The course is a nine hole nine tee setup. There are some challenging risk and reward holes, especially the seventh and the ninth. The seventh is a straight par 4 crossed by the Scallastle River so an over ambitious drive is likely to end up wet. Discretion is definitely advised. The ninth is a par 4 crossed by the same river which will collect any unwary tee shots.
Accuracy off the tee is rewarded, especially if the wind is blowing, so it is advisable to carry extra balls. The rough can be penal and, at times, nesting terns can make navigating the second fairway exhilarating! However, the course is one of the most scenic you are ever likely to play and with the sun on your back there are not many better places to be.
Holes 1 and 10: 261 yards, Par 4. Stroke index 13 and 14
From the 1st tee it is a straight drive over a rough area and burn to a large green shared with hole 3. Wayward tee shots to the left will attract rough, gorse bushes and the beach beyond. There is however plenty of room to land the ball to the centre or right of the fairway. The area between the dip at the front of the 6th green and the burn can often be boggy hence a local rule is in place should your ball plug in this area allowing relief without penalty.
Holes 2 and 11: 285 yards, Par 4. Stroke index 11 and 12
From the 2nd tee it is a straight drive down the fairway avoiding anything to the left which could result in playing a second shot from the beach. Anything to the right will hopefully land in safety on the adjacent 3rd fairway. The green is relatively small and is raised and protected by a rock outcrop that demands an airborne shot to land safely on it rather than a low running approach. Beware of anything through the green which can result in heavy rough or again the beach.
Holes 3 and 12: 241 yards, Par 3. Stroke index 5 and 6
A long par 3 but with a straight shot from a raised tee to counteract some of the distance on this hole. Minor rough to the right and left of the fairway can affect the approach shot to a large green shared with the 1st hole.
Holes 4 and 13: 324 yards, Par 4. Stroke index 7 and 8
Dog leg right hole with the green hidden from view by a line of large trees. There is plenty of room to the centre or left of the fairway however anything left does increase the distance to the green. Anything to the right will involve an approach shot over the trees. The green is protected by a water hazard to the front right and any shots through the green can attract deep rough.
Holes 5 and 14: 132 yards, Par 3. Stroke index 15 and 16
Short par 3 from an elevated tee with minor rough to the right. Anything through the green can attract heavy rough so the safe shot is one that is slightly short.
Holes 6 and 15: 406 yards, Par 4. Stroke index 1 and 2
The hardest hole on the course is a dog leg left from an elevated tee with a water hazard up the left hand side. Long hitters can take on the water hazard but if not there is plenty of room centre or right of the fairway. The approach shot after that is over the same area subject of the local rule mentioned at hole 1 so once again relief without penalty is available.
Holes 7 and 16: 310 yards, Par 4. Stroke index 9 and 10
Only the longest of hitters can clear the river which splits this hole and the safe shot is a lay up over the heavy rough area and onto the fairway past the clubhouse. The area to the left of the clubhouse including the car park is out of bounds. The approach shot to the green is fairly straightforward over the river with plenty of room to land the ball to the centre or left. Anything long and right is likely to land on the beach.
Holes 8 and 17: 135 yards, Par 3. Stroke index 17 and 18
A short par 3 with rough to the left and right of the green and an area of rough also to the front right. The road borders the left hand side and is out of bounds so please be aware of any approaching traffic before playing a tee shot.
Holes 9 and 18: 430 yards, Par 4. Stroke index 3 and 4
The longest hole on the course which is again split in two by the river. Tee shots to the centre and left are the best option however anything wayward and to the right will result in punishing rough. The second shot over the river and subsequent approach to the green is relatively straightforward and the ditch to the right hand side running from the clubhouse to 1st tee is subject to relief without penalty.