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K Club (Smurfit) Seapoint Seapoint offers two distinct sets of holes, right next door to Co. Louth Golf Club. Indeed, Seapoint’s closing holes could easily be an extension of the great Baltray links as they back on to each other. The front nine play over sedate terrain, where trees border the course and fairways glide smoothly between low, rolling shoulders of dunes. Gorse plays its part emphasising the importance of accurate driving and the doglegs have to be respected. The turf is tight and while it doesn’t quite feel like a links, this is exactly what it is. The back nine ramp up the temperature, introducing the shapes and subtleties that make links golf such fun. K Club (Smurfit) The K Club Smurfit course opened in 2003. Like its sibling, it was designed by Arnold Palmer, with the aim of offering a very different experience to the Ryder Cup course. The Smurfit is a shapely beast with huge shoulders of earth creating channels to play through. And water is a frequent visitor especially on the strong back nine. The cliff and lake that dominate the 7th hole are an intriguing (man-made) feature… but it is the final six holes that will tempt you and test you most. The par five 18th requires at least two excellent shots over water. The course has its own entrance and impressive clubhouse, and considerable recent investment has enhanced playing conditions. Tulfarris Tulfarris is a splash of lakeside heaven set on the Blessington Lakes. Holes press up against the water time and again on both the front and back nines, and even the inland holes have to deal with some water features. All that water might make it sound tough – and it is certainly no place for the faint of heart – but this is beautiful golf. The course wraps around the hotel and you only have to take a stroll around the buildings to appreciate what the course has to offer. Recent investment has helped to give the entire resort an important lift with pathways, drainage and bunkering all being improved. And then there are the holes themselves: the par threes are all delicious and the closing four holes are an excellent mix of challenges and thrills. The Smurfit is a shapely beast with huge shoulders of earth creating channels to play through. 49