Enniscrone Golf Club - Par 73 - 6,857 Yards
Enniscrone used to be a very good links. Since 2001, when three new holes were added and the weakest of the old holes removed, Enniscrone is now a great links! This golf course can legitimately compete for top ratings in Irish links golf.
Enniscrone features rugged dunes and the estuary of the River Moy as it flows to the Atlantic Ocean, all set against the backdrop of the Nephin and Ox Mountains. A spectacluar golf course in spectacular surroundings.
From the moment you arrive at Enniscrone there is an air of speciality about the place. Former Irish international, Noel Fogarty would approve of the opening hole - it begs to be played. The tee-shot is played parallel to the entrance road to somewhere in front of the clubhouse. The further left the better for an approach that is pictured left. The elevated green is protected on both sides by sand hills and the margin for error is not that large.
The next hole is a tricky dogleg par-5 (green pictured left) that is followed by a lovely par-3 where correct club selection is crucial. Heading away from the sea the tough par-5 fourth requires accuracy before an approach to a smaller two-tiered green (pictured below).
The next three holes traverse the inner part of the course and require good accuracy to find the greens. The par-5 seventh features cross bunkers the entire width of the fairway to catch the misjudged second shot, and the approach crosses a valley that makes finding the green very challenging.
The par-3 eighth is a classic short links hole, requiring a tee-shot to carry three cross bunkers to find a gently sloping green. The course has now reached the River Moy and the narrow ninth follows its bank on the left hand side to another bunker protected green.
The 10th continues in a similar vein before you reach the super par-3 11th. A good tee-shot is required to an elevated green that will test the best putting skills. The 12th is a fearsome dogleg that requires a good drive to its corner - anything too left ends up in a large ravine - before an approach to the green (pictured left) over the same ravine. The next is a terrific short par-4 - the green cannot be seen but is reachable on a direct line over the mound. A safer strategy may be to play to the bottom of the hill - a long iron may suffice - and have a straightforward pitch into the green.
The 14th is a good par-5 that takes you back to the ocean for the final holes home. The fifteenth (pictured right) is a great par-4 with a long green of three levels that can only be seen from the right half of the fairway. The par-5 16th continues along the ocean with a precise approach required to an elevated green that is wide but very shallow. And then the marvellous 17th - perched in the very corner of the course and just 145 yards from the tee. This is a golf challenge - exposed to the wind, the green the only safe place to be - one good shot required!
The final hole takes us past the back of the clubhouse. A straight drive over the sand hills will leave a decent approach and a good chance to finish strongly.
Enniscrone is a magical links experience. From the opening approach it provides a links challenge of the highest quality, some supremely memorable golf holes and will reward those that play and cocentrate well. Of all the great links in Ireland, Enniscrone is likely to remain a solid contender for most memorable.
Quotes and Comments
"A pleasing feature is the variety. As well as holes in the open flatland there will be those ranging through the sand dunes with the occasional dog-leg adding to the attraction."
Eddie Hackett - Course Designer
"...an undiscovered gem of a links in the far North-West, a course with some amazing holes"
Peter Dobereiner - Golf Journalist
Another of the West's gems - this course should not be left out of any serious golfers tour. A group of us from London played here on Friday 21st Sept 01...First time to play since remodelling and we can say without fear of contradiction that it is now a truly fantastic course. We had a wonderful time and everyone raved about the condition of the course and the hospitality and friendliness of the Staff. Can't wait to get back.
Tom Beisty (from GolfEurope.com)
First played this Eddie Hackett marvel in 1997, and am still shaken by the experience. The holes gradually unfold into a dramatic symphonic crescendo through the blessed dune-lands, which from the opening four or five holes appears on the horizon like the Pyramids at Giza. In the golden light, it is difficult to concentrate on the golf at hand, but you shall, because you realise you are in the holy land! Numbers 8,9,10, and especially 16, stand out as remarkable. The welcome we received in the clubhouse (after playing with a member), was warm, memorable, and genuine! The village of Enniscrone will charm you as well. Wonderful pubs!
Paul Westland (from GolfEurope.com)
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Enniscrone Golf Club was announced as the inner of the Connaught AIB Club of the Year Award in 2002 for Clubhouse and Course presentation.
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