Ireland has a vast range of amazing short holes… from ocean drama to hilltop happiness to the terrors in the trees. We can all make birdies… we can all make double bogeys but whatever our score, we all love a great par three.
Picking a top ten is unbelievably tough, mainly because of the amazing holes that have to be left out. We’ll start at number 10 and work our way up to the top over the coming days. Let us know what you think of our list!
Druids Glen 8th, 166/152/140 yards
Shades of Augusta come shining through on this hole. The flowers, the colourful trees, the ponds, the weir and just the entire setting make this enchanting. It is set in a deep dell and surrounded by trees to give the hole a wonderfully isolated feel. The Glen’s par three 12th may be singled out as the best par three at the course, but the 8th is the most beautiful on the island. It’s not a tough tee shot – or at least it shouldn’t be – as you play over the ponds, but the green has some strong slopes to tease you and you must avoid a hook off the tee or you’ll be in water. The club built a special bank on the left of the pond for kingfishers and the ponds are popular with swans. It really doesn’t get more colourful than this.