Youghal - Blackwater Course

Blackwater Course

Local Rules

Out of Bounds      (Rule 27)

(a) Beyond the Boundaries of the Course

(b) On or over the lines defining the out of bounds

(c) When out of bounds is defined by reference to white stakes, the out of bounds line is determined by the inside points at ground level of the stakes.

(d) Underneath or beyond the steel fence on on the right of 12th Hole.

Immovable Obstructions      (Rule 24)

(a) Shelters, Seats, Bins and Permanent Tee Markers, Notices & Gravelled Pathways.

(b) Wire screen & supports on the 2nd, 3rd (Old Course) and 16th Holes

(c) Watering Installations, Winter Mats and Timber Frames.

(d) 200, 150 & 100 Metre Markers/Discs, Blue/Yellow/Red Stakes at side of fairways and Yellow stakes defining Water Hazards.

(e) Stakes & ropes defining pathways.

(f) E.S.B. poles and support wires

(g) Steel viewing stands

Electrical Standards and Electric Wires

If a ball strikes any electrical cable directly over the course or any electrical pole or standard on the course, the stroke MUST be cancelled and replayed without penalty. A player may NOT obtain relief if his direction of play is interfered with by electrical, poles & wires.


A ball lying on and tee (top or side) must be played as it lies.

Ground Under Repair

(a) Any area circled with a white line or marked G.U.R.

(b) All Gravel / Sand topped drains

Stones in Bunkers

Stones in Bunkers are moveable obstructions (Rule 24 – 1 applies)

Water Hazards

Water Hazards defined by Yellow Stakes or Lines. A ball lying on any bridge within the margins or a Water Hazard is in the hazard.

Wrong Putting Green

The alternative putting greens on holes 6,18 and 9 (Old Course) are wrong putting greens.

Right of Way

(a) Players on the 17th green have priority other those on the 2nd tee.

(b) Players on the 2nd tee have priority over those on those on the 18th tee both Ladies & Men

(c) Players on the 4th tee have priority over those on the 10th green and 11th tee

(d) Those playing in Competition have priority over all others.

Penalty for breach of Local Rules

Matchplay – Loss of Hole        Strokeplay – 2 strokes

Additional Local Rules are posted in the clubhouse.

Hole 1 Arrow

Hole 1

A short par four to begin, don’t be fooled by the card distance, any pull or slice for your first shot will leave you needing an accurate approach to a green with out of bounds long, bunker to the right and a large drop to the left.

2nd Hole

Hole 2

A testing par five that only the long hitters will attempt to reach in two. Out of bounds down the left off the tee will often entice you to aim out right. Everything feeds in from the right hand side to the green. Over-hitting your approach to the green will leave you with a tough up and down.

Old 3rd Hole

Hole 3

A short par 3, despite the short length of this hole, any wayward pitch to the green below you will probably mean you find heavy rough or a bunker. Out of bounds long of the green will make many think twice about being aggressive here.

3rd Hole

Hole 4

A long uphill par 4. A straight tee shot is required to leave a long iron to the green. Protected by bunkers on both sides local knowledge may advise you to play a club short rather than trying to stop a ball on this green.

4 Hole

Hole 5

This hole has out of bounds all down the left with trees lining the right. A long par 4 that allows the brave to attack the flag with stopping the ball dead on the green below you very manageable.

Hole 5 Arrow

Hole 6

A tricky dog leg par 4 left over the bridge. The bigger hitters may want to leave the driver in the bag for the tee shot, finesse is required here, not brute force. The lone tree is a good line to take on, anything pulled left will leave bogey a probability. The elevated green protected by two large bunkers provides a fantastic challenge for all golfers.

Old 6th Hole

Hole 7

Out of bounds up the left hand side means an accurate tee shot will leave a short iron to this inviting green. A real scoring hole with birdie on most golfer’s minds.

9th Hole

Hole 8

This tough par 4 needs a long straight tee shot. Your second veering left over the water requires both bravery and accuracy. Anything left short will leave you with a tricky shot up the hill. Be happy with a par!

Old 9th Hole

Hole 9

A short par 4 requires nothing more than a wood off the tee. The green is well protected to the front by bunkers and out of bounds at the back. A nice hole finish the back nine with scoring opportunity. Par is a must for most handicappers.

10th Hole

Hole 10

The first of the back nine is a challenging uphill par 4. Trees line your right and taking on the slight corner will bring a bunker in to play. Your second generally plays longer than it looks with bunkers short of the green more than willing to swallow up anything that doesn’t have enough club

11th Hole

Hole 11

The first of 3 in our own ‘amen corner’ where anyone playing off 13 or less won’t have a shot. This par 4 dog leg right will tempt the bigger hitters to take on the corner while the safer options will leave a short iron downhill to the green. More than a fair will run through this green, leaving with one point… or less..

12th Hole

Hole 12

Taking on the corner is a huge gamble. Anything slightly right of target is out of bounds. A mid or high iron is needed by most to this generous green. Don’t go long as you will find all kinds of trouble in the bushes.

Hole 13

Hole 13

A deceptively tough par 3 protected on both sides by bunkers and trees. A straight mid iron should see you leaving with a par, anything wayward and you’ll need to do some serious scrambling.

14th Hole

Hole 14

One of the toughest tee shots on the course awaits on the par 4 14th. Right is lined with out of bounds all the way to the green while trees take out the safe option of going left off the tee. Straight and true will leave you with a mid to long iron in to green with bunkers left and right. Par is a great result.

15th Hole

Hole 15

A slight dog leg left to this par 4 where a decent tee shot over the bank will leave you hoping of a birdie. Be careful not to hit the nasty bunker front right. Try to pick up 3 points here before facing in to 16 and 17.

16th Hole

Hole 16

A challenging par 3 with out of bounds very close down the left. A long tee shot down the hill can’t run through the green as it will leave a really tough shot back up. Aiming slightly right of the green is the shot of choice with everything feeding back in left.

17th Hole

Hole 17

A long uphill par 4. Trees line left and right and maybe consider taking an extra club on your uphill approach to this green. The green is protected both sides by bunkers with trees lining the back. Par is a good result before turning around to face the last.

18th Hole

Hole 18

This fairway opens up for a good drive with no real danger. A strong second is needed into a green where anything over hit will have you in all kinds of trouble. As you drain that final putt turn your attention to sinking something much more refreshing in our clubhouse bar overlooking Youghal bay. The team in the bar will be sure to have just the thing to help you celebrate your achievements or relieve the frustrations.