Connemara Golf Course Review

Par 72, 6,569 yards, links

Connemara is just about the most westerly point in Europe. It is a stunning part of Northwest Ireland, where this particular tour is based, blessed with a plethora of lochs and lakes, and the Twelve Bens mountain range.

Connemara is located between the 12 Bens Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, and it is a rugged and beautiful place to enjoy links golf at its best. 

The 1st hole is a 381-yard dogleg, with a water hazard close to the green and three bunkers to the left of the putting surface.  

The 3rd hole is a par 3. It is 164 yards, with a water hazard to the right, three greenside bunkers and water at the back of the green.  

The 7th is a 573-yard par 5, with a narrow fairway, gorse, dunes and six bunkers around the green - a precision drive is an absolute must. 

The 11th is a 193-yard par 3, and what a challenge it presents - you can't be short because if you are then you will either end up in a bunker or a swale; and you can't be long because there is all sorts of rubbish at the back of the green. So get the club selection right.  

The 13th measures 445 yards and is the toughest hole on the course. It is a gentle dogleg where, once again, gorse and thick rough is to be avoided. An approach to the right of the green will feed towards the hole.  

Measuring 412 yards, the 15th is a rare beast - there are no bunkers, but the fairway is narrow and the green is in a natural amphitheater 

Finally the 526-yard, 18th hole - a gentle dogleg to the right with a stream splitting the fairway and five greenside bunkers beyond.

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Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.