I am surprised by your distaste for 12. Its a fine hole with great land shy of the green. I like the do or don't die aspect of coming up short. To me its a far more compelling hole than 11, though I do like that green.
There is a ton to like at The Island. It really is one of the best courses in Ireland...terribly under-rated imo.
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Much loved, the three-shot 15th is a fine long hole. The fairway bunkers have been worked on to look a bit more like Co Down rather than the rather tired saucer revetted bunkers we often see on links.
The hole is very reachable when downwind and there isn't much trouble for the wayward shot.
A wonderful par 3 follows. It may not look it, but I am sure this green was radically altered or is on a new site. The shot remains very difficult, but doable. Previously, the tee shot was playing to camel's back green. The look of the hole is somewhat spoiled by completely unnecessary forward bunkering.
We all have our spots where we really want to come across one of the better holes on the course. For me that spot is the 17th because I generally prefer 18 to be comfortable hole to cruise into the house. The Island's penultimate hole does the job admirably. Wedged between a large dune on the left and bunkering right, it is the contours which sing the loudest.
The final hole is not my kind of finisher, but it is good in a rather difficult sort of way as a ball-buster 460ish yard two-shotter which does hark back to a few previous holes. Well, that is The Island, a very demanding test of golf, but not without its mischievous and eccentric moments. While we all have our preferences, I don't think any of the holes are duds. With several holes such as 2, 3, 5, 7, 14, 16 & 17 rolling over awesome terrain there is no doubting The Island's greatness. The much maligned Hawtree work is far less intrusive than I was led to believe, in fact I rather like most of it! Go see The Island for yourself, it is probably the most under-rated of the great Irish links. 1* 2017
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