The course is a pleasant, yet challenging, 18 hole parkland course with superbly manicured rolling fairways and a liberal sprinkling of fine old trees, and is virtually an oasis on the doorstep of a teeming metropolis. Our speedy greens have attained a standard of excellence and discerning visitors regularly tell us that they are amongst the best to be found around the country.
Although a relatively short course, its narrow fairways and punitive rough call for accuracy off the tee and will test the player's golfing skill. Each hole presents its own challenge which can catch the unwitting golfer off-guard. Shot-making skills must be complemented with accurate club selection in order to post a good score.
Our course is best known for its famous 12th hole (par 4, index 1), which was re-designed in 1998 by the late Tom Craddock, course architect. It is known locally as ‘The Quarry Hole’. You have firstly to drive from the tee onto a raised plateau, bordered by out of bounds on the right and water hazards to the front and left. You then have to play your next shot to the green in a valley (once an old quarry), with two ponds and two greenside bunkers intervening.
A large bunker to the rear of the green also gathers up an over-hit approach shot. This hole has ruined many a good score card in its day and is an inviting challenge to any keen golfer to make par at it. While this particular hole will always provide interesting stories for the ‘19th’, the overall challenging golf experience of playing at Clontarf will leave long-lasting and pleasurable memories.