The golf course architecture firm of Robert Trent Jones II (RTJ II) is nearing completion of Hogs Head Golf Club, an original design adjacent to the scenic shoreline cliffs south of Waterville, Ireland. The unique layout will be unveiled in August 2017. But we have got some exclusive pictures just for you!
A headlands course surrounded by farmland, Hogs Head Golf Club boasts views of both the Atlantic seascape and the tallest mountains in the country – called Macgillicuddy’s Reeks – while incorporating a salmon-nurturing stream that dominates strategy on the first nine holes.
The legend Matt Ginella has played the course and dropped some exclusive details about the next great Irish Links.
“Hogs Head is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, which is the new neighbor to Waterville Golf Links in the Southwest of Ireland. Jones worked with 200 acres to create a heathland course (a links/parkland hybrid) perched above the Waterville House and a quaint town of 450 residents.
There is a membership option (€3,500/year, no initiation), and there will be limited outside play (about 3,000 non-member rounds/year at €250/round). Several spectacular holes are either along a rushing river, the ocean, or the surrounding mountains where local farmers can be heard calling their cows in for dinner. Clubhouse is open for lunch and dinner to anyone booking a reservation in advance. Although this summer is a “soft opening,” expect something more official and extravagant in the near future. Lots more details on an upcoming @gcmorningdrive. Meanwhile, swipe left for more Hogs Head #parnography. #ginellasjourneys”
Hogs Head, it get’s better!
The intent is for Hogs Head to pose firm, fast, links-like conditions that reward both an aerial or ground game, depending on the ever-changing coastal climate.
“We provided multiple choices of how to play many of the holes, given the weather of the day,” Jones said. “It will be different every day with that hidden dimension of variable winds.”
The heart and soul of Jones’ design are captured in the five par 3s, naturally spectacular and diverse as they defend par with the river, the cliffs, the wind and the sea. The balance of the golf course is a supporting cast of classic characters that includes a Biarritz green, as well as other nuances that rekindle the spirit of golf architecture’s grand masters.
“The owner’s vision is to create a championship caliber golf course equal to Ireland’s unsurpassed passion for the game of golf, a passion we wholeheartedly share,” Jones said. “Our working motto has been, ‘built by friends for friends for fun.’ And we know this course will deliver the fun.”
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