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PGA National Slieve Russell

As swashbuckling parklands go , few can match PGA National Slieve Russell as it flashes over a Co . Cavan countryside of rolling hills and lakes . This is one of Ireland ’ s top championship parklands and it has the languid pace and acres of space which make inland golf so very embracing . As part of a resort , with a well known four star hotel , visitors will enjoy superb facilities and a warm welcome . The prize , though , is the par 72 , 6,500 yard course ( middle tees ). The 1st hole eases you in , but that ’ s as generous as it gets … the par four 2nd is Index 1 . It drives over a lake , over a river and doglegs up to a high green . Thereafter the pace rarely eases off .
Paddy Merrigan designed the course in 1992 , employing the hypnotic rolling drumlins and 50 acres of lakes and streams to full and glorious effect . There are countless strong holes but the stretch from 11 to 13 is sensational , with the allure and danger of Lough Rud fully employed . Perhaps the greatest testament to Merrigan ’ s work is that this plush course feels so very natural .