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Favourite Hole: The straight par four 14th hits out towards The Burren and down over a tumbling fairway. What's in the Bag? Accuracy off the tee is needed… so is a hot putter. Galway Located in Salthill and rising up from the waters of Galway Bay, this is a golf club of rich history and tradition. Established in 1895, the course is drenched in bright gorse and dark pines. There are quality touches everywhere – not to mention the plush, turret-style clubhouse. Holes start by the sea, with several water features, before you cross under the road and start to play the 14 holes rising and falling across the hillside. The space has been used to full effect, no doubt thanks to its original designer, the great Alister MacKenzie (1926), who routed the course into the two loops you play today. It is a par 70 course measuring 6,000 metres from the championship tees. There are several tight challenges and tough doglegs, and weaving your way through and around the trees will test you constantly. But you’ll also need to avoid the strong bunkering which is ever-present. The greens, too, demand your full attention. They are slick and fast and will test the best with their strong shapes. www.galwaygolf.com 117