Irelands home of golf since 1893 with the original links designed by Old Tom Morris and revisions from Harry Vardon and Harry Colt. The later addition of another golf course, Sandy Hills, in 2003 was designed by Pat Ruddy. With some softening of the design being done by Beau Welling. Marked differences in the two designs of the two complementary courses are Old Tom routed his course around the dunes, whereas Pat Ruddy went straight through them, presumably where the name Sandy Hills comes from? Built to lend a test to any golfer Clever tricks of the eye are often in play as the course looks narrow from the tee yet, the landing points carved out of the dunes are surprisingly achievable. With Marram grass lining the fairways keeping the ball in play, is essential for a round of golf you can hang your head high at the 19th. Some of the greens have been cut into the dunes or on elevated plateaus for added interest and testing of ones golf nerve. Tightly mowed fairways and slick greens and some elevated tees. This course has been built to expand to its maximum length of 7255 yards. But of course, you don’t have to play the back tees! Just elect to play from the tees that work best for you to enjoy this new style links course. Most of the holes run North to South, along the dune ridges and in parallel to the front nine of Old Tom Morris Links. Creating a sense of seclusion with the Muckiest Mountain as the backdrop. I recall playing down the fairway, just going about my business hitting the ball. I looked up and saw the view of the beach and bay spread out in front of me. It was a breathtaking moment to stop, reflect and enjoy, before being rudely dragged back to tackling that little white ball again! .
Played the Sandy Links... Great course, beautiful tight links course with tricky greens, scenery is fabulous. The lads in the pro shop were top class, very friendly and helpful. I don’t normally lose golf balls but found myself counting how many I had lost afterwards! Haha! The only downside to the round really was the conditions of the greens, forked and sandy, real pity but I’d love another round soon.