The first three holes are dramatically laid out along the Irish Sea.
The first is an uphill par four to a narrow fairway, with all the opportunities to land the ball on the rocky seashore. The second is a par three over a ravine, oftentimes into a gale-force wind – as was the case on the day we played. Reaching the green 160 yards away required a well-struck spoon, and it still landed a bit short. And so it continues, with eight of the holes bordering the Irish Sea. The only respite comes on a few heathland holes in the middle of the round, but even they are a challenge with strong winds. At the turn, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the bay and village just south of Ardglass before you turn back toward the sea for more punishment by the wind. But it’s a good punishment – every hole is a joy to play.