The Mass Hole 

To say golf is a religious experience in Ireland wouldn’t just be hyperbole. Only in Ireland can you experience the unique hazard of the “Mass hole.” When the celebration of Mass was outlawed during penal times, secret Masses were often held in hidden dales, culverts, and gorges, out of sight of the British. A few golf links have incorporated such places into their courses. For example, hole 5 at the Lahinch Golf Course has a uniquely hidden spot that could easily have served this purpose. Another example is at Waterville Golf Course in County Kerry, where the 12th hole is still universally known as the Mass Hole.


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