Enniscrone GC was founded in 1918, but it wasn’t until 1974 when a newly renovated course designed by the legendary Eddie Hackett opened that Enniscorne really came to notice. Later again ( 1999), Donald Steel was brought in to re route holes through the large dunes, and in doing so Steel created the second course called the Scurmore Course as well.
Located right on the Moy estuary in some enormous dunes, Enniscrone is both pretty and pretty challenging.
After a flat opening tee shot on the opening par 4 dogleg first hole, the first approach shot is played to a green nestled in a ring of dunes. Thereafter the first 4 holes traverse some dramatic sand dunes, until suddenly the fifth holes takes you out onto flatter terrain again- but only for a few holes…
Hole 8 is a delightful downhill, downwind par 3- but then the ninth and tenth holes play along the estuary- with the wind off the water, and the dunes along the right side of the fairway it may take all of your concentration to hit the short grass. Then the par 3 eleventh hole takes you back into the serious dunes. With the inevitable wind off the sea, and a big fall off on the front right of the green, it is a challenging and picturesque hole.
For me the highlight of the round was the back to back short blind par fours at twelve and thirteen. If the lovely quiet dunes holes from the fifth to the tenth suited a 'moonlight sonata' soundtrack, then perhaps 12 & 13 would require the 1812 Overture played with gusto!
The dunes are huge and the fairways positively pitch and heave. Twelve goes left and thirteen goes right. Find the short grass off the tee and you will have a very satisfying approach shot.
The amazing green on 12 is a slender ledge cut into the front of a large dune and falls away significantly at the front. You need an accurate short iron in.
Thirteen has a roly poly green which is just a flick in from a fairway hit- it’s a real birdie chance, but you must hit the fairway off the tee…
The run home is an adventure in high octane links golf through some wonderful dunes. Fourteen is a short par 5 with a very tricky green. Fifteen is a long par 4 with green tucked away to the left- it is rated the hardest hole on the course.
Sixteen is another picturesque par 5- don’t forget to look back up the fairway after putting out- it’s gorgeous.
Seventeen is a short par 3 downhill, downwind, and it requires a deft touch to hit this green and stay on.
The closing hole is a longer par 4 and a quality finish. A par here is well earned, and a great way to finish
Enniscrone is a joy to play.
Don’t miss the opportunity if you are in the area.
We rate it a Travelling Golfer "must play!"
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