The 150 yard marker at Dromoland Castle Golf Club
The Irish Club Professional Tournament is set to return to Dromoland Castle golf club in May.
The Ron Kirby & J.B. Carr designed course will once again host the 36-hole professional only event on Wednesday May 16 and Thursday May 17 which will feature a prize fund of €13,000.
Last week, this mid level handicapper was invited to play the course and review same for this column.
What a day it was. Having received a warm welcome from Mark Reynolds before teeing off, the course was in immaculate condition.
Dromoland is a course for all and every single club in your bag is needed to navigate the Par 72 parkland located just off the M18.
Driving out the new look motorway one could be forgiven for thinking that there isn't much on the road to Galway. However, tucked away off of junction 11, is a golf course that has been built to test all abilities of golfers.
The opening hole, in this ‘hackers’ opinion is one of the toughest par fours around. There is no lulling you into a false sense of security here, with a handy two points for the card.
The second is a hole, like many others in Dromoland where you can almost forget to play your shot, such is the vista. Standing on the back of the second green, you can look out over the lake, as well as at the challenging par 3 ahead.
Just when you are getting comfortable with your swing, a long par five, followed by a tight par four, meanders into another tough par 5 and we are still only on the front nine.
The signature hole, the seventh, is a short par 3, but that is where the simplicity ends. What a golf hole.
As you head back to the clubhouse where you can smell lunch waiting for you, you have a drive-able ninth and 10th holes. They are risk reward, but at this point, the testosterone is up and you think (well I) that you are Rory McIlroy.
Having finished the front nine you can see clearly why the course was voted in the Top 50 courses in Ireland by Top100GolfCourses, and featured in Irish Golfer’s Top Parkland List.
The back nine is even more challenging and comes to a fabulous finish at the 18th. (Who put that tree there) The par 4,4,3,5 finish will challenge many a card, but as with the front nine, the course and surroundings make for a perfect day out.
Talk to one of the team, by email Golf@dromoland.ie or call 061-368444.