The Scurmore nine came about when Donald Steel was asked to redesign the main course in 1999 and as he went into the dunes there were 6 holes left over from the original Eddie Hackett layout on flatter land. Steel added three more and we now have the nine-holer that exists today.
I didn’t get chance to play this links course when I was last here so jumped at the opportunity on my most recent visit to Sligo.
There is not actually much to see here. The turf is good but the land is very flat and there isn’t enough interest around the greens to really warrant a play here. Ditches come into play on a few holes but this doesn’t add much.
The exception to the above is the excellent par-three 7th which dips into the dunes and is a lovely hole. On the first nine we play it as a 149-yarder called “Red Shank” and on the second loop as a 196-yard hole called “Fescue”. Why the holes have different names the second time round OI have no idea. More of this type of hole would have made the Scurmore worth playing but sadly as soon as we are into the good stuff we are straight out again. Sadly for 8 holes it is fairly mundane.
Similar to the Bomore at Rosses Point the Scurmore (par 71, 6,056 yards – if you must go round twice) could be described as a good introduction to links golf, certainly in the respect of getting used to hitting from tight turf.
Unless you are box-ticking (like I was) in trying to play all the links courses in Great Britain and Ireland I would probably give it a miss. That said, the course was busy so maybe I’m missing something and it is clearly doing its job.
Read the review of Enniscrone (Dunes) here.