A beautiful, strategic par-four, framed by pines and Monterey cypress (macrocarpa), where accuracy off the tee is paramount. The tee shot must find the right-hand side of the fairway to open up a view of the long, well countered and tricky green.
Miss the fairway right or left and you are blocked out, leaving a tricky recovery. Despite the advantages of modern technology, it remains one of the great James Braid designs.
Killarney (Mahony’s Point) - 18th, 190 yards. par 3
Long before the advent of Ireland’s great resort courses, the 18th at Killarney was a star in its own right. One of the most memorable holes in golf, this par-three of nearly 200 yards requires a brave tee shot to carry the corner of Lough Leane.
Named ‘Heaven’s Reflex’, you can find out why when you play one of the most photographed holes in world golf.
Regarded by many as the best nine-hole links in Ireland, wild and windy Cruit Island should make every golfer's bucket list. There are no par-fives on what is arguably Ireland’s most remote golf courses, but it is full of surprises and the par-three sixth the most memorable hole.
It is situated on the cliff edge, requiring a brave shot over two inlets of the wild Atlantic with anything from a wedge to a wood. One of the most spectacular holes in golf.
A fearsome hole from any tee, this challenging par-three plays to a severely raised green, protected on the left by a cavernous bunker that’s more than nine-feet deep.
Holding the green with either a long iron or at times a driver will test the best. Finishing short leaves a tricky bump and run up the slope, or an even trickier third! A birdie here is a rare bird and par a prize.
The 16th at Royal Dublin (Dolly) is 285 yards and a par 4, and is ranked 24th on our list.
While the famous 18th, Garden, is arguably the signature hole at Royal Dublin, the drivable 16th, Dolly, is a gem to play and a great test of your golfing brain.
Even if you carry two cross bunkers, four more lie in wait short of the large but cleverly sloped green, protected by myriad run-offs. It tempts you to try and make three but a four is always a great score at one of Irish golf’s iconic, short par-fours.
Offering a fantastic vista, this blockbuster par-four is played from a high tee to a fairway running diagonally along a sea inlet and then across a river to a well-bunkered green. If you find the fairway, you have a choice — be a hero and go for the green or lay-up short of the river.
The choice is yours, but it will require two outstanding shots to find the green in regulation on what is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s most beautiful holes.
The K Club (Palmer) - 17th (Half Moon), 424 yards, par 4
This frightening but beautiful par-four follows the curve of the Liffey from right to left. A brave tee-shot that challenges the river will leave a short iron into the green. However, failure can be expensive. The right side is festooned with trees and rough while left is fatal.
Just ask Thomas Bjorn, who pumped three balls into the water here en route to an 11 in the 2004 Smurfit European Open, handing the title to Kenneth Ferrie as Andrew Coltart was in the process of four-putting the 17th green to remove himself from the picture.