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Muskerry Douglas Set on a hilltop in Cork city’s suburbia, Douglas is well over 100 years old. More recently it has acquired a reputation for two things: the social activities of the members which emphasise how important clubs can be to a community; and the quality of the greens. Douglas slides gently down a hillside so holes can leave you with tilted lies or downhill/uphill shots… but it’s never severe and when the flags come in to view they make delicious targets. It is a shortish par 72, but you need to avoid the trees, putt extremely well and overcome the excellent late charge of holes from 13 to 17. Mallow Established in 1947, Mallow is a gentle hillside parkland poised above the town. Trees dominate, many of them ancient and majestic, and it is these that help to define the course. But beware the many sloping and often narrow fairways which will lure your ball towards the rough. It will also leave challenging approach shots to greens in enchanting settings. The Galty Mountains provide the backdrop on a curvaceous, surprisingly challenging course which calls for accuracy off the tee. Charleville The trees wrap around you all day long at Charleville. Hundreds were lost during the 2014 storms but that has only improved this Co. Cork parkland. Holes now have more air without losing any of the challenges. And of those there are plenty, with gently sliding doglegs greeting you on many tee boxes and fairways that put a premium on positioning off the tee. It is not a long course (par 71, 6,467 yards, back tees) with half the holes falling between 350 and 380 yards, but the doglegs come in different sizes, calling for smart golf. Peaceful, embracing and rewarding. Muskerry The River Shournagh brushes up against this old parkland course, coming in to play on the final three holes and ensuring that there is a sedate and colourful end to a round flowing over a wooded, gorse-laden hillside. It is wild and natural and rarely is a flat lie to be found… save for those final three holes. Alister MacKenzie was involved here, but even without his reputable name this is an adventure worth taking on. Some of those tee shots are absolute beauties and the greens will really test you. In all, there are 23 holes. The main course is a par 71. 101