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Macreddin golf club

  • 07-09-2020 8:42am
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    Registered Users Posts: 4,142 ✭✭✭ blue note


    Any thoughts on this place? I put my name down for their scratch cup on Sunday. I was bored yesterday and looked up the course guide and open up Google maps to check distances. Would I be right in thinking that you're probably better off leaving the driver in the bag on most holes? The holes really seem to get narrow around the 220m mark.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    blue note wrote: »
    Any thoughts on this place? I put my name down for their scratch cup on Sunday. I was bored yesterday and looked up the course guide and open up Google maps to check distances. Would I be right in thinking that you're probably better off leaving the driver in the bag on most holes? The holes really seem to get narrow around the 220m mark.
    Not really. Unless you're hitting it over 250 yards and even then, there's generally a line. Below are all straight shots unless stated otherwise:

    1st - Take a line over the trees on the left. 2nd - Over the trees on the right. 3rd, so long as you're straight. 5th - Plenty of room, but take your line off the right side of the gorse on the left. 6th - A fun hole, but just don't be left. Right is fine albeit with the chance that you could get snookered behind a pine tree. 8th - plenty of room, but left fairway/rough is a good aiming point. 9th actually gets wider towards the dogleg. 10th plenty of room. 11th also plenty of room, but don't aim at the flag - right side of the hill is the line. 12th - probably best to keep the driver in the bag. Ideal landing zone is halfway up fairway on the right (about 200m). 13th - The Tiger line is about 10 yards left of the rightmost trees, there's a little fairway there that gives you a good shot at the green in two. Otherwise hit something shorter and left fairway. 15th - let her fly :), 16th - A draw off the last trees on the left is ideal. 18th - Plenty of room, a slight cut off the bunker is the ideal shot.


  • Registered Users Posts: 555 Jim Stynes


    I played a black tee comp here. Don’t think I broke 25 points! Such a hard course from the black tees. Completely exhausted as well! Book a buggy!


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,486 ✭✭✭✭ Frisbee


    Jim Stynes wrote: »
    I played a black tee comp here. Don’t think I broke 25 points! Such a hard course from the black tees. Completely exhausted as well! Book a buggy!

    Can't stress this enough. It is a serious slog if you walk it (which I stupidly have done), my bag felt like it was full of bricks by the end.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,142 ✭✭✭ blue note


    Tees aren't specified. If it's black it'll be some fun! I saw killeen Castle had a stableford comp from the blacks. I think it was 7,667 yards or something. I wouldn't generally have problems with distance, but within reason! That's mental!


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    Jim Stynes wrote: »
    I played a black tee comp here. Don’t think I broke 25 points! Such a hard course from the black tees. Completely exhausted as well! Book a buggy!
    Yeah, it's a different course. Some of the tee shots are absolute knee-tremblers. :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    blue note wrote: »
    Tees aren't specified. If it's black it'll be some fun! I saw killeen Castle had a stableford comp from the blacks. I think it was 7,667 yards or something. I wouldn't generally have problems with distance, but within reason! That's mental!
    White tees, you can breathe. :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    Frisbee wrote: »
    Can't stress this enough. It is a serious slog if you walk it (which I stupidly have done), my bag felt like it was full of bricks by the end.
    A good compromise is to walk the front nine and buggy the back. The rule there is buggies on the paths only, so you can sometimes be walking a bit to your ball anyway. The front nine is an easy enough walk, so you can mix it. But I'd say book one for the scratch cup and book early as they could run out of them with one player per buggy. Unless you're sharing with a family member or someone in your 'bubble'.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,463 ✭✭✭ willabur


    Macreddin is a brilliant park land course. It has some spectacular holes. If it wasn't such a pain in the arse to get to I would play it way more often.

