|Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1948
||Mount Juliet 2010_locked.crz
CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.
Real, woodland course
No, it's not Romeo's favourite pastime. It's actually a heavily-strategic,
Jack Nicklaus-designed track in the heart of Ireland. And therein lies the
course's biggest weakness: Mount Juliet plays far too artificially to really
put across a flavour of the emerald countryside and what great Irish golf
could be all about. Sure, it's great championship golf, but it would easily sit
happily in the middle of Kentucky, Germany or even the lusher parts of
Australia. Each and every hole has immaculate design credentials,
particularly the 10th and 16th, but there's just no authenticity: the hallmark of too many Nicklaus creations.
A very clean-cut look to the course should meet with approval, with well-defined textures and planting marking a crystal-clear golfing
layout. There's been some great attention to texture rings and the water features, too. But the multitude of bunkers feel like they've
been neglected in the polishing status, and there's a lot of inconsistency in the grass planting, particularly in the lack of underplanting.
There's a notable absence of course objects, too.
Repeated plays will really show up some of the lovely finesses in this design. The use of overhanging, claustrophobic planting is
superb, and the open water features play a neatly-balanced counterpoint. It's a shame that the course hangs so heavily on it s
bunkering, which - while admittedly well-placed - is overpowering when deep rough and 'dry' bunkers would have had as good an
There's a lot to play for at Mount Juliet. Depending on the surrounding planting, the rough can be anything from direly penal to a mild
escape shot, and you'll inevitably play a lot of holes out to par. Expect to pick a couple of shots up at the very beginning and end of the
round, but otherwise stick to your guns and a respectable score will result.
Team efforts generally tend to bring out the best in links designers, and given the fact that these designers are working professionally,
there are a few let-downs here. The lack of environment can certainly be taken as shared blame, but problems with grass planting
||A lovely course, and one well worth playing, but you could never claim it does
anything to stick its head out from the ranks.
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