Enniscrone - and Seaweed!

The links at Enniscrone is certainly among the very best in Ireland, but while there the touring golfer can also benefit from a reinvigorating seaweed bath. With two friends, I arrived in Enniscrone after an arduous round at Pat Ruddy’s European Club, followed by 27 holes at Carne on the remote Belmullet peninsula, with all the driving  this involved in crossing the island. Exhausted, we promised ourselves a reviving soak in the legendary seaweed baths of Enniscrone. It proved a most invigorating experience for all of us. I can only speculate as to what are the precise properties of the fabled weed, but it certainly had a remarkable effect on one of our number who giggled all the way round the subsequent battle on the links, and could not be stopped from jabbering away while the other two so us were poised to putt!

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The heart of the golf course flows through rolling duneland with some demanding shots required to hit and hold plateaued greens with severe run-offs. The challenges are wild, but the course is in beautiful condition with wonderful seaside views on the coastal holes. There are a few flatter holes on the south-east part of the course which are less visually spectacular, but they are tactically very demanding in their own right. All in all a wonderful experience, not least after a seaweed bath!


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David Shaw Stewart