Rossmore Golf Club Course Review

Rossmore Golf Club Course Review

GF 35€-40€
By 71 5,962 meters
Slope 119
Director General’s Verdict – A peaceful and adventurous roller coaster.
favorite hole – The par-4 2nd runs downhill with a narrow landing zone and danger everywhere.

Rossmore is the perfect example of a golf course set in the wild Irish countryside. It’s in County Monaghan, where Concra Wood is perhaps the star attraction – one of Ireland’s most spectacular creations of the 21st century, designed by Christy O’Connor Jnr and her namesake uncle. Large rolling drumlins dip in different directions and there are many elevation changes. Golf has been played on this same site since the club’s inception in 1916, and given the rough terrain and lack of battery-operated carts until the late 1970s, there must have been weary golfers at the end of the season. daytime. The club added a back nine in 1992, but it was a compact site and the layout changed again, in 2011, when new grounds were purchased. Two new holes were added by Mel Flanagan (see also Rathcore Golf Club), which helped to remove some areas of congestion.

Today’s course promises a smooth adventure. Nowhere is this more evident than on the 1st par-5 double dip. Drumlins (defined as low oval mounds or small, compact boulder clay hills formed by past glacial action) are used to full effect and when you play this opening hole you rise and fall like an ocean swell . Add old stone walls, big drops, doglegs, lakes and streams, and a vantage point on the 16th tee from where you can see Northern Ireland, and you know you’re playing something that will get your adrenaline pumping. This viewpoint even has a map showing the geographical features you are looking at. And then the course plunges again into the descent.

Like so many hidden gems, Rossmore has quietly evolved. There is no big designer name to attract visitors and the design itself favors simplicity. This is country golf for you. It is the exuberance and routing of the holes themselves that make a course what it is. Rossmore is a great driving course and those elevation changes only emphasize the thrill of hitting hard in the distant countryside. The 11th is a right-left dogleg on the edge of the course. It drops sharply off the tee and doglegs left and out of sight. There is nothing more tempting for a golfer with a draw.

The big challenge here is to deal with changes in slope and changes in elevation. The greens are usually above or below you and there is no great trick for them… the trick, however, is to find them through the doglegs. The 15th par-4 is 380 yards. This is a hard left-to-right dogleg, climbing a gentle slope to a green at the top. Find the fairway and the ball will be under your feet for the approach. It’s Index 2 and there isn’t a single bunker. Indeed, the bunkering at Rossmore is for the greens only which makes life a little easier… but there is a stream here that runs through six holes so don’t breathe too easily.

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