With neighbors that include Ballybunion and Waterville, it can’t be easy for a new golf course to make an impact in Southwest Ireland, but Hogs Head, which had a soft opening in 2017, has the potential to do just that. Robert Trent Jones II forged an entirely new track atop the defunct Skellig Bay layout, which lasted just 11 years. Hogs Head sports a front nine with holes that tangle with the Finglas River, a superb stretch of 8 through 16 that overlooks the Atlantic and architectural nods to MacKenzie, Tillinghast and Colt.

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