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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