Where are your Top 3 Irish Golf Holes?
Dooley noted has decided that for all the Irish Golf Courses I (John Dooley) have played over the past 30 years golfing. I would like to share my top 3 Irish golf holes. The holes are at the following Irish Golf Courses, Old Head Golf Links, Lahinch Golf Club & Waterville Golf Links.
Lahinch Golf Club, 6th hole.
Starting with Lahinch Golf Club. The 6th at Lahinch golf club is my favourite hole in golf that I have ever played. Notably, a good tee shot to the right side of the fairway would be ideal. Indeed, there are flatter lies more often to the right side of the fairway. If you are a strong hitter of the ball, play a tee shot to be short of hell bunker. The fairway runs into a hell of a bunker approx. 270 yards from the white tee.
Also, I like to play my approach shot to the left centre of the green. The green has two levels and slopes from back to front. There is really no room for error missing the green left or right. May I add, the bunkers on the right side of the green are treacherous and please avoid! I really like the expanding view of the Atlantic ocean as I walk from the peak of the fairway down towards the green.
Old Head Golf Links, the Razor’s Edge 4th hole.
The 4th Hole at Old Head! Hitting the ball left off the tee is as good as dead in the Atlantic Ocean. Again, surprisingly a lefty approach shot is not good and the ball maybe above your feet if you are too far to the right of the fairway. If your shot is going left, then as you can see, that ball is in the Atlantic Ocean. The green is approx 45 yards in length and narrows in shape. The 1st part and 2nd part of the green slopes from right to left or to the ocean! However, if you are a little to the right of the green, your ball may bounce off the wall and head into the ocean.
My ideal line off the tee is to try hitting for between the bunkers to the right centre side of the fairway. Also, you do need to play a precise 2nd shot to finish below the hole to give yourself a realistic chance of birdie! Finally, if your fairway or rough lie is uneven and lying poorly, then I would suggest to play short of the green and give yourself a good chance of a chip and a putt!
What I like about the hole is how the sea, the ocean, the cliffs to left and cliff face to the right of the hole with the backdrop of the lighthouse. Clearly, hitting the ball close to the hole with your approach shot is difficult. For me, this hole is all about a relative easy tee shot. But its all about the quality of the second shot, indeed distance control and shot accuracy are essential to making a birdie.
Waterville Golf Links, Mulcahy’s Peak 17th hole.
Simply, a great par 3 and obviously the wind direction and strength are major factors in club selection. Without a dought, the hole requires a brilliant shot to hit the ball close to the hole.
Since the tee boxes are located at a higher point than the green, the hole can play a little less than the yardage. The hole plays from 195 to 150 yards depending on the tees that you are playing from. I find that since the green slopes from back to front and it’s hard to find a straight putt! Should you miss the green to the left or right, short or long? You will need to play your best chip shot to leave the ball dead at the hole. Also, a tee shot into the wind can add or subtract up to 3 or 5 clubs more or less than what you would normally play.
How often do you need some luck to win a hole in a golf match? Clearly, the dreaded 3-foot putt is not a gimme and I am not a giver! Such as the reasons why I like the 17th green at Waterville so much. I have been very lucky often on the 17th hole! I would love to say that I made a hole in one there, however that is not the case. But, I have hit some of my best golf shots and rolled in the odd putt. The hole is beautifully set against the backdrop of the Mountains along the Kerry Way. Finally, I think the 17th hole at Waterville is great, it’s fun and I try to save my best shot of the day for lucky number 17!
What are your top 3 Irish golf holes?
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