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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
1 Rock 4 312 312 9 289 5
The 1st at Greencastle is a tester for all, as a 215 metre drive straight down the fairway is required to leave a perfect second shot into the green. If pulled to the left there is a fairway bunker to avoid, followed by a difficult second shot hitting over the rock to a blind green.With wind behind on this hole, big hitters will take on the green from the tee box, but the rock from where the hole gets its name comes into play and if left shot is most likely a reach for a provisional.2 larger bunkers to the right and left of the 1st green will need an accurate approach. The green itself is very flat and an easy first putter.


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
2 Cluain 4 388 378 1 306 3
The 2nd at Greencastle is the toughest hole on the course, with a stroke index of 1, a par here on any day is a good result. A stream flows approximately 120 metres off the White tee box. 4 new bunkers on this hole have been very well placed and with the fairway cut tight around them, that extra bit of run might turn out to be unfortunate.A lonely bunker sits right, 15 metres short of the green. An approach to the raised green is better aimed right as the mound planted with a line of trees slops towards the green. If pulled left heavy rough and a difficult flop shot up a steep bank is required. Once on the green a challenging putt awaits!


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
3 Tardrum 3 138 128 17 118 17
Tardrum is the 1st of the 5 par 3 holes at Greencastle.Thick thorn bushes and heavy rough lie to the left and a group of young trees sit to the right based with thick heavy rough.This hole can be very deceptive in length as the green is slightly higher than the tee box, have a good look at the pin position before choosing your club. Fall short and there are 2 larger bunkers sitting to the front left and right of the green to play out of. The 3rd has a relatively flat green so if the tee shot is good theres a great chance for a birdie!


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
4 Lynch’s 5 448 418 15 381 13
The 4th at Greencastle known as Lynch’s has a high tee box which looks straight down the fairway. Now on the other side of the thick thorn bushes from the 3rd hole, the danger still sits to the left, however the growth here does come out and come into play over most considered line. 2 bunks lie to the right side of the fairway for those who do try to avoid to line over the bushes.Big hitters can make this hole in 2, but many chose the save option to lay up and make the green in 3. On the other hand, 2 new bunkers sit 100 metres short of the green which makes the safe option a little more challenging. As well as the bunkers, the fairway slopes towards a stream on both sides which runs about 10 metres short of the green. This often catches the big hitters and many approaches that fall short.Again there are 2 bunkers to each side at the front of the green. Bushes to both sides forces an aim to the centre of the green.

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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
5 Silver Strand 4 281 271 13 261 11
At the 5th hole the fairway slopes from left to right,
so most try to aim high to the left side to let get the ball to run and come
down into the middle of the fairway.With that in mind, 2 new fairway bunkers placed to the right are in a prefect position to catch those that hit straight down the middle. If hit too far left there is danger of being out of bounds or hitting the beach.The second shot to the green is essential here. Take note of where the pin is placed on probably the toughest green on the course. Like the fairway this green slopes all the way from left to right and with a larger bunker protecting the top half of the green, this one can be tricky.


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
6 Dog Hill 3 178 168 3 141 9
Most members fear this hole for their card as the proximity to the beach and water which sits to the left can be very intimidating. A large mound thickened with bushes and briers extrudes high to the right and on a windy day many have to hit the driver to reach this difficult par 3.Hit too big and there is danger of going out of bounds, the white stick only sit about 8 metres off the back of the green to which there is a drop to the beach behind. However the beach to the front left is in play, so let’s just hope the tide is out when you take on this hole.


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
7 Tunns 4 343 333 7 308 7
The 7th at Greencastle displays probably one of the most beautiful views you will get on any course around the country, you could see Scotland standing on the tee box here on a clear day.It’s a big hit to the fairway at this hole which is littered with bunkers.3 large bunkers to the left often come into play and another 4 which surround the area short of the green heighten your risk of playing out of the sand.The basin like green at this hole is very forgiving, land short or right and there is a good chance you’ll finish perfect.


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
8 Campbell’s Rock 4 328 316 5 304 1
This uphill par 4, known as ‘Campbell’s Rock’, requires a drive that will hold the fairway, which slopes from the right. Thick rough to the right and a slight rough covered slope to the left await a nasty hook or slice. Playing from the rough at this hole leaves it very difficult to hit the green in two.The raised green has a large bunker to the front left which protects the flag on most occasions. A fall off slope to the left and back of the green often catches out what may look like the perfect shot.


