Good opening hole requiring accurate tee shot favouring right side of fairway. A well placed bunker left of green will catch anything short and left, and a swale on the right hand side leaves a tricky chip. Par is always a great start.
Par five which when wind allows can be reachable in two shots for the longer hitters. OB left and hidden bunkers short left and greenside right await though, so a short wedge third shot might be preferable to a green which slopes from front to back.
Tough par 4, normally into prevailing wind. A solid drive favouring right hand side of fairway, leaves a long iron second to big sloping green with a cavernous bunker on the right. Congratulate yourself if you make par here.
The beginning of the MacKenzie part of the course, with Muskerry’s feature hole. A long par three, with over 190yards carry to the centre. The wind needs to be taken into account here and a good strategy is to play to the front left of the green, over the bunker, irrespective of flag position. A super hole and a par to cherish.
Par 5 where tee shot needs to favour the left side of a sloping fairway. Two well placed bunkers 50 yds short of the green collect the errant shot, while roll offs right and back of green can leave a tricky chip. A good strategy hole.
Uphill par 4, with a blind tee shot. Aim for the green, but beware of a grass bunker some 100yrds short of the green on left of fairway.A shot iron approach to a relatively flat green. Ensure you check the wind direction before a short iron approach to a relatively flat green, should yield a par.
One of the best views in Muskerry , all along the Lee Valley and the Kerry hills in the distance. Take time to ‘smell the flowers’ before hitting your tee shot over the corner of the ditch to the big tree in the distance. A downhill shot to a big green guarded by bunker on the left and OB ditch on the right. The marker pole is a good line to the middle.
A tough, long par four, with a left to right sloping fairway. Aim up th left, and you will have a flat lie, with a mid to long iron approach, to a green with a severe fall off right.Check your yardage as this green has a false front….
Another glorious view, of the lower holes and the clubhouse in the distance. A good drive , aimed at the right hand tree will funnel into the fairway. Make sure to keep the second shot towards the bunker on the right and hope a good bounce will get you to the sloping green. Good birdie opportunity.
Good par four, needs a tee shot to skirt the trees on the right and avoid the ‘Tramline’ in the left rough. An accurate second is required to carry the fairway bunker to a long green flanked by two more bunkers. Subtle breaks await on the green too.
Muskerry’s index one and a source of many a ruined card! A long drive, usually into the prevailing wind, is needed to set up the second shot , over the river, to a green tight by the forest on the left. Laying up is often the best option, leaving a short third shot and hopefully a par putt. A super hole, and a par to be proud of.
Yet another strong hole. Hit your drive towards the bridge, and get ready for another shot over the river (and the tree) to a well bunkered green. Favour the front right and the ball will feed into the middle of the green.