at Ballyliffin Golf Club
Old Links Course overview
The Old Links at Ballyliffin Golf Club opened for play in 1973 and is as traditional as links golf gets, where the perfect drive will often find an awkward lie. The fairways roll through wild dunes overlooking Pollan Beach and the North Atlantic beyond.
An Eddie Hackett design measuring just under 7000 yards off the tips, the Old received some attention from Faldo’s design team in 2004, which was triggered in 1993 by a visit from the then world number one golfer, who commented ‘this is one of the most natural links courses I have ever played’.
In many ways, this put Ballyliffin on the map and although the newer Glashedy Links is more suited to professional tournaments due to its length, the Old Links is as good and ranks amongst Ireland’s top 20 courses.
The par-3s on the Old Links are fantastic with the 179-yard 5th possibly the best. Called ‘The Tank’ it is an intimidating tee shot to a stage-like green on an elevated plateau surround by dunes.
Did You Know?
The Old Links has hosted the European Tour’s Irish Seniors Open and the Irish Women’s Close.
Accommodation near Old Links
The Station House Hotel
The 3-star Station House Hotel in Letterkenny is a contemporary, family-run, boutique property. Great value for money and a perfect base for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way and golf in the North West.
Lough Eske Castle
The Lough Eske Castle offers stunning, luxury accommodation in County Donegal, allowing guests to step back in time whilst enjoying modern comforts and lavish designs from its recent refurbishment.
Ballyliffin Lodge, Hotel & Spa
Ireland’s most northerly 4-star hotel set amongst spectacular scenery on the Inishowen Peninsular. Ballyliffin Golf Club, the finest 36-hole links golf complex in the country is just 1 mile away.
Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Links
An excellent resort in a spectacular setting overlooking Sheephaven Bay in the very north of Ireland. Rosapenna offers 4-star accommodations and facilities with two 5-star golf courses onsite.