The Island – DG IRELAND TOP150 – 2021
Editor, Kevin Markham
This is a links course of infinite variety and intrigue.
Every hole is different, yet each one bursts with shape and drama.
The old run of eight par fours has gone, following a Mackenzie & Ebert makeover (2020), which introduces two brand new holes (8 & 9) and the integration of the par three 4th next to the sea. You’ll still enjoy long and short holes with blind shots, big dunes, ridges, hollows and endless excitement. You will be absorbed right from the opening tee shot, driving towards the distant sea and Ireland’s Eye.
The back nine are superb as you’re drawn out to the sea for the second time. And this is where you’ll enjoy some of the history of the course, with the 11th named Cricket Field (after Grace, the famous English cricketer) and the 14th tee box being the original foundation for the clubhouse. History, though, should be left till later as The Island tests the very soul of your golfing prowess, while thrilling you step after magical step.
Favourite Hole: So many holes here are exceptional, but the narrowest fairway in Ireland – maybe anywhere – makes the 318 metre par four 14th a beautiful risk/reward hole, with OB down the right.
What’s in the Bag? Intelligence all day long.