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. Picture below shows the new 13th pond and green
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 2015, along with the 13th hole, by STRI's architect Jonathan Tucker. The 12th is known locally as ‘The Quarry Hole’. You have firstly to drive from the tee onto a tightly positioned raised plateau, bordered by out of bounds and penalty areas. You have to play your approach shot to the raised green in a valley (once an old quarry), over an intervening large pond and a greenside pot bunker. A bail-out area to the left in the valley is available for those wishing to lay up. Picture below shows view from behind the12th green back towards the plateau.
A severe slope 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.