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Archive for 'Road Holes'

Mystic Links of Ireland: Trip Postscript

Mystic Links of Ireland: Trip Postscript

(Last of an 11-part series) It has been a challenge in this two-dimensional space to provide a full appreciation of the spectacular Irish golf links. One needs to experience them in the third dimension, walk the [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Ballybunion

Mystic Links of Ireland: Ballybunion

(Tenth of an 11-part series) BALLYBUNION, County Kerry, Ireland — Word of advice, as the Ballybunion starter needs to tell countless first-timers playing the legendary course, stay left of the cemetery on your opening drive. Not [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Dooks

Mystic Links of Ireland: Dooks

(Ninth of an 11-part series) GLENBEIGH, County Kerry, Ireland — Dooks Golf Links has been a golfing institution around here for 128 years, one of the oldest in all of Ireland. By next summer, the course [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Dingle

Mystic Links of Ireland: Dingle

(Eighth of an 11-part series) BALLYFERRITER, County Kerry, Ireland — Back in the late 1970s, when acclaimed Irish golf course designer Eddie Hackett added nine more holes to finish off Dingle Golf Links, all he might [...]

Mystic links of Ireland: Waterville

Mystic links of Ireland: Waterville

(Seventh of an 11-part series) WATERVILLE, County Kerry, Ireland — Somewhere under all those unruly dunes, all that rocky terrain and all the wanton grassy underdeveloped property along the Atlantic Ocean was a world-class golf course. [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Adare Manor

Mystic Links of Ireland: Adare Manor

(Sixth of an 11-part series) ADARE, County Limerick, Ireland — Three years ago, the Adare Manor golf course, designed by renowned American architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., was considered the best parkland course in Ireland. The [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Trump Doonbeg

Mystic Links of Ireland: Trump Doonbeg

(Fifth of an 11-part series) DOUGHMORE BAY, County Clare, Ireland — To appreciate the essence of Doonbeg Golf Club and understand how it has emerged as one of the world’s great links resorts, credit needs to [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Spanish Point

Mystic Links of Ireland: Spanish Point

(Fourth of an 11-part series) MILLTOWN MALBAY, County Clare, Ireland — For those who have played the hidden and humble gem of a golf course, Spanish Point Golf Club, you should consider yourself fortunate. You survived. [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Lahinch

Mystic Links of Ireland: Lahinch

(Third of an 11-part series) LAHINCH, County Clare, Ireland — Sometimes, you can just feel history. It’s beneath your feet as you take an 18-hole walk-around the venerable 125-year-old Lahinch Golf Club in southwest Ireland. It’s [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Tralee Golf Links

Mystic Links of Ireland: Tralee Golf Links

(Second of an 11-part series) WEST BARROW, Ardfert, County Kerry, Ireland — From the moment you step onto the grounds of Tralee Golf Links you feel the presence of the golfing legend Arnold Palmer. The first [...]