LADHAR NA BÓ BRADAÍ (The High Ground of the Thieving Cow, Between Two Valleys)
Ladhar (pronounced ‘Lyre’) means high ground between converging valleys or rivers. These features lie before and behind the tees. The ‘bó bradach’ or thieving cow was/is that infamous animal which, with incorrigible disrespect for legitimate grazing boundaries always sought to satisfy its hunger pangs by heading out of bounds. The golfer too, back again near ‘The Knoll of the Milking Place’, with a whetted appetite and a beckoning clubhouse near at hand may empathise with the wretched animal, and heading ‘out of bounds’ for similar purposes is probably a prominent thought at this stage.
MULLACH NA MALLACHT (The Ridge of Curses)
In the far distance the second tee and flag denote the general direction. If an obedient ball with brakes is not available for use here, choose one which is thick-skinned, dull or very deaf.
NA PÉINNÍ SIOSARNACHA (The Whispering Pines)
‘For pines are gossip pines the wide world through, and full of runic tales to sigh and sing’. So wrote the poet James Elroy Flecker in Brumana. This little stand of trees is no exception. Listen to the perpetual whispering to each other about what they hear and see on this tee and fairway. Favourite conversation topics are golfers’ sartorial elegance and playing standards.
AN TULÁN CLEASACH (The Mischievous Mound)
The ‘sunken’ mound which lies ahead rudely intercepts a champions full drive and dominates the fairway. From the medal tee the target line is the left one of the two great rocks on the skyline of Cnoc na mBó Bréige – ‘The Hill of the Fake Cows’, so called because the hillside rocks resemble cattle in certain lighting conditions.
AN LÉANA DRAÍOCHTA (The Enchanted Fairway)
The name is due to several button-type ‘fairy’ hills resembling those which gave the 9th its name. ‘The Forbidden Lake’ and unlucky 13 are now safely behind, so the player is free to top the drive and gambol for a while amidst the charm and magic of the little elevations.
LOCH TOIRMEASCTHA (The Forbidden Lake)
According to the 1838 Ordnance Survey the little lake by the green was called ‘Lough Termiska’, Meaning ‘The Forbidden Lake – in distant times. The reason is lost in the mists of time but the superstitious player will be instinctively aware of the impending calamity.
EANACH NA bhFAOILEÁN (The Marshland of the Seagulls)
Behind the tees players will see the type of terrain from which this section of the course was built. On the lake, the seagulls create an awesome din during the nesting period and until their young are well grown.
IONNSAÍ NA hINSE (The Attack on Lough Inch)
The main feature of the fairway is the ‘carry’ over Lough Inch with the second shot by the player ambitious to par the hole. He or she should preferably be in an aggressive mood before rather than after striking the shot.
(The Plain of the Wild Hares)
This flat fairway is a favourite place for hares to graze and romp in the very early morning.