Super Rathsallagh reborn
Less than 18 months after closing its doors, the magnificent golf course at Rathsallagh has reopened to the public.
Situated near the village of Dunlavin in northwest Co. Wicklow, just 15km from Naas in Co. Kildare, new owner Robert Neill re-opened in the middle of June.
Full membership is now available until March 1, 2017, for just €650 (including GUI affiliation) and green fees are a very reasonable €35 midweek and €40 at weekends.
If you haven't played this beautiful Christy O'Connor Jnr and Peter McEvoy parkland course, there is an Open singles every Tuesday for €20 and buggies (€25), rental clubs (€30) and electric trolleys and pull carts are also available.
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With its bar and restaurant open seven days a week and with PGA Professional Mick O'Shea on site for lessons, there is no excuse for not taking on the challenge.
The course remains as challenging as ever and the index one remains the par-four 10th - a par four measuring 438 yards.
A three-wood off the tee might be sensible for the bigger hitter as a water hazard runs across the fairway some 265 yards from the tee. Then comes a demanding second shot with a water hazard to the left of the green and bunkers to the right.
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Any day you walk away from this hole with a par you have gained a shot on the majority of the field.
You can treat yourself to a weekend stay at the neighbouring Rathsallagh House, which is still run by the estimable Joe O'Flynn.