For the purist, this Harry Colt design is in a class of its own in the northwest of Ireland and certainly it has a different feel to anywhere else within a hundred miles. Pat Ruddy, who grew up playing here, has recently returned to make some changes, most notably extending the downhill par-5 3rd by some 50 yards. There are some seriously classy holes here, beginning with the short 4th, which would not be out of place at Muirfield, as well as some spectacular views of Ben Bulben and more changes of elevation than you might anticipate on an old links.
The hole that first springs to my mind when I think of Rosses Point is the 17th, a true championship-deciding par 4. The drive is straight-forward enough, then the fairway swings left and uphill. Reaching the heart of the huge green always seems to require one extra club than you allow for, the rising ground sapping distance from your approach.
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