1That this course is designed for the average golfer as well as the low handicapper becomes evident on this opening par 4. Here, the risk / reward theme sets the scene for many of t3Dog legged left and slightly downhill, a good drive to centre fairway sets up your approach to the green. But don’t be short with your second as a low run in shot has to negotiat4A walk along the lake bordering the 18th tee and through high gorse on the 9th finally brings you to the 4th tee.
A spinney, small drain, shrubs, pond and bunkers come into play5This demanding par 3 requires a good tee shot over a picturesque but intimidating stretch of water.
The elevated green is guarded by bunkers and mounding to left & right.Being t6The first par 5 calls for a good tee shot, the penalties for inaccuracy being a large shrubbery and out of bounds on your right and mounds, long grass and a fairway bunker to your 7Balcarrick members have understandably named this short par 3 as their own “Amen Corner”, with a lake directly fronting the green, not unlike the 16th at Augusta.
For the le8The 2nd par 5 on the front nine, requires an accurate tee shot, with most of the trouble in the form of a drain and out of bounds being on the right. Setting up your approach to gr9The index 1 par 4 9th presents a very tough challenge in terms of length and avoiding trouble.
A tee shot to the fairway will keep you well away from water hazards on both sides10A straight forward risk / reward decision is required as to whether to opt to drive for ace or eagle or lay up before the water and go for par or birdie.
It is not a long hole b11The index 2 par 4 11th presents you with a tricky dog leg left, with long rough, mounds and out of bounds to your left off the tee. Accuracy off the tee is demanded from long hitte12With views of Lambay Island in the background, an offline drive will be penalised by heavy rough, mounds and thick gorse shrubberies.
Your approach to green needs to be on targe13A straight forward hole with no unexpected trouble – just make sure to keep away from the shrubberies and spinneys to left and right. Accuracy with your approach shot to the elev14The large pond on the right comes into play for long hitters off the tee.
The aesthetics on the approach shot typify Balcarrick’s trademark as “a link between water, the sea15Trees and shrubbery on the left. The out of bounds on the right and some troublesome mounding means danger for tee shots that don’t maYour second shot must again avoid trouble le16This short index 16 par 3, with a view of Malahide estuary behind the tee (photo left), has no apparent trouble but wind can make it deceptive.
With bunkers well placed to catch17The last par 5 tees off from an elevated position overlooking a reeded lake.
Most of the trouble is on the right in the form of a reeded drain, mounds, spinney and long grass.
18Reasonably tough and slightly doglegged, you have to clear the reeded lake to make the fairway Most of the trouble is on the right where inaccuracy will be penalised by mounding, s
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