The Island Golf Club - Par 71 - 6,826 Yards
The Island is a traditional links in splendid isolation surrounded by the Irish Sea, Donabate beach and the Broadmoor estuary. Undoubtedy one of the most underrated links courses in Ireland, The Island has been selected to host the Irish qualifying section of the British Open from 2005-2010.
Although there are several short par-4s, the Island always presents a challenge to find the fairway from the tee and then to find the traget. A variety of shots are required and the wind will add to the difficulty.
The pick of the holes on the outward half are the par-4 third and seventh holes. The fourth is 396 yards and requires an accurate drive to the centre of the fairway before a long iron or fairway wood to the two tiered green that throws any stray shot to the right. The seventh is an excellent dogleg with another accurate approach required to a green protected on the right and back by thick gorse bushes while the left side falls away leaving a difficul up and down.
The inwared half opens with a par-5 that can tempt longer hitter to flirt with the OOB on the left. The 14th also has an intimidating drive to a narrow fairway with a water hazard on the right. More trouble threatens the right hand side of the 17th tee-shot and the 18th is a calssic finishing hole, 421 yards in lenght with a drive played through a valley before opening to an elevated green that is the largest on the course.
A testing links challenege, The Island is a golf course that you do not want to miss.
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