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The Heritage The Heritage Much of the attention focused on The Heritage concentrates on the Seve Ballesteros connection (and design). It is little wonder. The enigmatic Seve still conjures up all that is enthralling about the game of golf. And plenty of that can be found at The Heritage, too. The course opened in 2004, and golfers are met first by the statue of the great man and then the stylish clubhouse. It is worth heading up to the balcony and looking out over the stunning lake which separates the 9th and 18th – two of the best holes which both conclude underneath the clubhouse. The course is laced with water but it is only one of the challenges you’ll face as holes flow over the gently shaped, open Co. Laois countryside. There are dramatic and complex bunkers throughout and they define many holes – they certainly intimidate off the tee and on approaches. Palmerstown House Estate The site of a former stud, this is a muscular course built with championship ambitions. It has that grand, glamorous feel, it has space and length, it has a magnificent clubhouse (part of Palmerstown House which dates back to the 1860s) and no expense was spared in its creation. Here, water abounds with 13 holes introducing ponds, lakes and streams. From the back tees the course measures 7,419 yards, but from the regular tees it is a more modest and manageable 6,468 yards – Christy O’Connor Jr was kind enough to provide four men’s tees. Gentle mounding steers you past pampas grasses, flowerbeds and tall trees, over generous fairways, around the water features and towards big swinging greens. Tullamore Trees, trees, and more trees… Tullamore is a wonderfully wooded course where the oak, beech and chestnut get very, very friendly. It is an enchanting setting but if you have an unruly draw or fade you will face intimidating shots time and again… especially off the tee. Here you will find sensational greens, smart routing, several knee-jangling doglegs and a superbly maintained course. This is why Tullamore is discussed in such glowing terms. It may not be long (par 70, 6,472 yards off the back tees) but it demands your full respect. And when the course opens up slightly (the 5th to 8th) lakes present serious threats, while the Slieve Bloom Mountains provide the backdrop. The final three holes will test the best. 40 From the back tees the course measures 7,419 yards, but from the regular tees it is a more modest and manageable 6,468 yards.