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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 .

The Island

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 .