Red Nine

2nd Hole on Red

2nd Hole on Red Course

Red Nine Scorecard

HoleNameWhite - Medal
Yellow - Visitor
Red - Ladies
1Crann na Smeara36233744306412
2Watery Grave17916531013936
3Hidden Well315309416276410
4Hares Haven3783534631744
5Hollywood Castle32231141227348
6Gnarled Alder3473374830342
7An Carraig Ruadh261252418229416
8Sally Gap477470514304414
9Gan Gainimh40538942373518

Red Nine Guide (The Ballymastone Nine)

The name Ballymastone is derived from three words: "Baile" = town, "maigh" = plain or flat piece of land, and "sruthan" = stream.

1"Crann na Smeara"; The tree of the berries. This tree is present in the hedge to the left of the fairway.

Straight par 4 to start. Accurate drive required as the fairway is lined with mature trees either side. Bunker on left hand side of green. Green slopes from back to front.
2"Watery Grave", so named because of the water feature short of the green.

Only par three on this nine. Tee shot over water to a green that slopes from back to front. Grass mounds around green can leave tricky second shots for players who do not hit the green in regulation.
3"Hidden Well", names after an old well in the vicinity, which can still be seen.

Short par four with mature trees either side of fairway. Large three tier green guarded by two bunkers on the right and one on the left. Players can find themselves with difficult putts if approach is not close to pin.
4"Hare's Haven", suitably named due to the large number of hares, which gather in this area.

Slight dogleg left par four. Good tee shot required to set up approach to a green that slopes from back to front that is guarded by front bunkers left and right. Series of grass mounds around the back of green.
5"Hollywood Castle": In the 17th Century these lands were owned by the Hollywood family whose main seat was in Artane. The civil survey map of the 17th Century shows their castle standing near the 5th green on red.

Straight par 4. Trees either side of fairway with out of bounds along right hand side of hole. Wide but narrow green sloping left to right is guarded by a deep bunker on left.
6"Gnarled Alder", named after the old alder tree on the bank of the ditch which crosses the fairway.

Straight par four, with one of the wider fairways on the course. Trees either side of fairway. Ditch in play off tee for longer hitters. Large tree on fairway can block out approach shots coming in from the left hand side. Two tiered green with bunker on right hand side.
7"An Carraig Ruadh", derives its name from the red rock conglomerate, which is still plentiful in the area and some of which forms part of the feature near the 7th green on red.

Short drivable par four. Water on right and out of bounds on left, best play here is to take a mid iron and leave a short approach to a two tiered green sloping right to left. Like fifth hole green is long but narrow. Bunker over back of green.
8"Sally Gap", named after the large sally tree on the left of the 8th tee-box on red.

Dog leg left par five. Longer hitters can cut the corner and leave a short or mid iron to green. Most take aim at large tree on fairway and try to land left of that. Large two tiered green with bunker guarding right hand side. Don’t over-shoot your approach here as there is a ditch right behind green.
9"Gan Gainimh" is the Irish for "Without Sand", which is a very suitable name for the 9th red as there are no bunkers on this hole.

Dog leg right par four. Ideal tee shot is a fade off the tee. Good drive required if you wish to carry the trees on the right for a more direct line. Slightly uphill shot to a two tiered green.