ENNISCRONE, COUNTY SLIGO, IRELAND
courtesy Enniscrone Golf Club
rated #13 on Golf Digest Ireland's List of Top 100 Irish Courses.
ENNISCRONE Golf Club
A classic Irish links with 27 holes, Enniscrone is
400 acres of sandy waste land jutting into Killala Bay 30 miles west of
Sligo town in the western extreme of County Sligo near the border with
County Mayo in Northwestern Ireland. The rolling sand dunes that separate the sea
from the course form the perimeter and shape the character of this magnificent links,
which is playable year round. Its location on the Bartragh Peninsula, with grand
views of the Ox Mountains extending across Counties Mayo and Sligo, and the untamed
Atlantic Ocean rolling without interruption from North America makes the Enniscrone
links not only challenging, but also quite scenic (bring your camera!).
nniscrone Golf Club
occupies the prime dunes land of the rugged Bartragh Peninsula
the mouth of River Moy empties into Killala Bay, an eddy of the wild
North Atlantic Ocean. Twenty-seven links holes have been carved
into the property. The original 1918 9-hole track was expanded
to a challenging 18-hole course by architect Eddie Hackett in
1974. At the turn of the 21st century Donald Steel was brought
in to redesign the course, and Enniscrone's 18-hole championship
Dunes Links gained six new hilly dunes holes and a "new" 9-hole
The Bartragh Peninsula IN FAR
WESTERN COUNTY SLIGO
the ideal dunes land for Enniscrone Golf Club.
courtesy Enniscrone Golf Club.
took over six original holes in the
peninsular flats and added three new
holes to complete the evolution
of one of Ireland's least known great championship links courses.
ENNISCRONE Golf Club
Enniscrone, County Sligo, Ireland
Tel: (+353) (0) 96 36297
Fax: (+353) (0) 96 36657
No handicap certification or proof of club
Advance tee times required.
Courses Open & Playable Year Round.
LENGTH & PAR: Dunes
Course - 18 Holes,
7,033 yards, Par 73, SSS 75
6,814 yards, Par 73, SSS 74
6,530 yards, Par 73, SSS 72
6,372 yards, Par 73, SSS 71
5,634 yards, Par 73, SSS 72
GREENS FEES Mid-March
18-Hole Championship Dunes Course (Mo-Fr):
18-Hole Championship Dunes Course (Sa-Su):
9-Hole Scurmore Course
(daily): 20/9-holes; 30/18-holes.
Golf Cart (Buggy): 35/round; reserve
Pull Cart (Trolley): 3.
Club Rental: Yes reserve in
Caddies available on request: 40/senior caddy; 35/junior caddy;
15/player for a fore-caddy. Request in advance.
Practice Putting Green.
Practice Pitching Green.
Clubhouse with Restaurant & Bar.
Visitors' Lockers, showers, towels.
BOOKING OF TEE TIMES
(required in advance):
Tel: (+353) (0)
Fax: (+353) (0)
Card information necessary to hold booking. 25% of greens fee
charged to your credit card to secure your tee-time booking.
NOTE: Booking On-Line for The Dunes Course
reduces greens fees 10/round.
CANCELLATIONS & NO-SHOWS:
Cancellations without penalty of existing
outside of 28 days prior to play. Cancellations within 28 days of
play suffer a
25% green fee penalty charge (loss of deposit). No-shows
(without notice of cancellation)
are penalized 100% of greens fees.
HOME AT FIRST make your tee-time reservations
at Enniscrone Golf Club
as part of your
next trip to Ireland. There is no service fee for this service!
The course is just off the R297, Enniscrone road,
1/4 mile west of
Enniscrone (aka Inishcrone) town. Ballina (County Mayo)
is 8 miles south. Sligo
(county town of County Sligo) 33 miles east. Ireland West Airport at Knock,
County Mayo, is 34 miles
HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS:
just north of
the Rosses Point Peninsula and west
of the village of Carney approximately
75 minutes east of the course.