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
9 Port A Vela 3 157 147 11 110 15
Finishing up the front nine is ‘Port-a-Vela’, another deceptive par 3. A group of young trees line the right and heavy rough and white sticks to out of bounds sit to the left.A rough banking to the right of the green can often result in an unfortunate bounce away, which then requires a difficult pitch or flop shot.The green here has a slight slope from left to right and most would choose the large bunker to the front left as their line


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
10 Metal Man 5 490 480 10 427 8
The ‘Metal Man’ at Greencastle is the longest par 5 on the course. The road to the left of this hole is out of bounds and there are three new fairway bunkers to the right. A stream flows almost 150 metres from the green, which has to be considered when playing the second shot.A good drive here leaves an easy iron over the stream or a wood to try to take on the green in two shots. Many choose to lay up before the drain to be safe and then try to make the green in three.There are bunkers to the left and right of the long narrow green with a slightly raised back portion.


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
11 Heather Bank 3 165 155 8 132 14
The 11th hole known as ‘Heather Bank’ is a difficult par 3. The banking to the back of the green is heavily overgrown with heather bushes and thick grass. Apart from a 10 metre strip in the centre, an empty drain runs across this hole, approximately 20 metres short of the green and is the most dangerous feature.The green slopes right to left and from the front to the back, so falling short of the green here should allow you to run on nicely. Hit the green directly and there’s a good chance your ball will run off the back. One bunker sits to the left of the green.


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
12 Lighthouse 4 340 298 6 276 12
A new tee box at the ‘Lighthouse’ offers a very challenging drive over the beach below which is in play. The 150 metre marker sitting in the middle of this dog-leg right fairway is the safe line.The blind green, which slopes severely from back to front, is hidden in a hollow close to the lighthouse. Over hit shots will be hard to find or play from the rocky coastline which sits behind and to the right of the green.


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
13 Cnoc na Smug 5 436 426 16 416 6
This dog-leg right par 5, known as ‘Cnoc na Smug’ is littered with bunkers on both sides of the fairway with heavy rough and a downward slope to the right which discourages cutting across the dog-leg.Bunkers on each side to the front of this green often catch players going for the green in two, but can even determine whether the 3rd shot is played as a low chip shot through the narrow entrance to the green or a high pitch to escape the traps.


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
14 Plateau 4 363 361 4 329 2
The ‘Plateau’ is so called so by the three table top areas which make up this hole, the tee box, the mid section and the green. The tee shot demands a long hit over a low lying heavy rough area to the mid section table top of the hole. Hit over the mid section and you should get a good run down onto the fairway on the low lying area to the other side of the mid section.A raised two-tiered green lies ahead for the second shot. Fall short on this hole and the run back down the slope is a severe one. The elongated green slopes from back to front.


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
15 Bovairds 3 105 97 18 99 18
Standing on the elevated tee box at ‘Bovairds’, it’s hard not to notice the five bunkers which surround the green. It may be stroke index 18 but the bunkers at this hole are probably the deepest on the course.


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
16 Sweet Nellies 4 374 364 2 339 4
The 16th at Greencastle is regarded as the seconded toughest hole on the course. Two bunkers to the left and right are perfectly placed to catch drives that don’t get the run past them at the narrowest part of the fairway.Sweet Nellies beach sits to the right of this hole and the white sticks for out of bounds here are less than 10 metres off the fairway.The 16th green slopes from left to right and a large bunker to the front left protects the preferred line to allow the ball to roll down the sloping green into the middle. A fence tight to the right of the green is out of bounds.

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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
17 Road 4 277 267 14 257 10
Accuracy is needed at the ‘Road Hole’17th to avoid finishing in the thick rough, behind the tall fir trees that sit out to the right, or in the middle of the young trees grouped to the left. A good drive here could easily make the green but the road to the right also awaits a slightly errant shot.There are bunkers to the left and right of this flat sheltered green and out of bounds behind.


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Hole Name Par White Green SI Red SI
18 Garden 3 170 160 12 160 16
The finishing hole at Greencastle is known as the ‘Garden’, marked by out of bounds posts along the right of the hole, and played from an elevated tee box. Susceptible to heavy winds, this final par 3 can be very tricky, especially with the proximity of the clubhouse to the right of the green. Three bunkers protect both sides of this large green with a narrow entrance and, if the sand and wind haven’t been enough of a challenge, the on-looking spectators from the clubhouse and the 1st Tee box may prove to be a test for your nerves and confidence. Either way it’s not far to the clubhouse to relax with a drink and a meal after your day on the course.

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