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In recent years the world of golf
course design has seen a move towards the classic design philosophies,
which have produced some of the world's great courses. Some
developers have chosen to ignore this move by implanting features
that do little for the local environment and copy styles from
across the world. However, at Dunmurry Springs Golf Club in
Kildare there has been a committed approach to create a wonderfully
classic golf course that is the epitome of a golf development
showing an appreciation for the spirit of the game.
Born out of a passion to utilise a very special site beside
The Curragh, Mel Flanagan and his team have crafted a classic
piece of golf architecture in the mould of the great romantic
courses like Gleneagles or Royal Birkdale but with a distinctly
Irish blend. Golfers of all abilities will admire the skill
with which he achieved his aim, as this is clearly a course
that combines traditional design philosophies utilising the
natural springs, movement and grasses of the land with some
of the most spectacular views in Ireland.
Dunmurry Springs is establishing itself as ‘Real Golfers
Golf Course’. The prestigious US Golfer Magazine voted
this course one of the 10 Best New courses in Europe in 2005
and according to the website www.ratemygolfcourse.ie it is proving very popular with golfers.
The layout of the course is such that it brings the golfer
through a series of tests. Skill, tactics, and bravery reward
those that give the course the respect it deserves. Every
hole has its own dangers but with skill they are playable
by all abilities. Multiple tee positions facilitate all categories
of golfer, with the championship tee positions demanding exceptional
strategic shot making. It is difficult to pick out a signature
hole as so many have merit, but watch out for the lake fronted
3rd, the dog-leg par-5 6th the links-like 8th and monster
10th. Also enjoy the watery splendours of the knee-trembling
11th and 15th.
The views of the seven surrounding counties are most impressive
out by Dunmurry Springs’ own Amen Corner of the 6th
7th & 8th. Designer Mel Flanagan has provided a dramatic
but playable challenge while using the courses’ superb
surroundings to tease all levels of golfer.
There is no doubt this course will be capable of hosting the
very best golf events.