94 THE ISLAND

Architect: F Hawtree
2006 position: 92
Stats: 6,312 yds; par 71; SSS 73
GF: €70-€135
T: 00353 1 8436 205
W: theislandgolfclub.com

The course opens with eight straight par 4s, which feel quite enclosed as one interesting hole in its own valley follows another.

The back nine opens with a wonderful par 5, a real gem, and the closing six holes are all memorable.

The 13th is similar to “Calamity” at Royal Portrush, then you have the narrowest fairway in Ireland at 14 followed by a wonderful par 5 played into a superb valley from a high tee.

The new par-3 16th is followed by two excellent, long par 4s.

There are some superb views of the estuary, and particularly of the quaint town and marina at Malahide. SP

+ Excellent set of par 3s; a great back nine
– Greens not as good as they might be; quite pricey

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