The royal site of Rathcore - Dún Cúair, which was ruled by the Cenél Coirpri branch of the Uí Néill dynasty, was the chief settlement in the surrounding region during the early medieval period. It's position close to the border with Leinster - Laigin, meant it played an important role in the politics of 9th century Ireland. In 804 AD the high king Áed Oirdnide (Áed the ordained) attended a meeting here with the synods of the Uí Néill'. It is suggested that it was here that Áed became the first king of Tara to be inaugurated ecclesiastically. Dún Cúair was also a regular rendezvous for Uí Néill armies attacking Leinster. It is also said that the road from the west of Ireland to the Hill of Tara went thru the course during this time.
It is this sense of history which becomes very evident when one is navigating the fairways adjoining two ring forts and motte. These features play a large part in providing for a memorable golfing experience.
The course may be described as parkland but this would not be sufficient. The defining features of this 18 hole golf course are the 2 ring forts, the motte and the numerous natural springs that enable 12 of the holes to have water features.
Add to this the rolling hills, numerous mature trees, yellow furze and strong historical background and you indeed have a golf course that can match any other for class.
Under the direction of Mel Flanagan (Irish Golf Design) this course has been moulded by Mick and Austin Lyons with emphasis on retaining the inherent charm of the surrounding area. All greens have been shaped by Ollie Sutton who has worked on some of the finest courses in Ireland.
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