Impressed by the 'movement' on large greens and the many pin positions available, which will punish careless approach play, I realised that Seapoint is not a good course by accident. No less a judge than Padraig Harrington said after shooting a fine 68 in a Links Society Outing last year, "There is not a weak hole on the entire golf course." Ivan Morris, Golf Digest
The challenge begins from the first tee embarking onto a testing 7,150 yard Par 72 course set on 260 acres of magnificent links land. There is an abundance of natural vegetation and wonderful dunes awaiting any errant shot. Every club in the bag is required to play this championship course. Progress through a front nine with a slightly heath land feel with an abundance of gorse and mature trees lining the boundary off the course. Water comes into play on 5 of the holes.
The back nine drift close to the sea and are characterised by uneven fairways, thick rough and deep bunkers, requiring accuracy both of the tee and into the greens. Continuing home to the clubhouse presents little time to relax with the last three holes weaving through dunes and distracting the golfer with panoramic views and a strong sea breeze - pure links enjoyment.
Seapoint opened in June 1993 and was designed by 'Des Smyth' Associates', a combination of the Irish Tour Golfer Des Smyth and Leading Irish Internationalist Declan Brannigan.
The experiences acquired by the pairing through their distinguished careers, combined with the undulating landscape have resulted in a truly spirited links course that will set a challenge for any standard of golfer. Playing this course means you are becoming part of an exclusive club; there are only approximately 150 links courses in the world. Seapoint is a proud and well respected member. Experience this impressive course on a stunning stretch of coastal land, with breathtaking views of the Mountains of Mourne alongside a sweeping Irish Sea. Seapoint is certainly one of the most beautiful links courses in the world.