Headfort (Championship)

Headfort (Championship)

Headfort (Championship Course)

Headfort (Championship Course) | NCG Top 100s: Ireland

Like several venues on the NCG Top 100s: Ireland list, Headfort is blessed to be the home of two glorious golf courses. 
The Championship Course only opened in 2000, and was designed by Christy O’Connor Jr over land that features water hazards and Asiatic trees. 
The course has played host to the Irish Championships, as well as the Irish Challenge on the European Challenge Tour. 
Headfort is also the home to the Old Course, which has been around since the club’s inception almost a century ago. 
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A Brief History of Headfort (Championship Course)

Headfort Golf Club was founded in 1928, and the club will soon be celebrating its centenary year.  
Nine holes were put into play that year, and the club joined the Golfing Union of Ireland two years later.  
70 years on from opening the Old Course, the club purchased more land and Christy O’Connor Jr put it to good use. The Championship Course opened in 2000, making Headfort a 36-hole property alongside the Old Course.  
Since opening, the course has played host to the Irish Challenge on the European Challenge Tour, along with the Irish Championships.  

Headfort (Championship Course) Review | NCG Top 100s: Ireland

The Championship Course at Headfort Golf Club was designed and constructed onto land that includes water features and an Asiatic tree collection. For an inland course, it is visually one of the best you will find on the NCG Top 100s: Ireland list. It is not the longest course in the world, at less than 6,500 yards, but there is plenty of trouble around if you stray offline... 
The course opens with a 400-yard par 4, playing as a dog-leg from right to left. One fairway bunker and three greenside bunkers lie in wait for anything slightly awry. The 2nd is also a dog-leg left, but playing as a par 5. There is a stream than runs across the fairway around 50 yards from the green, but that provides the perfect number to lay up to before hitting a gentle wedge on to the green. The 3rd green also features water in front of it, but at 338 yards, this is another gentle par 4. The 4th is one of the signature holes on the Championship Course, a short par 3 played over water. It is only 156 yards and there is a decent-sized green to aim at, but the water in front could cause some trouble.  
The 5th tees off over water to a narrow fairway, which has bunkers on both sides. The 6th is the longest hole on the course and with another narrow fairway that must be found if you’re looking to get home in two on this par 5. Behind the 6th green is wet, so don’t go long! That same water hazard is then hit over on the par 3 7th hole before you get to three scorable holes around the turn. 8, 9 and 10 are all less than 385 yards in length, but play very differently. The 8th is a slight dog-leg right with two greenside bunkers, while the 9th features a pair of water hazards to avoid. 10 is also a dog-leg right, but with a much sharper turn after teeing off over water. 
11 is a par 3 played through a corridor of trees, over a bunker to a small green. The 12th is also scorable at just 365 yards, but with water to the back and right of the green on your approach, anything too aggressive could see you reaching into your bag for another ball. A straight away par 4 then gets you to the 14th tee. 14 is a par 5 that can provide a scoring opportunity, but you must find the fairway with your drive. You then get round the turn and will see the green, but there is plenty of trouble ahead with trees and sand surrounding the green.  
The 15th begins the closing stretch on the Championship Course at Headfort and it is a tricky par 4. It is not the longest, less than 400 yards, but there is a narrow fairway and trees to contend with. Two greenside bunkers add to the challenge. 16 is the last par 5, and it plays as a dog-leg right. Only the longest hitters will be able to cut the corner, with us mere mortals playing to the left before making the turn. The 17th is a wonderful par 3, played over water to a round green with three bunkers. The closing hole on the Championship Course sees you play over water to a narrow fairway. There are four fairway bunkers and two greenside bunkers ready for anything slightly mishit. A par on the last is a great way to finish. 

FAQs about Headfort (Championship Course)

Where is Headfort (Championship Course) located?  
Headfort Golf Club is located in the eastern portion of Ireland, in County Meath. It is just outside Kells and around ten miles from Navan. Ireland’s capital city – Dublin – is 45 miles away down the M3.  
Dublin Airport will be the easiest route for international visitors looking to play the Championship Course at Headfort. The airport is just under 50 miles from the club, and has a wide range of flights and destinations, including the United Kingdom, United States and Europe. For those travelling within Ireland by train, Drogheda is the nearest station, but that is still 25 miles from Headfort Golf Club.  

What golf facilities does Headfort offer?
Along with Headfort’s two golf courses, the club is also home to a great practice area in the southwestern corner of the facility. There is a large putting green and an approach area with several greens. There is also an area for golfers to practice mid-to-long irons.  

What are the green fees at Headfort (Championship Course)?
The price of a green fee on the Championship Course at Headfort changes throughout the year, depending on the season. It is also different depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend.  
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