Ballyneal: A Golf Addict's Guide (15th Hole)


15th Hole - Par 3, 237 Yards
The 15th is affectionately known as the "Dell Hole", even though it bears no resemblance whatsoever to the famous blind par 3 at Lahinch. My buddy Ben made the mistake of comparing the 15th to the Dell, and both he and the hole are stuck with the moniker for eternity.

The 15th is the longest par 3 on the course, but it doesn't play nearly as long as the scorecard suggests. I've seen 6- and 7-irons reach this green from the back tee box. The key is the ridge that masks the front third of this very large green. The ridge is closer than it appears, actually about 40 yards short of the green. Anything that lands on the other side of the ridge will collect towards the green, generally funneling towards the back-left of the green. You can miss left or right and likely still end up on the green.

The punchbowl green provides a cushion to the golfer by funneling wayward shots towards the green, but the downside is the green is one of the biggest and wildest on the course. Three-putts are a common occurrence on the 15th.


  1. Anonymous said...:

    You sir are incorrect on the naming of this hole. It has since been tagged with the proper name of "YO-Dell". Search your feelings.

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