The first stop on any Transatlantic golfing tour should be at Connemara Golf Club. Situated between the Twelve Bens mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Galway, the Connemara Championship Golf Links is an exhilarating golf experience. The picturesque twenty-seven hole course is played in a stunning natural amphitheatre, where the player is surrounded by magnificent views out over the Atlantic.
As another Eddie Hackett design, the course is full of stimulating challenges. From the off, you will be faced with a taxing dogleg hole, which will catch out anyone who is not fully prepared. The back nine is where this course really shines, though. The famous thirteenth is a testing par-three, with a distance of two hundred yards. That will be followed up by the long par-five fourteenth, which offers the chance to pull a stroke back, but only if played craftily. The green on fifteen finds itself lodged up in the hills, with the aerial route the only path to success. Water runs across the face of the sixteenth green, defending it from anything trickling along the ground. Your round will be made or broken by the final two holes, which are both par-five. Seventeen is long and straight but runs in the face of the elements, while the eighteenth has a series of sandy bunkers not far from the green.
The back nine holes has been described as “the equal of any in the world”, and you can imagine why. There is no doubt that the Connemara Links will provide a serious test of your skills- the only thing that remains to be seen is whether you are up to the challenge.