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Club with best practice area near Dublin

  • 16-01-2021 8:28pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 27 ✭✭✭ daveconn10


    Anyone any suggestions on this one?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,452 ✭✭✭ willabur


    daveconn10 wrote: »
    Anyone any suggestions on this one?[/quot


    Portmarnock is 👌👌👌


  • Registered Users Posts: 923 ✭✭✭ billy3sheets


    Not sure what you mean by near but north of the river...
    St Margaret's has driving bays, chipping and putting
    Black Bush similar
    Royal Dublin similar
    Roganstown similar but not quite as good

    Of the courses I'm familiar with near Dublin, these are the best.


  • Registered Users Posts: 701 ✭✭✭ Golfhead65


    Not a member but Palmerston House is fantastic


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,919 ✭✭✭ spacecoyote


    If you mean "in Dublin" then this is no use, but near Dublin, Castlewarden has a driving range, short game area and extra putting green beside first tee. Started installation of practice bunker at the first tee green last year, but its not finished yet


  • Registered Users Posts: 27 ✭✭✭ daveconn10


    The reason being is it's a massive consideration in joining a club. Getting value is nearly as much about the facilities as the course.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 25,518 ✭✭✭✭ GreeBo


    Can you narrow down "near Dublin"?
    Big difference between Wicklow and Drogheda for example.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27 ✭✭✭ daveconn10


    GreeBo wrote: »
    Can you narrow down "near Dublin"?
    Big difference between Wicklow and Drogheda for example.

    Near would be within 20k of the city centre


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,361 ✭✭✭ Felexicon


    daveconn10 wrote: »
    Near would be within 20k of the city centre

    Beaverstown have good facilities.

    No long driving range though


  • Registered Users Posts: 656 ✭✭✭ hurleronditch


    Carton House surely? Massive driving range, top quality short game and bunker practice area and very nice putting green


  • Registered Users Posts: 433 ✭✭ Sultan_of_Ping


    Carton House surely? Massive driving range, top quality short game and bunker practice area and very nice putting green

    I’d second that - expansive practice area, excellent short game facility (including top notch bunkers and contouring) and as well maintained as the courses.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,588 ✭✭✭✭ Seve OB


    There is quite possibly no club in the country who has better facilities than Carton House


  • Registered Users Posts: 15 DaveQuinn2020


    Howth has a very good practice range. Decent size putting green, 2 small chipping greens, one other larger chipping green with space to hit full wedges. 2 practice bunkers. Ball dispenser (€1 for small bucket!!), driving range mat and a well maintained grass driving range. It's an under rated feature in Howth.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,318 ✭✭✭✭ FixdePitchmark


    The Island and Portmarnock and Royal Dublin are the best I have seen.

    But I guess you have to be realistic in life too.

    Parkland wise. I think Luttrellstown and Margert's are good.

    Agree on Seve on Carton - but Seve are you talking GUI facility or Carton itself ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,588 ✭✭✭✭ Seve OB


    Howth has a very good practice range. Decent size putting green, 2 small chipping greens, one other larger chipping green with space to hit full wedges. 2 practice bunkers. Ball dispenser (€1 for small bucket!!), driving range mat and a well maintained grass driving range. It's an under rated feature in Howth.

    What’s the new pro like there now? Well I guess he is not really new anymore


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,919 ✭✭✭ spacecoyote


    The Island and Portmarnock and Royal Dublin are the best I have seen.

    But I guess you have to be realistic in life too.

    Parkland wise. I think Luttrellstown and Margert's are good.

    Agree on Seve on Carton - but Seve are you talking GUI facility or Carton itself ?

    Would be the GUI centre, but I think that you may get access as part of the membership of the club?


