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The Old Links Course at Ballyliffin Golf Club
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Clonmany, Co. Donegal,
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About The Old Links Course at Ballyliffin Golf Club
Category Ireland Golf Courses :: Clonmany, Co. Donegal Golf Courses
Year Built 1947
Designer "Members"
Guest Policy Open, Handicap Certificate Required
Dress Code No denim, Collared shirt and Bermuda shorts required
Metal Spikes
Season Open all year
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Pro Shop Hours 8:00 AM

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Situated close to Malin Head on Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula, Ireland's most northerly links comprises 365 acres/150 hectares of spectacular dunesland and is practically surrounded by rolling hills and mountains - the only other boundary is the Atlantic Ocean. Ballyliffin boasts two outstanding and contrasting links courses. It was once the best kept secret in golf, but Ballyliffin has recently been described as 'the Ballybunion of the North' and it was christened 'The Dornoch of Ireland' and for golfers in the know regarded Ballyliffin as the ultimate hidden gem. In June 1993, on a glorious day when 'seals basked on Glashedy Rock and the sea off Pollan Strand was as blue as the Bay of Naples', a helicopter landed adjacent the clubhouse and out jumped Nick Faldo. Nothing can prepare you for your first sight of The Old Links. The drive to the clubhouse is straightforward enough but when you stand on the 1st tee of The Old Links the sensation is invariably one of total bewilderment. 'Is that the fairway?', you ask incredulously. Somewhere up ahead (a dog-legging par four away) is the green, but your gaze is fixed firmly on the extraordinary terrain in front of you. Like most fairways on The Old Links it twists and tumbles in every conceivable direction. Nick Faldo was as fascinated as anyone by the course's myriad humps and hillocks; 'Do you play bump-and-run here or do you just run and bump?' More than anything, it is the extraordinary terrain that makes a game on The Old Links such a unique experience: stand on any tee and the fairway ripples and tumbles in each and every direction. The principal architect of the links was of course Mother Nature. The landscape has an amazing austere beauty to it, between the ocean, hills and endless stretches of dunes, tall grass and bushes, dotted with the old white house in the distance. In this huge sanctuary of tranquillity, every player cuts his own path, as if he were the first to play here. The most legendary hole on the Old Links is undoubtedly the par three 5th, or 'The Tank', as it is known. It is one of those holes that people either love or hate. The green enjoys a stage-like setting perched between two large sand-hills and only the perfectly judged tee shot will find the sanctuary of the putting surface. The 15th, played into the prevailng wind, is a worthy stroke index one hole and the par three 17th has the most extraordinary green - it has been likened to a dishevelled duvet - but arguably the best hole is kept until last: the par five 18th is one of the finest closing holes in golf. True to form, the fairway meanders and wriggles its entire length before coming to rest beneath the windows of the clubhouse. Only when you step off the 18th green do you finally return to terra firma. The Glashedy Links is the last course at Ballyliffin but it outstrips its neighbour, the Old Course. The Glashedy is rated #6 of "The Top 10 New Courses" in the British Isles", opened since January 1994, Golf World International 11/96. The Glashedy Links makes the most of a genuinely dramatic location. It has been laid out on predominantly higher ground above the Old Links. The views from the course are stunning. Vast undulating greens, cavernous bunkers and fairways that twist and roll beneath towering dunes. The challenge presented by the Glashedy Links is almost as formidable as it is exhilarating. Adjoining The Old Links is a massive sandhill and, beyond this, a seemingly infinite stretch of spectacularly wild duneland. The mind cannot help but wonder. There is the Glashedy Links providing a roller coaster tour of this remarkable, almost lunar landscape. The wild duneland makes for glorious golfing country. And, yes, the views up there are out of this world. The architects, Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock may have been presented with an incredible piece of land but their achievements is a stunning triumph nonetheless. At once supremely testing and shatteringly beautiful, Glashedy Links is destined for recognition as one of the great links courses of the world. On a calm day it is a shimmering diamond, but when the wind is howling, beware the smiler with the knife. Anyone wishing to tackle this links from the back tees on such a day will need to possess a masochistic streak. This is no gentle break in. The course opens with three mighty par fours, the combined effect of which is to lead the golfer away from the clubhouse and deep into the dunes - deep into that other world. The links will become notorious for its plethora of rivetted bunkers. An especially cavernous bunker guards the entrance to the green at the 2nd and there is one almost as gaping in front of the 3rd. Another lurks just off the fairway to the right of the 4th and as for the quintet that ring the putting surface at the short 5th . . . be careful you don't lose your partner! The greens are generally very large and full of subtle undulation; as many are also two-tiered, accurate approach shots are properly rewarded. The 15th is the longest of the par fours. It is another of the Glashedy Links sweeping doglegs and calls for a downhill drive followed by a searching second to a raised green. The course starts very boldly and finishes with a touch of panache. The shot to the 18th must be threaded along a corridor of sentinel-line bunkers - miss the green to the left or right and you may have to display your shotmaking artistry in front of a packed clubhouse. At least you can count on the members' sympathy. Other attractions: Discover the Inishowen Peninsula which is one of the most beautiful areas in the whole of Ireland, the northernmost tip of Ireland is there - Malin Head. Ballyliffin nestles beneath towering mountains and beautiful hillsides. It overlooks Pollan Bay and has a wonderful lengthy beach. The ruins of Carrickabraghy Castle are at the end of the bay and Glashedy Rock sits just off the coast. The air is reputed to be the freshest and purest in the world. It comes straight from the Atlantic. Exploring the countryside, you will see signs directing you to the Inis Eoighan 100; this is a gloriously scenic drive that guides you around the Peninsula and is Donegal's version of the Ring of Kerry. Fishermen love the Inishowen Pensinula. The salmon are plentiful. So are golfers. There are a handful of courses in Inishowen, all of which are well worth a visit. Courses nearby: Donegal, Rosapenna, Portstalon.
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