11 LAHINCH – Old

Architect: T Morris
2006 position: 11
Stats: 6,613 yds; par 72; SSS 73
GF: €165-€205
T: 00353 65 708 1003
W: lahinchgolf.com

Martin Hawtree’ s brief was to reinstate as much of the 1920s Alistair MacKenzie redesign as possible, a task he completed in 2003.

The links is full of humps and hollows and boasts a number of expertly-placed bunkers to catch out wayward shots.

I wasn’t sure about the par-5 4th hole, where you have to play a blind second over a large sandhill and through the 18th fairway to reach the green.

But the 12th is a great par 5, running along the estuary and the course has a very strong finish from the 14th in.

There are excellent views of the sea, nearby beaches, the estuary and headlands. SP

+ Inspiring views; excellent recent Hawtree renovation work
– Some holes cross each other; a number of blind shots

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