County Louth is a seaside course of rare consistency, beautifully draped across its landscape, only lightly bunkered and never forced. The opening holes are exactly what you would want – on a big scale, with generous fairways and welcoming greens – until you reach the par-5 3rd. Suddenly you are suddenly asked to play into oblivion only to find a green with a significant run-off to the left, followed by a short par 4 to a rolling fairway.
There are pleasant surprises around every corner. A satisfying blend of honest-as-the-day-is-long testers on the flatter territory, plus forays into the dunes, a couple of sharp doglegs and some changes in elevation.
The short holes here are especially good, in a subtle and unshowy kind of way. You won’t find any of them on the front of a glossy book or magazine but they ask demanding questions with some intriguing contours on and around the greens. County Louth is a fine course, and surely among the top 10 in the land.