Another Leinster gem, Birr uses the heaving and natural Co. Offaly eskers to magnificent effect… and has been since 1893. The course also promises plenty of woods and tree-lined corridors, which make Birr an exceptionally colourful round of golf. The stunning par threes are a case in point but there are so many good holes here (the run from the 10th to the 15th is outstanding) that singling out a few is almost unfair.What is particularly memorable is the visual appeal that greets you on every tee. The shapes and movement of holes make them fun to play – even when shots are blind – and while it may only be a par 70, it doesn’t lack in length, with par fours measuring from 294 metres (middle white tees) to 407 metres.
Once upon a time there was a lot of crossing, but upgrades and additionally acquired land in the 2000s have allowed the course more breathing room… and more glorious shots.
Favourite Hole: as good as the 10th and 12th are it is the Index 2, par four 11th that strikes the loudest note. Spacious but beautifully shepherded by trees, the fairway ducks and dives towards a low green.
What’s in the Bag? There’s always room to play but play for what you can see.
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