Moyvalley Golf Club, Balyna Estate, Moyvalley Co. Kildare
Welcome message from Darren Clarke
Every so often I am asked to get involved with projects around the world. To me, Moyvalley’s 550 acres of rolling countryside presented a fantastic challenge. It was a labour of love but I think you’ll agree the results are spectacular. I look forward to seeing the course develop into one which golfers throughout the world will want to play and enjoy.
On this project I worked with the owners, the Jackson family and also with European Golf Design. Together, we created a course to be enjoyed by the weekend golfer as well as the tournament professional. With this in mind there is considerable variation between the championship tees and the front tees. I am especially delighted with the greens and you’ll find that they are among the best putting surfaces in the country. We created gentle slopes which will make you and other golfers think about where to place your approach shot, especially when the greens are fast or in windy conditions.
As a Champions Club member, it is our intention to roll out this club as one of the premium clubs in world golf. The Champions Club at Moyvalley is a course which will exceed your expectations of service and quality. It is a club that will provide great enjoyment over the years to come. I am extremely proud of what has been achieved at Moyvalley and look forward to meeting you, both on the course and in the club house for many years to come.
Hole by hole description of Moyvalley Champions Club.
1 st Hole
While not an overly long home with plenty of room on the right side, the ideal line for the green is close to the fairway bunker on the left. The shot into the green needs to be accurate both in terms of distance and length with anything landing short of the green catching the swale and feeding off to the right
The Par 3 green sits at an angle to the line of play, protected on the left side by bunkering. The slightly elevated green, itself, is gently pitched from right to left and back to front
Placing the tee shot is fundamental to this hole with the large hollow in the centre of the fairway and the bunker on the left creating a very tight driving hole. Anything landing short of the subtly contoured green that sits at an angle will run back off towards the player
This dogleg left features a generous fairway with the ideal line hugging the bunkering on the left hand side. The second shot needs to be played across bumps and hollows to a long and narrow elevated green that sits at an angle to the line of play
This is a medium length Par 3 with ample bailout on the left. The green is large and contoured with the surface falling off to the rear
The first of the par 5′s requires thought as to the placement of both the tee shot and then the second. Trying to reach the green in two shots brings the greenside water and the bunkering into play. With water running down the right side of the hole and then crossing the fairway, accuracy and distance control is vital
The angle of the green presents the challenge here. The safe tee shot is over the bunker splitting down the middle of the fairway, but creates difficulties with the approach. Playing down the left hand side from the tee can create a better angle to the green
Care needs to be taken to avoid the bunkering on both sides of the fairway. The lake protecting the left and centre of the green is only visible from the right side of the fairway. A strategic bunker on the right is position to grab an overly cautious second shot
With no greenside bunkering, this hole is deceptively difficult. Both sides of the narrow fairway are heavily bunkered and the smaller then normal green is shaped to move the ball away from the putting surface.
A magnificent oak tree stands sentry to block the right hand side of this green. Bunkers protect both sides of the fairway and the left side of the green.
Thread the drive between the fairway bunkering and a medium length second awaits to a green strongly bunkered on the front and right sides.
Another mature tree features prominently on this hole. The right side of the green can be difficult to get at following a poorly positioned tee shot.
The premium is on length rather then accuracy on this long Par 5. The tee shot must contend with pot bunkering on either side of the fairway with further heavy bunkering on the right guarding the second shot. The long narrow green sits across the line of play, with the rear third of the green on the left side falling slightly away from the fairway.
This is a downhill Par 3 with everything in full view. Bunkering on the left makes the pin difficult to attack on that side. There is plenty of room on the right for a safe tee shot
At all costs the bunkering and slopes on the right on this “driveable” uphill Par 4 must be avoided. If not, there is a nearby blind shot to a green with a great deal of movement in places
A lake guards the entire left hand side of this feature hole. The second shot needs to negotiate both a lake and a narrowing fairway as the approach to the green starts. The green is one of the largest on the course and can easily lead to three putts.
The penultimate hole is all about accuracy. Bunkering in the front of the green ensures that the tee shot must be long enough to reach the surface; water to the rear of this undulating green ensures that it cannot be too long.
Water is the main issue on this hole. It protects both sides of the fairway from the tee and then crosses the fairway short of the green. A decision is needed as to either play short, leaving a longer approach, or take on the carry in the hop of a short pitch to the long, narrow green.
After an exhilarating round of golf in the fresh air, you can retreat to the luxurious comfort of the Club House. Surrounded by the golf course, the Club House, one of only a few in the world with 360-degree views of the course, is luxury itself. Indulge in the plush facilities of the locker rooms and afterwards totally refreshed, enjoy a drink with friends in the relaxed atmosphere of the bar or on the patio whilst championship golf takes place all around you. Your every wish is catered to by the gracious staff.
Absolute privacy is yours here at the Champions Club at Moyvalley. Forget about the world as you gaze out on panoramic views that lift the spirit and stir the soul
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