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About the Course

“I know my game is in great shape when I play well around Seapoint”

Des Smyth

Seapoint is a relatively young Links course but that does not impact the quality of the experience for those that come here to play. The fact that the course has already hosted a European Tour event in the Glen Dimplex Matchplay back in 1998, as well as the Irish PGA twice in 2010 and 2011 and also the top Amateur event the Irish Close in 2014 gives testament to the quality of the challenge presented to the golfer.

That might be no surprise to those who know the experience and love of Links golf that the original designers Des Smyth, Declan Brannigan and Barry Reddan poured into the design and layout of the course.

That original design has continuously been improved and tweaked every winter since by the Club under the stewardship of Declan Brannigan who has remained the Course Superintendent through these first 25 years. This fits with the club’s philosophy of taking a progressive view towards the maintenance and creation of a golfing experience that is second to none.

Measuring 7150 yards from the championship tee’s and with a standard scratch of 75 Seapoint can be made a challenging test for even the best of golfers. However, with three to five tee boxes on every hole (including a set dedicated to winter golf only) the course can be set up to ensure all standards of golfers can enjoy their round while being tested at least a little.

The golfing God’s and the weather will conspire to ensure no two rounds are ever the same around this course.

“Seapoint is a mesmerising and much under rated par-72 featuring half a dozen strong par fours of more than 400 yards and a quartet of tantalising par-threes leaving you to make up your score on the par fives, two of which are amongst the toughest holes on the course.”

Brian Keogh – Irish Independent

The continuity provided by Declan Brannigan as Greens Superintendent means there is a very definite philosophy to what the club are trying to achieve with the golf course. Wind is always a factor in Links golf but with two loops of nine and multiple changes in direction to your round even on a windy day you will get the relief of being downwind on some holes, challenged by being into the wind on others and left wondering how to keep the ball on target while battling a cross wind on others. We think this is the essence of what enjoyable links golf is about – even before you think about avoiding revetted bunkers and cursing the odd strange bounce. If you learn to take it all in your stride, then you will never tire of this challenge.

“The Challenge is that every hole test something or other – courage, intelligence, touch”

Declan Brannigan Greens Superintendent

David Mortimer, winner of the Ladbrokes PGA Irish Region championship at Seapoint Golf Club, Co Louth.

Recent additions to the course have seen the addition of enhanced swales and run off areas as well a programme of complete overhaul for all the bunkers on the course. The intention of all programmes is to maintain the natural links character of the course while presenting the course to the highest possible standard. An extensive programme of introducing additional fescue grasses to all areas of the course has seen the quality of playing surfaces continue to develop and improve – much to the delight of our visitors and members. While a programme of addressing the roughs running now for the past five years has begun to get that balance right between the penalising rough that you expect of a links course while at least giving you a sporting chance of finding your ball – where your next shot ends up from the rough I am afraid is up to you.

The course is playable all the year round and only the most adverse of conditions close it. Visitors and members alike are never asked to play off mats, carry divot bags or use temporary greens.

We are blessed on this island with many top class golf courses, nothing less than that standard will do for the members of Seapoint – and we know that Seapoint fits into that company very well and while we might be biased we think in this case youth out plays age for enjoyment.

Championships

Seapoint Golf Links Championships

Glen Dimplex Winner

Des Smyth

Glen Dimplex Winner - Des Smyth

Irish Senior Womens Winner

Alison Murdoch

Irish Senior Womens Winner - Alison Murdoch

PGA 2010 Winner

David Mortimer

PGA 2010 Winner - David Mortimer

PGA 2011 Winner

Simon Thornton

PGA 2011 Winner - Simon Thornton

Irish Close Winner

John Ross Galbraith

Irish Close Winner - John Ross Galbraith

3D Course Flyover

Videos

PGA 2010

Golf Ireland – Des Smyth

Glen Dimplex