87 Carne

Architect: Hackett
Stats: 6,339 yds, par 72, SSS 71
GF: €35-€65
Visitor information: Visitors welcome 364 days a year
W: carnegolflinks.com
2008 Ranking: 83 (Down 4)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: New number 9 ongoing
Clubhouse: Bar & Restaurant now franchised and operated by award-winning Chef John Conmy

Carne, which opened in 1993 near Belmullet in County Mayo, was Eddie Hackett’s final design. The Irishman’s insistence on a ‘least disturbance’ approach has resulted in a series of spectacular back-nine holes threading their way through the dunes. Among them is the 16th – ‘Wild Orchid’ – one of the most steeply downhill par 3s on any links.

Panellists’ comments: “Wonderfully twistyrouting that features some madcap holes”; “Rugged, untamed and unabashed”

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