What I like about playing golf at Lahinch Golf Club

16th at Lahinch Golf Club

Lahinch Golf Club

This is a brief hole by hole about how I like to play golf at Lahinch Golf Club.

Hole 1, Par 4 MacKenzie
A left centre tee shot is good on the 1st and play for the centre of the green and avoid the green side bunkers on the left, a par is a good score to start with.

Hole 2, Par 5 Village
I like to try a sling shot a left to right shot off the tee to gain as much distance as possible to give me a chance of hitting the green in two.

Hole 3, Par 4 Cillstifinn
Tough tee shot and tougher 2nd shot. Left centre tee shot and gauge the wind and green elevation to suit your club selection. I find that the second shot club selection can be tricky on the 3 hole.

Hole 4, Par 5 Klondyke
Downwind this par 5 becomes really easy and when this hole plays into the wind, the hole is a monster. My favourite shot here is the tee shot; a good tee shot no too close to the dyke makes the rest of the hole comfortable to play and score.

Hole 5, Par 3 The Dell
The Dell, measuring approx. 150 yard from the medal tee and I'd suggest to you playing an extra club so you can ensure that you hit the ball over the dune. This hole really appeals to me when I am playing the shot against a soft breeze, so I can punch a 6 iron over the white stone on top of the hill and head for a famous hole in one!

Hole 6, Par 4 Paradise

The second shot on the 6th hole is probably both the most scenic and certainly my most favourite hole to play at Lahinch. My plan here is to hit a tee shot to a distance of 180 yard shot to the green, then it depends on the wind what to do next, however, I really like the idea of nailing a 5 or a 4 iron at the flag.
6th Hole at Lahinch Golf Club

Hole 7, Par 4 Blind Hockey
Hot a good tee shot to the right centre of the fairway and what out that you don’t over hit the fairway. Always consult your caddy or yardage book before tee shot club selection.

Hole 8, Par 3 Crater
I would suggest to hit you tee shot to the right centre of the green as most of the green slopes right to left and left on this green is not good!

Hole 9, Par 4 Burke’s Corner
The tee shot is the key to getting a chance to hit ball close to the hole and try to avoid getting blocked by the flag position. If the flag is on the right hand side of the green, hit the ball on the left of the fairway and vice versa.

Hole 10, Par 4 Goats
A beast of a par 4, a good tee shot on left of centre and an even better second shot is required. Its a raised green so club up and don't be shy give the ball air miles.

Hole 11, Par 3 Liscannor
I like hitting a punch shot into this green and there are nasty green side bunkers that would be nice to avoid.

Hole 12, Par 5 Castle
I like to give the tee shot a right hard whack and hit that ball as far down the right side of the fairway with a left to right ball flight to maximise distance. Then try and hit the green in two! 

7th Hole at Lahinch Golf Club

Hole 13, Par 4 Mine
Take out the driver and lash the ball onto the green! If not, there is nothing wrong with playing straight down the middle of the fairway. Avoid the mine on the right of the hole!

Hole 14, Par 4 Twins
Another beast of a par 4, straight away hole and finding the green with you second shot is important. I play straight for the flag on this hole.

Hole 15, Par 4 Brud’s Vision
The last really tough par 4 to play, I like to play the tee shot to the right centre of the fairway and avoid the fairway bunker that can gobble up your tee shot if you are too long on that line. The fairway bunker is approx. 270 yards out from the white medal tee, but when your tee shots carries 230 yards, you might have an unexpected 40 yards of carry. Then the bunker can come into play.

Hole 16, Par 3 Old Tom
Love this hole and I typically play for the front right part of the green

Hole 17, Par 4 Pons Asinorum
Tee shot for the right centre of the fairway and I find the 17th a hard green to hold. I like to hit a medium ball flight that holds into the wind and the ball magically sits down on the green and rolls up to the hole! 

17th green at Lahinch Golf Club

Hole 18, Par 5 Shaw
Roll your shoulders, free up your body of all muscle and hand tension, then lighten your grip on the club a little bit more, place more weight (65%) on your back foot and hit the ball as hard and as far as you can up the 18th fairway as you can. I really like trying to hit the right side of the fairway on 18th

In Summary,

Lahinch Golf Club is certainly one of my top five golf links courses to play in Ireland. There are a number of blind shots on the golf course and I strongly recommend working with either a caddy or a fore caddy. In fact I like the mix of a caddy and a forecaddie in the group. This will save you a lot of time looking for balls, misreading greens and the caddies may turn out to be comedians too.

John Dooley Concierge Golf 


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