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 started at number 10 on Tuesday – the 8th hole at Druids Glen – followed by number 9 – the famous ‘Dell’ hole, the 5th at Lahinch – followed by number 8, the first of a great collection of par threes, hole 4 at Co Sligo.
We will work our way up to the top over the coming days. Let us know what you think of our list!
Killarney (Mahony’s Point) 18th, 174/167/153 metres
The finishing hole on Mahony’s Point is worth the green fee alone. The closing stretch beside Lough Leane is as inspiring as it comes and the 18th is the cherry on top. It is index 7 so it is not to be trifled with. You tee off on one edge of Lough Leane and play across the water into a nest of towering pine trees. The stark trunks frame the green perfectly and the four bunkers on the left side make it clear where most golfers attempt to bail out. For those golfers who say finishing with a par three is weak … play Mahony’s Point and you’ll walk off thinking very differently. The only negative aspect is that it is the first hole to disappear when the lake floods as has happened a couple of times in recent years.