Golf in Ireland: Try Mt. Temple in the heart of Ireland
Played a little course in the heart of Ireland yesterday I absolutely loved. It isn’t one of the famous Irish links courses. It’s just a friendly, little place in Mt. Temple, well away from the coasts. It’s the American equivalent of that little muni you and your friends all love to play and get a cold one afterward.
It’s called the Mount Temple Golf Club, in a tiny little village near Moate (pronounced Moot). It’s owned by a fella named Michael Dolan, who farmed the land, as did his father and grandfather before him.
Dolan designed the couse himself, and did a good job. It isn’t pampered like some of the other fancy Irish courses, but it is very challenging, especially from the back tees where Dolan and I played it. They rarely get Americans here – they prefer to head for the coasts and play the famous links coures – but you should try it if you ever get the chance. It’s on a high plateau and you can see all the way to Limerick on a clear day. The Dolan clan will pick you up at either the Dublin or Shannon airports, if you have a group fo four or more. The clubhouse still has some of the old castle walls, built eons ago when an Irish chief reigned supreme here.
Look for the full review coming soon…
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Its pronounced "MOTE", not "Moot".
And there are many other golfing jewels missed by visiting Americans in their quest for the big links courses. Nenagh, Newlands, Mt Wolseley, Tulfarris - a dream of a course - and Headfort come to mind immediately.
Anyway, it's a great course, and I have a series of articles coming out shortly on five or six hidden gems in both Ireland and Scotland, just the tip of the iceberg.
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