An old and mature parkland in the heart of the Midlands, Athlone rests on the edge of Lough Ree. The lake squeezes the course on two sides but only comes into play late on a couple of holes. It matters little for Athlone is a sweet parkland that promising a tree-lined landscape that has some intriguing shapes: the 1st is a wonderful welcome, its high tee and high green overlooking the fairway below; and the par four 13th doglegs over a buckled terrain of eskers that has to be seen to be believed. These are only two holes but they illustrate the adventure and challenges of Athlone.
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