    You definitely need a buggy

    But the buggy needs to stay on the path. It makes for alot of running around carrying around multiple clubs and a long long round. Don't expect a sub- 4.5 hour round would be my advice


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,486 ✭✭✭✭ Frisbee


    Is it Macreddin that have the Competition off the black tees that's called 'Break 30' ? I think it is, which shows how tough it can play.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,142 ✭✭✭ blue note


    I kind of want to carry my clubs now. It seems like a challenge I have a chance in. I'm not confident of bringing in a good score, but I reckon I can carry my clubs and survive.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 350 ✭✭ Skyfloater


    Played it last Friday, there was placing on the fairways as it was surprisingly squelchy under foot.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,541 ✭✭✭✭ GreeBo


    Its a lovely course, you dont need a buggy, but I dont think I would carry either, just bring a power trolley.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,770 ✭✭✭✭ First Up


    Its a fine course but a fair old hike too.


  • Subscribers Posts: 16,430 ✭✭✭✭ copacetic


    I always carry clubs, macreddin is the only course I haven’t. Played a couple of weeks ago and got buggy as usual, it’s a nightmare walk. It’s a very tricky driving course too in my opinion, very easy to kick off fairway mounds the wrong way into heather and unfindable on the front 9. 3 wood definitely the right call on the shorter par 4s and the unreachable par 5s. On back 9 it’s probably fairer, but still tight enough through the forest with some big carries if off back tees.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,446 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    Lovely course, a fair trek especially if you zig zag your way down every hole like I did.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,513 ✭✭✭ Luckycharm


    You need a buggy alone just to get from 9th green to 10th tee box :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 555 Jim Stynes


    What’s it like off the normal tees? Off the black tees it was far too hard for me. So hard thst I wouldn’t go back. I play off 9 as well so I’m not totally crap but that was just far too much for me. Some of the tee shots were ridiculously long. It was a strange place as well, such an impressive course but hardly a green keeper in sight and no club house. Was this a Celtic Tiger set up at one stage?


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,770 ✭✭✭✭ First Up


    Jim Stynes wrote:
    What’s it like off the normal tees? Off the black tees it was far too hard for me. So hard thst I wouldn’t go back. I play off 9 as well so I’m not totally crap but that was just far too much for me. Some of the tee shots were ridiculously long. It was a strange place as well, such an impressive course but hardly a green keeper in sight and no club house. Was this a Celtic Tiger set up at one stage?


    One of the worst cases. Entry money was eye wateringly high at first as I recall.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    First Up wrote: »
    One of the worst cases. Entry money was eye wateringly high at first as I recall.
    I read somewhere that it was €30k :eek:

    Somebody told me recently that it actually went up after the first tranche of members joined.

    What a mad time that was.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,142 ✭✭✭ blue note


    Membership is under a grand I think now. Wouldn't you hate to be that member that paid €30k!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    Jim Stynes wrote: »
    What’s it like off the normal tees? Off the black tees it was far too hard for me. So hard thst I wouldn’t go back. I play off 9 as well so I’m not totally crap but that was just far too much for me. Some of the tee shots were ridiculously long. It was a strange place as well, such an impressive course but hardly a green keeper in sight and no club house. Was this a Celtic Tiger set up at one stage?
    It's about 500-600 yards shorter off the whites. There's a scorecard in yards here. The blacks are a challenge alright, very difficult to get a good score. I played it a few weeks back with my son and had 22 or 23 points. He had 32 off 10. One day I'll do it. :)

    The only tip I could give you on how to score off the blacks is concentrating on the par 3s and short par 4s. The par 5s are very difficult to score off when we've had weather like this for a while, they just play too long when there's very little bounce on the fairways.

    Whites are easier in these conditions, but you still need to think each shot.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,486 ✭✭✭✭ Frisbee


    Jim Stynes wrote: »
    What’s it like off the normal tees? Off the black tees it was far too hard for me. So hard thst I wouldn’t go back. I play off 9 as well so I’m not totally crap but that was just far too much for me. Some of the tee shots were ridiculously long. It was a strange place as well, such an impressive course but hardly a green keeper in sight and no club house. Was this a Celtic Tiger set up at one stage?

