Fond memories of an old golf course

I read Charlie Mulqueen’s article on Mahony’s Point Killarney with interest, especially when he talked about the original 18 holes before they were broken up into the two courses we know today.

As one of a dwindling number of golfers who played the old course many times, I still hanker to play once more the original course and talking about this to a few golfers yesterday, who are involved over the weekend in the senior cup, I was trying to remember the exact layout.

It started out as the same 1st, 2nd and 3rd of the present Mahony’s Point, and then the 4th hole was an absolute delight played from just right of the 3rd green to the 1st green of the present Killeen course. This was a truly wonderful golf hole, with the lake on the right a serious hazard for the faded second shot. The next two holes were the 2nd and 3rd at Killeen.

There are then some holes that I cannot remember the order of, but I am sure some of Charlie’s readers might fill them in for me. I do know that the finishing holes included the splendid par 4 at Killeen’s, over the drain to the elevated green, and the next hole as well around those wonderful trees to the coffee shop, culminating ih the last five holes of the present Mahony’s Point layout, which is definitely the most wonderfully unique finish to any golf course that I have ever played. I don’t know of any golf course where the original course has been broken up. Yes, I like to play the Killeen course, especially some of the original holes, but then I get nostalgic and I want to finish down by the lake and I want to ultimately stand on the 18th tee with a 6 or 7 iron and see my ball land safely on the green. I’ll play there hopefully next Thursday with my friend Joe, and hope that I don’t hear a gentle splash instead when it lands in the water or indeed, in his words, ‘the rustle as it dives into the rhododendrons on the left’. In the meantime, I look forward to watching some senior cup matches tomorrow to see some wonderful golf in a majestic place. Who knows maybe Killarney might host a charity day some time and allow us to play once more the original 18 holes? That would be a special golfing treat.

Ted Dwyer

Beaumont

Cork

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