A superb challenge. Described as one of the finest opening holes in golf (Robert Trent Jones Sr). Demands a good drive down the left side of the fairway to provide the best chance of hitting this severely sloped green protected by a winding creek.
Pros tip: "Don't go over the green as a troublesome pitch shot awaits you."
This par four requires your drive down the right side. Beware of the wind from the right for the second shot. A long to mid iron is required to hit this green which is protected by a large pine tree to the right and a large green-side bunker to the left.
Pros tip: "The centre of this well defended green is always an advisable target for the approach...not a green to go flag chasing."
Slight dogleg left, a hole where precision is required, anything too far right and your staring at a bogey. Now you're hitting into a slightly elevated green where the ball tends to fall to the right.
Pros tip: "Play conservatively off the tee here."
The first of the four challenging par 3's at Adare, although at index 17 this hole poses it's own dangers with the river Maigue to the back and a large gently sloping green awaiting the tee shot. Long is out of the question here.
Pros tip: "High tee shot for soft landings."
The tee shot on this index 1 uphill par 4 must be considered for the big hitter; a long draw taking on the bunker on the right hand side of the fairway will set up an ideal approach shot, but beware of the prevailing wind which can make this shot difficult. However, being on the left hand side of the fairway can bring its own rewards but too far left and trouble awaits. The severely uphill approach shot to a large blind green will have to carry the large front bunkers.
Pros tip: "Pick a tree in the distance for a target from the Tee and choose enough Club to make it up the hill for the approach."
A superb downhill par 3. The optimum tee shot is to the right hand side of this very deep green, which is dictated by a severe swale. This could be one of the biggest breaking putts on the course - Good luck.
Pros tip: "The difference between a front and back flag position at this hole can be up to three clubs so try to gauge the downhill distance as accurately as possible."
The first of the par 5's. Do not bite off more then you can chew with the drive! The carry is deceptively long. The 14 acre lake awaits any errant drive. For most players the safe play is to place your tee shot right of the fairway bunker. The only safe way to hit this tiered green in two is to carry the ball all the way to the green and if in doubt lay up!
Pros tip: "Left is right and right is out of the question."
A nice draw off the manor house will leave you in prime position to attack this exposed elevated and undulating green.
Pros tip: "The exposed green makes this hole one club longer."
Get the camera out. The manor house serves as a magnificent backdrop to a straight away par 5 Aspire to the spire with your drive, over the back of this green and you could be visiting the pet cemetery.
Pros tip: "It helps to be down the right to leave a full view to the green for the approach."
Your drive should be to the left half of the fairway. A precise second shot is required to a narrow well guarded green, any shot bouncing off the far left edge of the green will kick towards the water.
Pros tip: "A high second shot is required for a soft landing."
A picturesque par 3 across the river Maigue to a long green guarded by bunkers. Any shot to the right of this green and your swimming.
Pros tip: "This hole is longer then it appears take enough clubs."
An uphill par 5 with a double dogleg to the left. Drive should be played to the right of the bunker where a large landing area awaits. Your second shot should be played to leave an approach of 120 yards, from this point, to score well, the shot is to the middle of this well protected green.
Pros tip: "With the green 40 yards long and elevated be aware that there is a two club difference between a front and a back flag placement."
Recently included in "Irelands Best 18 Holes of Golf" for its sheer beauty and shot making requirement this tree line dogleg right requires your Sunday best.
Pros tip: "There is a little more room to the left from the Tee here than may appear and be aware that anything right of the fairway will be blocked from a view of the green. Take a moment as you walk down the avenue of trees to enjoy the peaceful silence and thank Robert Trent Jones Senior for this master piece."
A dogleg left to an exposed elevated green protected by bunkers and water to the right.
Pros tip: "Down the right of the fairway will increase your birdie chances."
The shortest of the par 4's with the tidal river Maigue running down right. A drive at the left green side bunker will afford the easiest approach to the green being overlooked by the Manor House.
Pros tip: "Don't go right."
If your in between clubs here go for the longer one. A little long is no problem, a little short and a watery grave awaits. A par on this hole will make even a pro smile.
Pros tip: "Play to the heart of the green."
A Straightaway tree lined par 4 with an accurate approach required to a long narrow firm green. Being long or left will force a difficult recovery shot.
Pros tip: "Keep drive down the left side of the fairway."
WOW! Our Signature hole is described as one of the finest finishing pars 5's in golf with the majestic river Maigue flowing alongside the fairway. A long straight drive down the left side offers the best opportunity to get home in two. For a more conservative approach, a lay up short of the bunkers will leave you with a mid to short iron, to a green overlooked by the historic Ceder of Lebanon.
Pros tip: "A relation in the golf ball industry is a big plus on this hole."