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,919 ✭✭✭ spacecoyote


    Seve OB wrote: »
    What’s the new pro like there now? Well I guess he is not really new anymore

    What's Howth like in general as a club and course? Its Dublin, its links, and after Corballis, seems to be the most reasonable value in Dublin for membership if you want (ex Covid) year round golf


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,604 ✭✭✭ BigChap1759


    What's Howth like in general as a club and course? Its Dublin, its links, and after Corballis, seems to be the most reasonable value in Dublin for membership if you want (ex Covid) year round golf

    IMO it’s a fairly poor course, some crazy greens in terms of elevations from the landing area - savage views though


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,626 ✭✭✭ gypsy79


    What's Howth like in general as a club and course? Its Dublin, its links, and after Corballis, seems to be the most reasonable value in Dublin for membership if you want (ex Covid) year round golf

    Its parkland in style with some very very unusual holes. One leg short than other would be useful

    Only played it once


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


    Dun Laoghaire has excellent practice facilities for all aspects of the game.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,060 ✭✭✭ Ollieboy


    gypsy79 wrote: »
    Its parkland in style with some very very unusual holes. One leg short than other would be useful

    Only played it once

    Most people only play it once to be honest, you need a buggy. If you have a poor heart I would stay away from it, it’s a tough walk. But cracking views of Dublin which are worth the green fee.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,060 ✭✭✭ Ollieboy


    I don’t think you will find better then Carton in greater Dublin area but Malahide is really good and Margaret’s.


  • Registered Users Posts: 337 ✭✭ frink


    Dun Laoghaire had the potential to create the best facilities but they made a mess of the planning/layout as well as the uphill driving range. That said they have a new academy with trackman which is top of the range.


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


    frink wrote:
    Dun Laoghaire had the potential to create the best facilities but they made a mess of the planning/layout as well as the uphill driving range. That said they have a new academy with trackman which is top of the range.

    Good short game area too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 337 ✭✭ frink


    First Up wrote: »
    Good short game area too.

    The pitching area is brilliant but the chipping green is an after thought as the green is terribly designed.
    But where they are located so far from each other is my biggest problem with it. You can't hit a bucket of balls on the range, practice your chips and then putt before playing given the distance between all 3


  • Registered Users Posts: 15 DaveQuinn2020


    Seve OB wrote: »
    What’s the new pro like there now? Well I guess he is not really new anymore

    Alan O'Sullivan. He is excellent. The club invested a lot in the Pro-Shop when he joined so it is a huge improvement on what McGuirks had in place previously.

    I've used him for lessons and he has helped me bring my handicap down significantly. Really nice fella too!


  • Registered Users Posts: 15 DaveQuinn2020


    What's Howth like in general as a club and course? Its Dublin, its links, and after Corballis, seems to be the most reasonable value in Dublin for membership if you want (ex Covid) year round golf

    Its playable year round off fairways and no temporary greens. Its not a links course, more heathland with some quirky holes. Its a tricky test, with a lot of different shots required and some semi-blind shots There is a good active membership with lots of evening competitions mid-week which is a huge advantage in my book. Easy enough to get on the timesheet compared to other north Dublin clubs. Very good value. Very active in inter-club also.

    Some people complain about the hills, but I've seen 80 year olds carry bags. I carry a bag most of the time, and only use a powakaddy for big competitions. If you are reasonably fit and healthy its not a problem at all. Great views.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,588 ✭✭✭✭ Seve OB


    Alan O'Sullivan. He is excellent. The club invested a lot in the Pro-Shop when he joined so it is a huge improvement on what McGuirks had in place previously.

    I've used him for lessons and he has helped me bring my handicap down significantly. Really nice fella too!

    good to hear, I have met him a few times & know his dad quite well


  • Registered Users Posts: 396 ✭✭ swededmonkey


    Howth has a very good practice range. Decent size putting green, 2 small chipping greens, one other larger chipping green with space to hit full wedges. 2 practice bunkers. Ball dispenser (€1 for small bucket!!), driving range mat and a well maintained grass driving range. It's an under rated feature in Howth.

    Is the driving range open to non members?


  • Registered Users Posts: 15 DaveQuinn2020


    Is the driving range open to non members?

    I'm afraid not, members only.


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