Dooks, opened at the end of the 19th century and is one of Ireland?s oldest courses. It might not be the overbearing threat of a modern layout but accuracy is the name of the game.
The word Dooks in Gaelic means rabbit warren and anyone who launches it off line will think they’ve entered some strange animal kingdom. So our advice would be keep it on the straight and narrow and you’ll find the course is one of the most pleasurable links layouts in Ireland.
Warm up well before starting as the 1st and 2nd holes are as challenging as any on the whole course. From the tee on the 419 yards 1st the drive is seaward to an elevated fairway. This one usually plays into the wind so nobody’s too upset at starting with a bogey.
The 300 yards 2nd is another test, though this time the wind should be at your back. The short signature 13th, nicknamed the ?Saucer?, is another test of accuracy and nerve. Golfers should pause to admire some spectacular scenery: on one side are the swirling waters of the Atlantic – on the other are the famous McGillycuddy Reeks, the highest group of mountains in Ireland before blasting one off towards the green.
Players should also keep an eye out for the club pet ? the Natterjack Toad ? which lurks around the 15th, 16th and 17th holes. The Natterjack, with its distinctive yellow stripe down its spine, is a protected species and Dooks is one of its few remaining habitats in Ireland. Club members say a sighting is guaranteed to improve your game.
Best Hole: The 13th is a beautiful hole with breathtaking views but beware the green tricky green.