Esker Hills


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If golf courses were rollercoasters then Esker Hills would be the biggest adventure of all. The eskers make this course almost hypnotic with their heaving rhythm through the lilting Co. Offaly countryside. The design was by Christy O’Connor Jr (1997), who must have been in his element shaping holes between all the twists and turns that this landscape has created.
Shane Lowry’s name will forever be associated with Esker Hills, but this is a course bristling with adventure: right from the off you are thrown into the mounds, doglegging through the valleys, and up and over those swinging elevation changes. Trees constantly guide the way around a wonderfully routed course.
Such a rolling terrain might suggest a buggy is necessary – many golfers will tell you as much – but hit the ball straight and Esker Hills is much more enjoyable on foot.
The course throws in four lakes to add a splash of even more colour.
Favourite Hole: A drive that drops down to a fairway is always a thrill and the short par four 8th throws in a lone tree and wicked dogleg, too.
What’s in the Bag? Picking good lines and finding fairways will keep you on an even keel.
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