    Surely all those abandoned Chalets on the back 9 gave that away? :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 555 Jim Stynes


    Frisbee wrote: »
    Surely all those abandoned Chalets on the back 9 gave that away? :pac:

    Jesus I forgot about that too. Some massive houses sitting abandoned. Crazy! You boys in the south must have went mental with your money!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    Jim Stynes wrote: »
    Jesus I forgot about that too. Some massive houses sitting abandoned. Crazy! You boys in the south must have went mental with your money!!
    I enquired about those once. I'm told (and I haven't checked) that they have planning permission as holiday homes, so can't be sold as residences. I think they're doing them up now, as when I was there a few weeks ago, I noticed new gas cylinders had been installed on each one. Covid probably put a halt to any other work.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,446 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    blue note wrote: »
    Membership is under a grand I think now. Wouldn't you hate to be that member that paid €30k!

    600 quid according to their site.

    Only things going against this place is the lack of club house and the location is a bit awkward.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,770 ✭✭✭✭ First Up


    awec wrote:
    Only things going against this place is the lack of club house and the location is a bit awkward.


    Too far from Dublin to attract members but its nice to play a couple of times with dinner and overnight in the Brooklodge between rounds.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,710 ✭✭✭✭ fullstop


    prawnsambo wrote: »
    I read somewhere that it was €30k :eek:

    Somebody told me recently that it actually went up after the first tranche of members joined.

    What a mad time that was.

    You’d have to be mad to pay that money to join there, Celtic Tiger or not. Have played it 4 or 5 times and it has been very boggy every time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,142 ✭✭✭ blue note


    So I'm not long home after teeing off at 11:50. Round took just over 5 hours! Then to compound it, there was some incident on the road on the way home. Not sure where, but it took me an hour and a half to get to the dundrum exit!

    And my round did not go well either. Started okay, bogey on 1st, should probably have gotten up and down for par. 2nd hole I was perfect from the tee, so tried to lay up with a 5 iron. Pulled it left out of bounds. Drop 3, repeat 4, drop 5 decide to play an 8 I be safe and pulled it out of bounds left again. Then I decided I was gone from the comp so better pick up and not hold people up. Comp over for me on the second fairway!

    So after that I probably didn't concentrate a whole lot, but hit some good shots until I got near the green generally. It's definitely not a course for the driver for me. 3w is much more accurate and you don't need the distance at all. Par 5s are u though to reach in two anyway, so there's a good argument to play an iron from the tee on these.

    The 4th is a really odd hole. Impossible to club. There was a huge wind into us so I was trying to work out the how much to take off for that and add on for the elevation. So I hit a 6i. It carried the green, ob.

    I think the 6th was the first hole I used my driver on. With the wind it's absolutely a driver hole, green very makeable and if your tendancy is to slice it right like me, you'll be in pines that aren't too dense. That said, I ended up blocked off, chipped out, then on, then two putts for a double.

    The course is lovely, but condition could be a lot better. Tee boxes are in poor condition, whole course is very soft, greens soft and slow, fairways a bit sparse (they had placing). I carried the bag for the round and other than the walk between 9 and 10 the walking wasn't bad at all. The real downside to all the buggies is that they're anti social. Everyone kind of drives around on their own. Also, staying on paths and having to run across the fairway for each shot must be very frustrating.

    There are some lovely holes on the course though. I think the index 1 is a real standout. The par 5s are very strong too. I don't think it's worth the journey for me to be honest though, I'll look for someplace closer next time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,541 ✭✭✭✭ GreeBo


    blue note wrote: »
    Also, staying on paths and having to run across the fairway for each shot must be very frustrating.
    This drives me bananas, invariably I end up hitting the wrong club because I couldnt be bothered going back to the cart for the correct one.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,142 ✭✭✭ blue note


    GreeBo wrote: »
    This drives me bananas, invariably I end up hitting the wrong club because I couldnt be bothered going back to the cart for the correct one.

    What a guy in the group in front seemed to do was run across to check the distance, then go back to get his club. Same guy also came back to hit from the tee a few times in the round rather than play a provisional. And he must have been way out of the comp at this stage. His playing partners were driving off on him by the end of the round. I'm glad I wasn't in that group.

    That said, I can't blame him for the hold up. Even with all that we were on the tee boxes with them waiting to hit off on most holes.


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