Clandeboye Golf Club
It’s my last golf day in Northern Ireland and as I drive to Clandeboye GC. I am both excited and sad. I have heard a lot about this course and been told how good it is and my obvious sadness comes because it’s my last day here. After initial introductions, I head to the 1st tee and I suddenly understand why the course is rated so highly. The opening hole is played from an elevated tee but the views out to the sea do take you by surprise if you are not ready for them and the heathland feel of the course certainly makes a great first impression.
The downhill 3rd and the strategic 4th hole are wonderful golf holes, the 4th especially as you will need to place your drive to the right to get a look at the green that is below the fairway which you play to over gorse and bracken with just a seven-foot gap to walk through to get down to the emerald carpet; and I understand why this is the hardest hole on the course.
The 6th is the only par 5 on the front nine and is played from an elevated tee. It can be reached in two, but you have to be careful of the ditch that crosses the fairway with your drive. The front nine comes to a close with a blind tee shot then played uphill to a green that’s protected by three bunkers.
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