Also in County Donegal about 130 minutes
northeast of the course.
OTHER REGIONAL COURSES OF
County Sligo (Rosses Point):
County Sligo, tough, scenic peninsular course
near Sligo town, 65 minutes east of
Enniscrone. Rated #11 on Golf Digest
Ireland's "2012 Top 100 Irish Golf Courses".
Carne Golf Links,
Belmullet, far northwestern County Mayo, about 90 minutes
west of Enniscrone. Eddie Hackett's
last course design, and one of his best.
Ballyconneely, far western County Galway, about 2 hours
southwest of Enniscrone. Another
splendid Eddie Hackett 27-hole links course.
quality, historic Harry Vardon links 20 miles north of Rosses Point
on Rt. 15 in Bundoran, County Donegal.
Donegal (Murvagh): Long,
scenic, and, especially when windy, difficult links 5
miles south of Donegal town on
the Murvagh Peninsula in County Donegal 45
minutes north of Rosses Point.
An Eddie Hackett masterpiece rated #16 on Golf
Digest Ireland's "2012 Top
100 Irish Golf Courses".
Golf has been played on the dunes at Enniscrone since 1918. The
original 9-hole links at Enniscrone was expanded in 1974 when minimalist
Eddie Hackett designed a 18-hole
links across the rugged dunelands. Like all of
courtesy Donegal Golf Club.
Hacketts low-cost designs (including the wonderful links
courses at Murvagh and Connemara, and the parkland course at Nenagh) the resulting championship course at
Enniscrone offers a challenging array of interesting holes that requires a full bag of
clubs to negotiate.
A modest, religious man, Hackett, interviewed
shortly before his death in 1996 for the book Links of Heaven (by Richard Phinney
and Scott Whitley, Baltray Books, Ogdensburg, NY) said, "Ive been very lucky in
my life. Most people never get to design a links. Ive done ten. When Im
out (on the course) I pray to the Lord to
give me the light
to do whats right."
The Lord apparently heard Hacketts prayer
when he was stepping off the 18 holes at Enniscrone. Its meager cost to the club belies
the quality of the resulting course. Played from the back blue tees, Enniscrone deserves its
championship moniker. From the whites, yellows, and the forward greens and reds the course modifies its
configuration appropriately for shorter hitters, but still requires shot making in
conditions often tight, usually windy, and always rolling. Typical of an Eddie Hackett
course, Enniscrone offers numerous elevated tees to show off the grand peninsular
geography, and, perhaps, distract the golfer from the task at hand. Another Hackett
signature are the four exquisite par-3s on Enniscrone, which serve to reinforce the
idea that links golf is not about length, but all about shot making.
In the years since we last visited Enniscrone,
the course has changed again and not simply tinkered with. When we heard that fully
1/3 of the course had been replaced with six new holes, we feared the worst. Old Eddie was
barely cold in the ground when Enniscrone retired Hacketts first six
holes using them as part of a new 9-hole links course ("Scurmore") and
replaced them with six new holes carved among more rugged undeveloped dunes on the
peninsula. We feared the ambitions of little-known Enniscrone town to become northwestern
Irelands leading entry in the proverbial "best new seaside resort"
fixation in the British Isles would convert Hacketts sublime vision of a course that
fit the site nobly to a new-fangled gimmicky golf amusement park. Then we heard that
Donald Steel was to design the new holes.
Steel, if you dont know, is a Scottish
golf architect with a penchant for links courses, and a philosophy for minimal
environmental intrusion that would have done old Eddie Hackett proud. Steels been
lauded for his design of the Carnegie Castle links course at Skibo Castle near Dornoch,
Scotland. Hes also directed redesigns at Turnberry (Scotland) and Royal County Down
(Ireland), and serves as a design consultant for the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St.
Andrews. Donald Steels six new holes among the dunes of Enniscrone, eliminate what
had been the weakest part of Hacketts design and compliment the final twelve of the
course, Hacketts best work. The resulting revision, now called "The Dunes"
course, can rightfully be called new and improved.
