Ballyliffin Golf Club - Old Links
Ballyliffin, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland
- par: 71 71
- length: 6.343 m 5.430 m
- par: 71 71
- length: 6.343 m 5.430 m
- architect:Eddie Hackett/Nick Faldo
Ballyliffin Golf Club lays claim to two impressive championship links golf courses, the first of which, as the name suggests, was the Old Links course. The club is the most northerly golf club in Ireland, situated around 30 miles from Londonderry, or just less than 100 miles from Belfast.
The course opened in 1947 as a 9 hole course, but was renovated in 1973 by a team consisting of Eddie Hackett, Frank Pennink and Charles Lawrey, with recent modifications being made by Nick Faldo to the delight of many players.
The Old Links course has a par of 71 and is made up of 18 holes which intertwine with the newer Glashedy course through its impressive dunes with breath-taking views of Pollan Bay.
Ballyliffin Golf club has hosted several Championship tournaments on the Old Links course, including The European Seniors and the Irish Senior Open, and it is widely anticipated that it will hold more major tournaments in the future.
Green fees are slightly lower for the Old Links course than its sister course Glashedy, and it possible to lower costs buy booking in groups, or with early bird or twilight tee times. Lower rates of play are also available outside of the high season.
The club offers different styles of golf classes, catering to your strengths and weaknesses, giving you the expertise necessary to overcome its two championship courses. The club can also adjust your equipment to better suit you through its equipment customising service.
The club has its own driving range, practice area and putting green, as well as offering golf buggies, trollies and clubs for hire to all players, provided they are requested in advance of arrival.
The clubhouse is home to the Links bar and restaurant, which delivers exquisite panoramic vistas of both golf courses alongside a choice of delicious food and drink. The club also offers locker facilities to players and has a pro shop onsite.
Ballyliffin usually provides excellent golfing weather, as it is mostly dry and cloudy with occasional light rain. There are also an abundance of hotels available in Ballyliffin itself or in the surrounding villages, which can accommodate your needs.
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Average rating obtained byThis rating for Ballyliffin Golf Club. is the average of 15 ratings obtained from www.top100golfcourses.co.ukVery good golf course. Played the Old in the morning and Glashedy in the afternoon. This is a brilliant 36 holes of golf. Considering the courses occupy the same land, they are very different in topography and conditioning. I would urge golfers to play both courses at this top resort.
Average rating obtained byThis rating for Ballyliffin Golf Club. is the average of 1 ratings obtained from www.todaysgolfer.co.ukThis is a must play course for golfers of all levels. You are welcomed with open arms from the moment you arrive. Also play the classic links of the Old Course and enjoy terrain like you have never seen before! I have played the best courses in a Scotland and Ireland and the Glashedy rates as my clear favourite. Enjoy!
Average rating obtained byThis rating for Ballyliffin Golf Club. is the average of 8 ratings obtained from www.ukgolfguide.comHaving just returned from a golf tour of the North West I felt compelled to highlight just how good Ballyliffin is. Despite the fact that we teed off in some of the worst weather I have played golf in, after 3 holes I was already thinking of when my next trip back to this part of the Emerald Isle would be! Being soaked through to the bone and fighting against a stiff, stiff breeze can often be pretty demoralising when on a golf break but the fact that I loved every minute of it is testament to how good the Glasheedy Links is at Ballyliffin. Every time you step onto the tee you are presented with a spectacular hole that will challenge all from the high handicappers to the best players in the world. Fast running, undulating fairways are bordered by towering dunes and thick but fair rough and greens are immaculate; quick, true and with plenty of subtle breaks to keep you on your toes from start to finish. My favourite thing about links golf is the endless options you have when faced with shots on the course. Ballyliffin's excellent layout and design allows you to get really creative from the tee, the fairway and around the greens and trust me, when the wind blows you will need to be creative! My playing partner for instance played an approach from about 120 yards like a green side chip with a 3 iron while I flicked a wedge in from the same spot only for both balls to finish nicely within 10 feet of the hole...you don't get that variety on inland courses now do you!?Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to play the Old Course but I will be doing so on my next golf break! Top, top class and full marks to Ballyliffin...I will be back and I can't wait!