The Scratch Cup

For the past 50 years, the Scratch Cup Trophy has established itself as the most prestigious senior Scratch Cup in the country. The 72 hole event, usually held over the August bank holiday, attracts the elite of Ireland’s amateur golfers.

The roll of honour of winners, photographed in the clubhouse, reads as a veritable who’s who of the greats of Irish amateur golf, plus some wonderful overseas players. The first three winners were J.B. Carr, Tom Craddock and Peter Townsend (the first man to successfully defend the Scratch Trophy). Many of our winners have gone on to achieve worldwide success in the professional ranks, among them Des Smyth, Philip Walton, Peter Lawrie, Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy (beaten in a playoff in 2005 and returning to win in 2006).

Hole 1Hole 2Hole 3Hole 4Hole 5Hole 6Hole 7Hole 8Hole 9Hole 10Hole 11Hole 12Hole 13Hole 14Hole 15Hole 16Hole 17Hole 18

1st Hole

Nice gentle starter… play for position down the left half to avoid the bunker and trees on right.

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2nd Hole

Signature Hole, Don’t be left, right or long here. Be brave.

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3rd Hole

The white stone or slightly right is your line off the tee for good view for second shot.

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4th Hole

Big semi-dog leg par five… drive to left half of fairway with your tee shot. Don’t be short with your third.

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5th Hole

Under rated par three into the prevailing wind… be up!

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6th Hole

Shortest par 4 on the course… for easiest approach, big tee shot up right half of fairway.

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7th Hole

Straight forward par 4… two big hits needed for the average golfer.

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8th Hole

Beautifully set hole… what you see is what you get… don’t be short with your approach.

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9th Hole

Be careful of the fairway bunkers with the prevailing wind.

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10th Hole

Big par 4… take on the oak tree if you think you are good enough to get home in two.

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11th Hole

Another beauty… be aware of fairway bunker.

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12th Hole

Shortest of the par 3s… slightly up hill… be up!

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13th Hole

Be right off the tee if you dare for best approach to this green.

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14th Hole

Shortish par 5… third shot can be deceptive… don’t flop it into front greenside bunker.

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15th Hole

The last of the beautiful par 3s… again don’t be short.

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16th Hole

Risk/reward par 5… two five woods and wedge or risk water and bunkers with ambitious drive.

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17th Hole

Big semi dog leg par 4… no short cuts here… play it as you see it.

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18th Hole

Another shortish par 5… water hazard in front of green. If you are going well lay up.

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