County Sligo Golf Course Review

Par 71, 6,817 yards, links

The course is host to the West of Ireland Championship and is one of the best links layouts in Europe. The existing design remains largely the work of Harry Colt, who redesigned it in the 1920s. Only the beaches at the foot of the cliffs separate the course from the Atlantic Ocean, with Benbulben Mountain as a spectacular backdrop.  

One of the best holes on the course is the 2nd. It may measure just 305 yards, but it plays severely uphill and the panoramic view from the green is amazing.  

The 3rd and 5th holes offer downhill tee shots, with the chance to pick up shots. 

The hardest hole on the course is the 7thmeasuring 393 yards. It looks straightforward enough but a brook in front of the green provides a real challenge.  

The par 4, 14th measures 431 yards, and is one of Tom Watson's favorite golf holes.  

Your drive at the 407-yard, 15th has to carry the dunes to find the fairway, with the beach waiting to claim any wayward shot.  

The 17th hole is a heck of a par 4. It measures 465 yards and is played to green that lies in a natural amphitheater.

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Dereck 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.