9th Hole on Blue Course
Blue Nine Scorecard
|Hole||Name||White - Medal|
|Yellow - Visitor|
|Red - Ladies|
|3||Baile an Carraig||150||136||3||15||118||3||15|
Blue Nine Guide (The Balcarrick Nine)
Balcarrick means the town of the rock.
|1||"Screebog", which means striped or furrowed or rough land. This feature can be seen in front of the first tee. It is the name of an area not too distant.
Straight par four to start with. A ridge runs across centre of green which makes it imperative to be on hole side of green with your approach shot. Two bunkers at the front protect a green that slopes from back to front. There is also a ditch running behind the green.
|2||"Lady's Walk", this walk, situated nearby, was used by the ladies of Portrane House (Mount Evans) and subsequently by the nurses of Portrane Mental Hospital. It extends from the nurses home to a small beach near the second green.
Short dog leg left par five. Favours a well hit draw (for right-handed golfers) off the tee. Bunker to left hand side of green for approach shots. Green is undulated.
|3||"Baile an Carraig", which means the town of the rock. The name derives from a large rock feature situated on the lands of Danny Egan, some of which were bought in recent years by Donabate Golf Club. Although part of this rock feature is still visible, most of it was blasted away by Dublin County Council and used for road widening. The rock gave its name to the townland of Balcarrick.
Straight forward par three, relatively flat green is guarded by front right and left bunkers and a bunker at the back left.
|4||"Big Sycamore", named after a sycamore tree on the ditch which runs across the 4th fairway.
Decent par four, water on the right will catch any errant tee shots, trees on left of fairway. Water hazard runs across fairway that might catch the long hitters tee shot. Accurate tee shot required to set up approach to a tricky green.
|5||"Danny Egan's": this land was part of Danny Egan's farm, which was subsequently bought by Donabate Golf Club from John Byrne.
Straight-forward par four. A good drive will set up a short iron approach to a green protects both sides by bunkers. Don’t overshoot your approach to this two tiered green as you may have be chipping from a down hill lie.
|6||"Hampden Evans", was the owner of Portrane House and demesne, which included lands which subsequently came into the ownership of Danny Egan. He was a colonel in the Rotunda branch of the United Irishmen and was under sentence of death following the 1798 rebellion. He was subsequently jailed at Fort George in Scotland and from there exiled to the continent of Europe.
Short par four, longer hitters are better leaving the driver in the bag here as a water hazard runs across fairway that can come in play. Relatively flat green protected on right by bunker.
|7||"Blind Lane", this lane extended from near the old school house on the Portrane Road to the townlands of Ballylease North, Ballymastone and Balcarrick. Part of this lane survives alongside the 1st and 7th holes on the blue nine.
Longest par three on any of the nines. Raised undulated green protected on right by bunker. Large trees comes into play on tee shot. Par is a good score here.
|8||"Big Lawn": Portrane House (A large Georgian building) overlooked the large field called the big lawn to the north of the 8th hole on blue. It was never ploughed during the Evan's era and was used for recreational purposes.
Short par four. Out of bounds on the right catches any sliced shots. Bunker on left hand side of green, out of bounds behind it.
|9||"Asylum": A play on words to some extent. The local Portrane Mental Hospital close to the closing hole and also meaning a "haven", a place of safety. Many golfers over the years, after a tough unrewarding day on the course, were only too glad to seek asylum in the club-house after their endeavours.
Straight par five. Straight drive required if you want to hit green in two. Water in front of green needs to be taken into account on approach shots.