Golf in North West Ireland
When golfers think of planning a golf holiday to Ireland, classic golf courses such as Lahinch Old, Ballybunion Old, Tralee and Royal County Down immediately come to mind. However nestled in the northwestern part of Ireland are several championship links golf courses that until recent years have been overlooked by the visiting golfer. Several of these courses are often described by journalists as “The Magnificent Seven” – Ballyliffin Golf Club, Enniscrone Golf Club, County Sligo Golf Club, Donegal Golf Club, Connemara Golf Links and Rosapenna Golf Links.
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Arrive into Shannon Airport and collect rental car. Afternoon round at Connemara Golf Club. A classic links course with flat, windswept terrain and a challenging length. Pot bunkers, deep and menacing, are frequent throughout the course. The course is wide open, with a rough that does not penalize you. Bring your chipping and putting game. Overnight Clifden.
Breakfast in hotel, check out and travel to Sligo sightseeing enroute. Round of golf at Enniscrone Golf Club which is a Dunes Championship Links. This is a classic links course set among natural dunes offering a full spectrum of links golf: thick rough, plenty of sand dunes, fast greens, and close proximity to the ocean. The course is beautifully maintained, all the way from the fairways and greens to the immaculate and inviting clubhouse. A must-see — must-play venue. Overnight Sligo.
Breakfast in hotel followed by a round at County Sligo Golf Club. The strategically placed bunkering on all holes, particularly the first three, is enough to make playing this course worthwhile. Extraordinary panoramic views and scenic vistas including the twelve “Bens” (mountains), Drumcliff Bay, and a majestic lighthouse. This links is a treat to play and a test for any golfer. Rest of day at leisure and overnight Sligo.
Breakfast in hotel, check out and make your way to Londonderry. Stop off to play a round at Donegal Golf Club. Built on the end of a peninsula, Donegal (often called Murvagh) is a wide-open, expansive links land of mostly low dunes with occasional views of the Atlantic Ocean. The bunkers bear architect Eddie Hacket’s signature, as do some of the fairway division moguls. The greens are first-rate, and the play of this links is hard and fast. Overnight Londonderry.
Early breakfast in the hotel then head to Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort for a round on the Old Course. Designed by Old Tom Morris in 1891, the links part of the course is set between high dunes lands and Sheephaven Bay. The fairways are wide, the gently rolling greens are spacious, and bunkering is intelligently placed. Some of the tees are carved out of sand dunes offering great views of the links land. The last 8 holes leave the valley and head up and around a hill to Mulroy Bay.
Following lunch play a round on Portsalon Golf Club Portsalon Golf Club is set on one of the most northern reaching parts of Donegal on the shores of Ballymastocker Bay. While not an internationally renowned golf course, this tract is a seriously good links with roots in the 19th century, located amidst some of the most beautiful terrain imaginable and offering stunning views. The 3rd hole, unchanged since 1891, is a downhill par four played across and along the beach to a green guarded by two ancient rock formations. It is an exhilarating start and so it continues with fairways and greens threading through sand dunes untouched by the course of time. Redesign work has been completed by Pat Ruddy, and Portsalon now offers a par 72 challenge measuring over 7,000 yards. Overnight Londonderry.
Breakfast in hotel then head for a round of golf at Ballyliffin Golf Club on the Old Course. The Old Course lies in a low mogul-ridden basin within the extensive dunes land that makes up the Ballyliffin complex. At 6,612 yards, the course is not particularly long, unless the wind blows — and the wind always blows. The course is quirky, unique and fun. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight Londonderry.
Breakfast in hotel then make your way to Dublin sightseeing enroute. Overnight Dublin.
Breakfast in hotel, drop off rental car at Dublin Airport and fly home.
Included in this package:
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily
- 6 rounds of golf
- Car Hire: 4 golfers based on an Automatic MPV.
- VAT at 20%