Ardglass Golf Course Review

Par 70, 6268 yards, links

With views of the rugged and beautiful coastline from every hole and the Mourne Mountains providing a picture-postcard backdrop, Ardglass Golf Club was established in 1896 by a group of men who met in the stables that were located at the rear of the presenclubhouse. The beginning was quite humble, just seven holes laid out on some 20 acres of ground in the area in front of the clubhouse. Two years later it was extended to nine holes. It was unchanged for more than 70 years until the club bought more land and extended it to 18 holes. In the 1990s additional land overlooking Coney Island was acquired and the layout was changed to its present design.

The 2nd hole is a 167-yard par 3 that will take your breath away. From the tee, you play to a green located at the other side of a huge gorge where the waves crash in hundreds of feet below.

The 7th is another par 3, this time measuring 215 yards - it seems straightforward enough, but there will usually be a strong crosswind. An old cottage lies to the right of the green, behind which there is a wall.

The 9th is a par 5. It is 527 yards and is one of the more straightforward holes on the course, providing you put your approach on the right part of the green. 

The 15th is a 491-yard, par 5, that is short by today's standards, but the fairway is narrow and features a series of bunkers running up the right-hand side.

The 16th is a 422-yard, par 4, where the outstanding feature, once again, is a series of bunkers, two lying about 50 yards short of the green, two more cutting into the front. 

The 18th hole has a three-tiered tee. From the back, the hole measures just 345 yards, but out of bounds lurks on the left, while the fairway slopes left to right towards the rough. A great, scenic closing hole.
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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.