The first hole is an uphill Par 5 for the men and the ladies. The fairway is protected to the right by two large bunkers while a large tree will provide a testing obstacle to those tee shots which are too far to the left. Tee shots played up along the left edge of the fairway will fall back to the centre of the fairway leaving a clear view of the green. The second shot plays uphill to a large green with the shot playing longer than its actual distance because of the rise in elevation. The green is guarded to the right by a deep sand bunker.
The Par 3 second requires an uphill tee shot to an open fronted green with two bunkers to the right and one on the left. Judging the distance on your tee shot is vital while a tee shot missing the green will test the player's short game ability. The green slopes to the front so avoid going long especially if the flag is in the front. The sleepers to the left of the green are considered part of the course.
The third hole is a gentle dogleg Par 4. A bunker on the left of the fairway is well paced to catch wayward drives. The second shot is downhill to a large green protected on the right by a bunker while shots missing the green to the left or long will feed away from the green.
Hole 4 is a Par 3 played from an elevated tee to sloping green protected to the left by a large bunker. Because of the difference in elevation from tee to green the hole does not play its length but a key factor in club selection is the wind. The wind frequently blows from the west, the left, and punishes poor direction
Hole 5 is a long testing Par 4. Course management is essential with fairway bunkers strategically placed to catch loose shots. The green slopes to the front and is a real test of putting.
A wonderful Par 5 with trouble lurking all along the right. A bunker located to the left of the fairway captures many drives but for those who keep it straight the reward is an opportunity to reach or get close to the two tiered green. A tree in the middle of the fairway less than 100 metres from the green provides an interesting obstacle for second and third shots. The tiered green is raised with bunkers left and right.
The seventh hole is a test of course management. Not long but a stray tee shot could find long rough to the right or one of the fairway bunkers to the left. The green is protected to the right and front left by bunkers while approach shots missing to the left will feed away from the green.
One of the easier holes on the course, No. 8 is a pleasant Par 4 requiring an accurate tee shot followed by a mid to short iron second shot. The green is banked to the left with a bunker guarding along the right side.
The front nine is completed by a Par 3 once again played from an elevated tee. Clubbing the tee shot is vital as the difference in elevation from the tee to the green means that it does not play its full length. Bunkers to the left and right of the green will capture slightly wayward shots, while going long is a "no-no" as out-of-bounds is close to the back of the green.
The back nine starts with an uphill Par 4 dogleg right to left. From the tee be careful of the out of bounds practice area along the left side. Once you reach the top of the hill it is a short approach shot to a relatively flat green with only one bunker to the left side.
The "Signature" hole of the golf course, No. 11 provides spectacular views out over Killiney Bay. A short Par 4 that calls for course management with bunkers on both sides of the fairway. Keep out of these and you are left with a short approach to a three-tiered green. Avoid going left or long as you will be left with an extremely difficult up and down.
The 12th hole is a downhill Par 4 dogleg right to left. There are three bunkers along the right of the fairway and one solitary bunker to the left but its location is strategic. A three wood or long iron from the tee to the middle of the fairway leaves a short or medium iron to the green which is protected to the left and rear by foliage and by bunkers both left and right.
Hole 13 is a wonderful Par 3 requiring accurate iron play and a good putting touch. The two-tiered green is protected by three bunkers. Missing the green left or right will test the players short game.
A downhill Par 4 which doglegs from left to right. There is out of bounds all along the right side and a fairway bunker places an additional premium on accuracy. The second shot will be played from an elevated fairway to a green which is protected on both sides by bunkers. The longer hitter will find a well hit tee shot leaves a short approach shot with a good chance of a birdie.
A generous Par 5. Avoid the fairway bunker to the left off the tee and the large tree to the right. The approach to the green should be thought out as there are bunkers on the left and to the front while the green slopes back to front leaving a difficult pitch or chip if the player goes long.
The sixteenth hole is a flat par three played to a large green. Bunkers left and right provide the only trouble. The hole generally plays into the prevailing wind so make sure to check before you select your Club because the hole can play longer than it looks.
Hole 17 is a great Par 4. A tight tee shot on a dogleg left to right. The line from the tee is “straight down the fairway” leaving you a medium to long iron second shot uphill to a slightly raised green. The approach plays longer than you may think so one club more may be required. A sloping green will test your putting touch.
The finishing hole is a Par 5 which demands a combination of ball striking, course management and a good short game. The fairway doglegs right to left through trees which frame both sides of the hole. A wayward second shot makes achieving a par difficult. A well placed second shot leaves a short to medium iron to a green which is protected in the front and right by difficult bunkers. A large green can fool many so be careful when deciding on your approach to the green.