Hole By Hole
The drive, towards Delgany Village, is to a left to right sloping fairway. From here an accurate shot is required to take you between the trees guarding the green. A great opening hole.
A short par 4 but the mature tree on the left means an accurate drive is a must. Then the raised green itself is hard to hold and offers no easy putts.
A long par 4 that doglegs slightly to the right. The green is well protected by a single bunker at the front right. Accuracy and length are required on this tough hole.
A walk up to the tee means that the drive from a height shortens the hole. Trees left and right place a premium on accuracy on this dogleg to the left. A good drive leaves a straightforward shot to the green.
The first of Delgany’s great par 3’s Longer than it reads on the card as it plays up a steady hill. The green is well protected by the mature tree on the right and the attempts to avoid it see many balls caught by the bunker on the left.
Very similar to the 4th hole but with less trees on the right to catch the wayward drive. Another tree protects the right of the green.
Again single mature trees play an important role. The nearer tree on the left can be carried but the farther tree on the right should be avoided. An accurate drive is required to play between them. Add an extra couple of clubs to what the distance markers tell you as the hill makes this hole play long. A very tricky green awaits at the end of the climb.
A short par 3 played along the edge of the woods on the right. A bunker and steep slope on the left are to be avoided.
A downhill par 4 with a panoramic view towards Wicklow. A slight dogleg to the left. The bunker on the dogleg is a good line and then presents a clear shot to the green.
One of the two par 5’s on the course. This is a straight-forward hole with two bunkers to protect the green.
Another hard par 3. The mature trees on the right will punish the wayward tee shot but the real challenge this hole offers is in its sharply sloping green from back to font. Putt with caution!
Delgany’s best known hole. A very long, tough par 4. Play it as the members do by only aiming to put your second shot to the base of the hill on which the green sits and then wedging up. 5 is a good score. Only the very best try to reach it in regulation.
All downhill from here on with great views. A short par 4 but the raised green is hard to hold.
A long par 3. This hole needs more club than you would expect but the green, once reached, is quite flat.
The drive is dominated by the large tree on the right and, as the fairway slopes from right to left, the drive must skirt the tree. The green has two levels and is clearly visible for the approach shot.
This last par 3 is beautiful. There are no hidden difficulties- just hit a good tee shot. Look for the plaque that commemorates the Bradshaws.
The green can be seen from the tee but not from the fairway on this long par 4. Aim for the “lonesome pine” to get to the green. Bunkers left and right will catch wayward shots.
A great finishing hole. A double dogleg par 5 with out of bounds along the right for the last 200m. The second shot must be kept left to avoid the out of bounds and open up an approach shot to the green. But, as we have seen frequently in Delgany, a mature tree intrudes. Accuracy is needed all the way to the green.