take enough club. If the pin is at the front make sure you do not take too much club. A good score can be undone on this hole.
History: In the days when the course was a farm, there was a vineyard situated on the banks fronting the green. It was an ideal location, sheltered from northerly winds, with a southerly aspect.
Tip: Aim tee shot left of the spinney on the right hand side of the fairway. Only the biggest of hitters can take on the line over the trees on the left hand side.
History: The valley on the 8th hole contained the farmhouse and apple orchard of the O'Connor family who once farmed the area. Peter, a member of the family held the title of World Long-jump Champion for 25 years. His record jump measured 24ft 11.75", a truly wonderful feat.
Tip: All the trouble is short, in the form of heavy bunkering. The green may be big but it is easy to 3 putt!
History: Larks can be seen and heard here all summer. They nest in the nearby furze bushes and long grass.