The 6,550 yard Dufferin course is recognized as one of Ireland’s great inland golfing experiences by even the most prosaic visiting golfer.
The Dufferin course quickly exposes a golfer’s skill or his limitations. Masses of gorse, bracken and strategically placed trees flank every hole, demanding extreme accuracy and punishing the slightest error. The undulating countryside contributes much to an awareness of space and the fairways are moisture absorbing offering positive playable lies.
William R. Robinson’s original second nine, south of the clubhouse, was retained and additional holes added with as little disturbance as possible to the natural landscape. It demands extreme accuracy off the tee and is a true examination of a player’s game. Narrow fairways, established trees, gorse, heather, rock close to the surface and all the other hazards of an unspoilt natural landscape make it a tough and varied course, presenting a challenge of subtlety rather than length.
The Ava Course is a perfect partner to its sister course exemplified by "Tower Gap”, the 524 yard par 5 second hole. Rated one of the best holes in Ireland, this tree lined masterpiece ensures accuracy is paramount for both the drive and second shots. A wonderfully mature course, it is a great blend of pleasure, skill and challenge set in stunning woodland surroundings.