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Favourite Hole
The par four 10th is just 323 metres . You drive into a narrowing fairway consumed by trees . The green sits up high and ancient trees stand around it like guardians .


There are courses in Ireland that simply don ’ t get the recognition they deserve . Birr is one such course . It uses the tumbling and naturally rhythmic eskers of Co . Offaly to magnificent effect … and it has been doing so since 1893 . You can find yourself plunging over them , like a swelling sea , or being channelled between them with the green achingly attractive in the distance . The course also promises plenty of deep woods along the perimeter and tree-lined corridors to give definition . It makes Birr an exceptionally colourful round of golf . The stunning par threes are a case in point but there are so many good holes here that
What ’ s in the Bag ?
Restraint . A driver can be more trouble than it ’ s worth so rein in your ambition and enjoy the rewards that come from strategic play .
singling out a few is almost unfair . The run from the 10th to the 15th , however , is outstanding , with holes 14 and 15 being back-toback par threes of 163 and 154 metres , respectively . Holes 10 , 11 and 12 embrace the forest .
What is particularly memorable is the visual appeal that greets you on every tee . The shapes and movement of holes make them fun to play - even when shots are blind - and while it may only be a par 70 it doesn ’ t lack in length . Golfers who like to flash the driver will be in their element .