County Sligo Golf Club - Championship Course

Rosses Point, Co. Sligo, Ireland

  • holes:18
  • par: 71 75
  • length: 5.351 m 4.825 m
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Description

  • holes:18
  • slope: 70 74
  • year:1927
  • par: 71 75
  • length: 5.351 m 4.825 m
  • architect:Harry Colt

Sometimes referred to as Rosses Point due to the peninsula in which it lies, the Championship golf course at County Sligo Golf Club can be found in its namesake’s county in the North West of Ireland. Its cliff top location is separated from the nearby Atlantic Ocean by three expanses of beach and offers some amazing vistas to all those who play there. A further feast for the eyes of players is the Benbulben mountain that overlooks the course.

First opened to players in 1894, the course started life with 9 holes and was designed by George Combe. The course was expanded to 18 holes by Willie Campbell less than a decade later but it wasn’t until 1927 when the infamous designer Harry Colt worked his magic and turned it into the deserving Championship course that is known today. The accumulation of revered hands in terms of design have combined to create one of the most renowned links courses in Ireland today.

Measuring 5850 metres the Championship course has a slope of 70 and a par of 71. Levels and elevation feature prominently and undulations are dramatic and, at times, unforgiving. The terrain is varied to say the least and some of the bunkers can be a tough experience. That aside, every hole offers something different and this individuality adds to the game which cumulates to create the foundations for an excellent game of links golf.

Facilities at the course are offered from the clubhouse which fuses the installations modern players need and demand with the old fashioned charm and features associated with such an historic sport and club. Here you will find a 6 bay driving range as well as putting and practice areas. Away from the playing aspect there is a well-appointed professional shop in addition to two bars and the clubs own Watchouse Restaurant.

Tee times for this course are extensive although there is limited availability for visitors wanting weekend slots, particularly in high season.  Furthermore, visitors tee times are clustered both in the early morning and mid-afternoon as tee times between approximately 11am and 1pm are reserved for members only .In regards to green fees, due to the quality and repertoire of the Championship course it can be seen as pricey however it is very reasonable considering the features and level of play that the course offers. Special rates are also available at times for groups and younger, student players;however these vary with the season and are subject to change.

The golf course is just a short journey from the county town of Sligo which has good rail links to the rest of Ireland as well as Northern Ireland. Transport by both car and coach is also relatively easy to and from other parts of Ireland. That said, travelling to golf club from international locations can be lengthy as the nearest airports are all at least a two hour drive away and some of these still offer only local flights. Accommodation wise, there are a number of options located both in and around Sligo to suit most tastes.

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Reviews (26)

  • Average rating obtained by

    golfShake
    07/08/2014
    4x9.5
    Fantastic course. Great variety of holes (none of them easy) and friendly welcome. Played in what the locals described as a mild breeze, which roughly translated means 3/4 club difference. If you're in the west of Ireland, this place and Carne are a must.
    This rating for County Sligo Golf Club. is the average of 4 ratings obtained from www.golfshake.com
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    top100golfcourses
    03/05/2013
    18x8.6
    Three intrepid Scottish golfers travelled across the sea to sample, again, the golfing delights of Ireland’s north western coast. Our first day was a travelling day with two rounds of golf scheduled for the next day, the first being at Rosses Point. As we travelled down from Derry to Sligo things looked decidedly bleak. We knew that the forecast for the following morning was supposed to be ok but as the wind buffeted our car and the rain tumbled in sheets it was more in hope than expectation that we would be golfing the next day. The sombre mood intensified after watching the weather forecast on RTE. The metrological chart had the word STORM emblazoned across it, Things appeared grim and I wouldn’t have bet a buckshee Euro on a golf club being swung the following morning. It is often said that the sun shines on the righteous, well, the righteous must have had sunshine to spare, throwing some in our direction. It may have windier than the day after a dodgy curry but the rain had stopped and a watery sun appeared, unbelievably, it was game on! The opening 3 holes reminded me a wee bit of Gullane No 1 playing up and down the hill. This was followed by the understated, but brilliant short, 137 yrd par 3 to a pulpit green which, not surprisingly in the conditions, none of us managed to find. I also liked holes 7 and 8, both guarded by burns; both extremely tough even in benign conditions, almost impossible on the day we played. I found the back 9 tougher but ironically I managed to locate a swing so I fared better. Standout holes the short par 3 13th and the par 4 14th brilliantly guarded by a snaking burn. The uphill, doglegged 17th however was my pick of the course and the 18th provided a very tough drive into the wind. After the round it was a typical Irish affair, charm, friendliness, nothing too much trouble. In my experience if you will never get a warmer welcome if you a golfing traveller to Ireland and that is the reason we always return, that and the fantastic courses. I have to say that I understand Jim’s X factor comment as for me Sligo lacked the drama of an Enniscrone, Carne or Sandy Hills but it is a tough, but very fair golf course in a wonderful setting where great golf and fantastic hospitality is guaranteed. MPPJ
    This rating for County Sligo Golf Club. is the average of 18 ratings obtained from www.top100golfcourses.co.uk
  • Average rating obtained by

    ukgolfguide
    25/06/2012
    3x10
    I had seen photos of County Sligo and arrived in a rather pessimistic mood thinking the course wouldn't live up to my expectations...how wrong I was!The first two holes ease you into the round and once you get to the 3rd tee the amazing remainder of the course and the stunning surrounding landscape are presented to you in the form of one of the most spectacular panoramic views I have ever seen! Rugged mountains, provide the backdrop and the course is almost entirely surrounded by the sea...Rosse's Point is a truly breathtaking place and heaven sent as the site for a classic, world class links which County Sligo most definitely is.Hole after hole you are challenged in a way not found on inland courses and the back nine holes are among the best I have ever set foot on, particularly from the 12th onwards. Greens are perfect, fairways feature all the humps and bumps that make links golf so fun and hazards, including rugged bunkers and narrow streams, are well placed. When the wind blows this course is tough but in my opinion fair. Some holes are brutal while others offer the chance to pick up a few shots that you may have already dropped. The 5th for instance is an easily reachable par 5 that boasts an exciting tee shot from the tee raised some 100 feet above the fairway, while the par 4 8th required me to smash a driver and then a 3 wood to get home in two! In summary the course ebbs and flows between very testing holes and others that can be attacked. County Sligo provides a truly enthralling test of golf; the clubhouse is a friendly and well run establishment and the views from all over the course and the 3rd tee in particular are worth the trip alone!An absolute must for any fan of links golf. 11/10!!
    This rating for County Sligo Golf Club. is the average of 3 ratings obtained from www.ukgolfguide.com
  • Average rating obtained by

    1golfEU
    13/06/2013
    1x4.0
    Viel Vorschusslorbeeren (Alter des Platzes, Lage, Bilder!?).Nach Connemara, Enniscrone, Carne, Ballyliffin, Rosapenna, the Valley war dies der ungepflegteste Platz.Schlechtes Layout, viele blinde Schläge, unfairer Platz. Da bekannte Feriendestination wird der Platz aus golferischer Sicht überbewertet.Hat wohl schon bessere Zeiten hinter sich.
    This rating for County Sligo Golf Club. is the average of 1 ratings obtained from www.1golf.eu

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