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Dooks, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry
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links/parkland
Links
Province
Munster
County
Kerry
Dooks Golf Club was founded in 1889 and is one of the five oldest links in Ireland, the charm, the atmosphere and the superb seaside setting of a truly traditional golf links makes Dooks a golf experience that has to be experienced. It's come a long way since some local army officers starting playing through the dunes, but what attracted them is still clear. McGillycuddy's Reeks and the Dingle Mountains are just some of the scenic highlights that add beauty to what is on its own a stunning looking layout.

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Overall rating 
 
6.5
Shot making / Variety 
 
6.3  (2)
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
7.0  (2)
Design Variety 
 
6.5  (2)
Memorability 
 
7.0  (2)
Condition 
 
6.3  (2)
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
6.5  (2)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Shot making / Variety 
 
5.0
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
5.0
Design Variety 
 
5.0
Memorability 
 
5.0
Condition 
 
5.0
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
5.0
please remove this review Reviewed by please remove this review September 06, 2015
Last updated: March 22, 2017

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Date of your round
August 21, 2015
Overall rating 
 
8.1
Shot making / Variety 
 
7.5
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
9.0
Design Variety 
 
8.0
Memorability 
 
9.0
Condition 
 
7.5
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
8.0
Niall Reviewed by Niall July 31, 2013

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As a natural links course with a swirling wind, Dooks gets you thinking and weighing up your options.

I cheekily played a few holes from the blue tees just because it was too tempting. They move the teeboxes around quite a bit, so the ones in play won't always be the most scenic. I'd recommend people to look around and find the best teeboxes, especially on the front nine.

We have all seen the iconic teebox photographs from Ballybunion and Tralee, but if I returned to Dooks with a camera I reckon I could take pictures from at least 3 teeboxes that would be very difficult to match anywhere in the country.

It's incredibly dramatic scenery around the course with a wide range of geographical features in view, too many to name. The really breathtaking stuff is Dingle bay, Carrauntuohill, the Mcgillycuddy Reeks, the Dingle mountains, Rossbeigh and Inch peninsulas. We need to get the message out there about the beauty on display while playing this course.

I think the course is cleverly designed for a couple of reasons.
1. It does have changes in elevation but it's also a joy to walk around
2. They are a bit short of space in parts, but clever designs of the holes mean it's not really an issue

As for having different options available for playing shots, and interesting contours.. I could literally spend a whole day out there trying out different ideas for playing the holes. I wish EA Sports would add Dooks to Tiger Woods 2014 on the Playstation so I could work out how the course should be played.

I think that high handicappers and ladies playing from the forward tees will love this course. I did manage to lose two balls on the day but they were both to woeful tee shots where I was trying to hit the ball too hard in an attempt to carry an obstacle. You have done something seriously wrong if you lose a golf ball here, so you don't mind too much when it happens. Certainly not the course's fault! I also think the course would be very challenging to a low handicapper from the blue tees, especially if it gets windy. The greens are subtle and not easy so your approach would need to be stone dead in order to guarantee a birdie. You're better off trying to use contours to run up on to greens rather than trying to hold them. A fabulous links course that I will return to as often as geography and economics allow.
Date of your round
July 24, 2013