It was the week of the Irish open golf ,thousands were on the road north to Newcastle co.Down to support an Irish winner.However our lads did not shine and we decided to play ourselves and cut our viewing on the final day.But where were we to get a golf course at such short notice?.We made a few calls to no avail until we had a brainwave.What about that 5 star hotel complex and private golf course we passed by on our way up just north of Dundalk was it not?.There would be no golf competition on there! and there were some good reviews.A quick call was made and to our great relief the golf superintendent Gerry gave us a tee time that was perfect for our journey back home.As we drove the tree lined avenue between the first and second fairways we could see we were in for a real treat as the course looked in pristine condition provoking our category one player to exclaim ;I think I can shoot a 69 here lads!!! Having studied the course over a coffee and sandwich in the sporting club lounge Gerry sent us on our way.The first six holes were very good with no rough but a lot of decidious trees to test your driving.0ur C1 player was level par.The signature holes are the 7th and 8th the former demanding a pin point accurate 2nd shot and the latter an arrow like drive.On the 9th tee our C1 player was now 4 over and very quiet as he faced the 9th a long par 4 dogleg out of reach into a stiff breese.The second nine is equally challenging and has a wonderful display of flora, fauna,and historical features.Our overall experience was one of the most enjoyable parkland courses no lost balls but bring your fishing net for retrieving your ball from the crystal clear streams.A word of caution do not use the stream stones they are very slippery!!!.all in all it is our mini Augusta and very reasonable even at weekends
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ballymascanlon House is set on 130 acres of beautiful parkland, this impressive Victorian House forms the heart of this Hotel. It is one of the most remarkable historical estates in Ireland dating back to 833 A.D. Steeped in history, Ballymascanlon estate is located in Ireland’s North East on the Cooley Peninsula in close proximity to the Irish Sea and Mourne Mountains. Less than 1 hour from Dublin and Belfast, and 20 minutes from the medieval town of Carlingford. Owned and run with pride and dedication by the Quinn Family, we are delighted to welcome you to our beautiful luxurious venue, ideal for both Business and Leisure ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ballymascanlon Hotel Dundalk