The origins of golf in Laytown and Bettystown Golf Club date back to the last quarter of the 19th century when historians agree that golf was first played on the south bank of the River Boyne. This course, located 25 miles north of Dublin, is a traditional links golf course and a good test for any golfer excellent conditions. Be warned as this is a links course that can be susceptible to a howling wind off the sea. It is not for the faint hearted. Taking its place alongside Portmarnock, The Island and County Louth Golf Clubs, it presents a unique challenge with narrow fairways, windswept burrows and fast greens all framed with superb views of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains and the Irish Sea.
It is barely mentioned as being one of the big links players on the list, but it is. Large dunes engulf the first few holes making things a little tricky at times. Players need to be wary that fairways are sometimes unseen and your ball could kick anywhere. Driving from the tees need to be on target, and approaches to greens even more so. Caution will need to be taken at the 4th and 6th.
The Par 3 9th is superb. Exact judgement only will keep you safely on the green where you need to approach from the left side, as the green is surrounded with dunes. Otherwise it’s into the hidden bunker below the green.
The 10th is also very difficult. With no visual of what lies ahead, it is hard to know where to aim. The dog-leg breaks left and down a step ledge to where the green sits below.