THE COURSE & SOME NOTABLE HOLES
ENNISCRONE GOLF CLUB 3rd HOLE 'DEVLIN', PAR
3, 208 YDS, #16 HANDICAP
ESPITE the fact that Enniscrone has
hosted the Men's and Ladies' Irish Close and the West of Ireland Championship, the course
remains one of Irelands least known great links courses. The course features three
par-5s in the first seven holes (and 5 par-5s overall). While these can be
very challenging in
rough weather, the first classic holes are
two new back-to-back par-4s: the 450-yard-long 5th (#2 handicap) and the
424-yard-long 6th (#4 handicap). A high tee at the par-4 10th (#5
handicap) with views over Killala Bay and the Ox Mountains kicks off the
back nine dramatically. Enniscrone's great finishing holes begin with
the punishing par-4 12th (#3 handicap). Number 14 (542 yards) is
Enniscrones most difficult par-5 (#7 handicap), with a green sloping
away from the approach. The toughest hole on the course is the par-4
15th with a 3-level green following 421 yards through sharply undulating
dunes. Even the "easier" holes leave no margin for error, like the tight
149-yard, par-3 17th (#17 handicap) which requires a shot toward the
ocean from an elevated tee to a tiny green. What follows is a glimpse of
challenging holes, but, flatly, every hole is a new adventure now at the "new
and improved" Enniscrone.
ENNISCRONE GOLF CLUB 5th HOLE:
PAR 4, 450 YDS, #2 HANDICAP
Two precise shots are required to reach and hold a green protected with
CLUB 6th HOLE
PAR 4, 424 YDS, #4 HANDICAP
Before considering the approach to the elevated green, deep fairway
bunkers lie in wait.
ENNISCRONE GOLF CLUB 10th HOLE
PAR 4, 359 YDS, #5 HANDICAP
Don't let the view distract you dangerous bunkers lurk in the fairway
and by the green.
CLUB 12th HOLE
PAR 4, 345 YDS, #3 HANDICAP
Not long, but tight. Be precise here or pay serious consequences for
missing the fairway or green.
#14 'Valley of Diamonds'
CLUB 14th HOLE
PAR 5, 542 YDS, #7 HANDICAP
While not the longest of the five par-5s, par at #14 requires a finer
degree of accuracy.
CLUB 15th HOLE
PAR 4, 421 YDS, #1 HANDICAP
Length, a sloping green, and openness to Atlantic winds make
#15 the toughest hole at Enniscrone.
CLUB 17th HOLE
PAR 3, 149 YDS, #17 HANDICAP
A short par-3 made intimidating by a tight green and notorious ocean
County Sligo is best known for
its favorite son, W. B. (William Butler) Yeats, the Irish poet and playwright whose
literary artistry reflected
and inspired Irish nationalism during the first decades of the
His gravesite is near Carney just 5 minutes north of Sligo town.
is characterized by dramatic landscapes and seascapes. Villages and towns are few and far between
in this underpopulated part of Ireland. Walking the hills, fishing the streams,
lakes and sea, shopping for authentic Irish crafts and woolens, pursuing Irish ancestral
roots, and playing championship golf linkses are excellent reasons for visiting this part
Visitors will be impressed by the friendly welcome they receive everywhere in
Irelands great northwest.
Northwestern Ireland is blessed with some of Irelands most dramatic
scenery where Ireland girds itself against the relentless forces of the
Atlantic. Its people are equally hardy, but also welcoming and a little
shy. The further north and west you go the more Gaelic you will hear
spoken, and the more turf fires you will smell.
Touring here is the
primary activity for visitors, but the region properly draws numerous fishermen and hikers.
Theres great seafood on the menu, along with many traditional, local delicacies. For
a change of pace, its easy to cross into western Northern Ireland from Counties
Donegal and Sligo, if only to visit the Belleek Pottery factory near Enniskillen in County
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