The Smurfit Golf Course
A links course at the heart of the country
The original idea of the Smurfit Golf Course, also known as the "South" or the "New Course", was to create a complete contrast to the existing Palmer Course. The Smurfit crosses the River Liffey and is reminiscent of a dune or water landscape, blown together with the classic links course. Four small islands were even created for the protection of waterfowl on this master golf course. The most spectacular holes are without a doubt the third, fourth and seventh, as well as holes 16-18.
The Palmer Golf Course
The Palmer Course was the venue for the 36th Ryder Cup matches in 2006 and was naturally designed to be fantastic. You will either love or hate this course – the latter even more so on days when your swing has deserted you. The holes here are rather daunting. At the 7th, a par 5 awaits, with a double dogleg and multiple hazards. Trees, water, bunkers and rough all surround the green, which is bounded by the River Liffey at both sides.
Design: Arnold Palmer
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