Kirkistown, where Rory McIlroys’ coach Michael Bannon learnt how to play the game. A course which epitomises links golf.
Well, unfortunately I was unimpressed on my first visit. The reason being was that it all just seemed a little boring.
For a start I was hoping to see a bit more of the sea, what with this course being a links course and all. But the course has taken a step back from the shores of the Ards peninsula to allow for a main road and some houses.
You will get to see the crashing waves when you reach the high points of the course, two small hills that poke up at either end of the course.
I can’t be entirely critical of Kirkistown. The challenge of the course is excellent. The greens are difficult to get to, the hazards are predominantly bunkers and you have to be able to play in the wind in order to score well.
Not only that, but the course is open to non members late afternoon on Saturdays, an attribute which always helps to endear a course to my heart.