Rosapenna Golf Club - Sandy Hills Links

Downings, Co Donagsal, Co Donegal

  • holes:18
  • par: 71 71
  • length: 5.787 m 4.868 m
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Description

  • holes:18
  • year:2003
  • par: 71 71
  • length: 5.787 m 4.868 m
  • architect:Pat Ruddy

Just outside of the small, quaint fishing village of Downings on the northern edge of County Donegal in Ireland the Sandy Hills golf course at Rosapenna has everything players could want for a secluded and challenging yet unforgettable game of golf.

The site at Rosapenna is home to two fantastic courses, the Old Tom Morris Links Course and the more recent Sandy Hills, however golf here dates back to the late 19th century; a fact that is apparent to all who visit. The Sandy Hills Links was established in the summer of 2003 and was designed and laid by the prolific Pat Ruddy who took a visionary approach to the design which weaves and carves seamlessly through the surrounding sand dunes.

A links course of 18 holes, the Sandy Hills course measures 6542 metres and has a par of 71. Combine this with a plethora of distinctive features and you are set for a memorable game of golf. Said features include slim fairways and elevated greens as well as clever natural undulations supported and defined again by the sand dunes. This really is a course for serious golfers but still offers itself well to those with slightly less experience.

Of a championship standard, the facilities at Sandy Hills match that title and offer great variety for both golfing and non-golfing visitors. The Golf Pavilion clubhouse is shared by both of the courses at Rosapenna and boasts both a large restaurant and lounge in addition to a billiards room and committee and conference facilities. In addition, changing facilities and pro-golf shop are well-appointed and modern thanks to the 3 million euro investment used to open the Pavilion in 2005.

Green fees for the Sandy Links course are reasonable considering the prestige and location of the course and generous discounts are sometimes available for players who book online. Day tickets involving play on both of the courses at Rosapenna are also available and special dawn and dusk rates are sometimes offered.

As this is a popular destination for golf in Ireland, thanks in part to its high rankings on some of the Top Course lists it is advised to book tee times in advance so as to avoid disappointment. Times vary dependent on the season however they span well throughout the day and are numerous. It is just a question of booking in enough time.

Getting to Rosapenna is relatively easy considering it is in quite a secluded part of Ireland. The nearest airport is the City of Derry airport which is about a 90 minute transfer away in Northern Ireland. This airport tends to offer domestic flights as well as flights to the United Kingdom so other international visitors would have to fly to one of these plentiful destinations beforehand.

The main choice for accommodation at the course is that provided by the Rosapenna Hotel to which the course belongs. This hotel provides luxury accommodation for all visitors and has a range of rooms and suites, some of which offer beautiful views of the nearby Sheephaven bay.

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Reviews (48)

  • Average rating obtained by

    top100golfcourses
    13/10/2013
    41x8.5
    Visited Rosapenna in late Sept on a golf trip that also included playing in the Great North links Competition at Ballyliffin, Portstewart & Royal Portrush. In my opinion this was the best of a great set of links. For many years I have dreamed of finding a course that would be a combination of the front 9 at Portstewart & the back 9 of Hillside well the Sandy Hills Links at Rosapenna comes very close. 1 superb hole follows another, not a weak hole amongst the 18. The course can be very challenging especially if the fairways are not found, (it completely beat up this single figure golfer) so as previous reviews state, select the right set of tees, but this course is a MUST PLAY for top 100 junkies especially if you enjoy holes routed through high dunes with fantastic scenery. I can't wait to return. Old Tom Morris course is also very enjoyable. Dave A
    This rating for Rosapenna Golf Club. is the average of 41 ratings obtained from www.top100golfcourses.co.uk
  • Average rating obtained by

    1golfEU
    06/10/2013
    3x9.3
    Was für ein großartiger Platz. An fast jedem Abschlag hält man den Atem an, weil eine tolle Bahn vor einem liegt. Kein einziges langweiliges Loch. Abwechslungsreich, fantastische Blicke in eine unglaublich schöne Landschaft. Der Platz ist anspruchsvoll, aber nie unfair. Wie immer bei Links-Plätzen: Den Ball schön auf dem Fairway lassen :-)). Von unseren sechs (Tom Morris, Portsalon, Narin Portnoo, Ballylifin) gespielten Plätzen die klare Nr.1
    This rating for Rosapenna Golf Club. is the average of 3 ratings obtained from www.1golf.eu
  • Average rating obtained by

    golfReisWijzer
    01/06/2012
    2x9.2
    In June we were here 9 days and played 14 (!) rounds on both Rosapenna courts and many jobs in the (distant) environment. Stayed at the Coastguard Cottages with magnificent views of the Bay and very attractive greenfee vouchers: 35, unbelievable for such world class courses. And for that you have the job for you only, delicious, though do you not understand how they can exploit the resort here. Could not have lunch in the clubhouse, only in the hotel. About the jobs nothing but good. Sandy Hills: beautifully situated on the high dunes, for its challenging holes, bad afstraffend, but good irrevocably succeed succeed rewarding, an eldorado for serious golfers. Old Tom Morris: especially the second half of the first (new) 9 beautiful holes. Second nine impresses above all by the magnificent view of the high dunes with the Sandy Hills holes. The holes of OTM walk back and forth, at SH are you soon you lose orientation in the high dunes. It's almost the end of the world here, but if you have the chance: go, if only to keep them just like the adjacent 36 holes complex go bankrupt, that would be a disaster!
    This rating for Rosapenna Golf Club. is the average of 2 ratings obtained from www.golfreiswijzer.nl
  • Average rating obtained by

    ukgolfguide
    02/06/2007
    2x9.0
    Played both courses in May 2007 - Sandy Hills is the best of the two, cut through huge dunes. The Old Tom Morris course is excellent for 10 holes and then crosses the road for the last 8, which are not links holes and not as interesting. Soon, I believe, new holes will be added that should improve this course.Excellent food in the hotel and a warm welcome for visitors.
    This rating for Rosapenna Golf Club. is the average of 2 ratings obtained from www.ukgolfguide.com

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