Ballyliffin Golf Club

Ballyliffin,

Inishowen, Co. Donegal

  • Office

    +353 (0)74 9376 119
  • Pro shop

    +353 (0)74 9378 100
  • Fax

    +353 (0)74 9376 672
  • Golf pro

    Gareth McCausland (PGA Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7217
6464
5727
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
74
71
73

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Glashedy Links. Also at Ballyliffin is the 18-hole Old Links (par-71; 6,612 yds from back tees), and 9-hole Pollan Links par-3 course (par-27; 1075 yards).

Location

Latitude:

55.298972

Longitude:

-7.363145

How to get there:

40 km N of Derry (Londonderry)

From Derry (Londonderry) take the A2 direction Newtown Cunningham / Letterkenny and then the R238 direction Burnfoot / Buncrana. From Buncrana (still on the R238) follow direction Drumfree / Cardonagh. After 8 km in Drumfree, follow the R238 direction Clonmany. After 8.4 km (at pink church) turn right direction Ballyliffin GC. After 4 km turn left into entrance to Ballyliffin GC.

Ballyliffin Golf Club (Glashedy Links)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1995

Ballyliffin Golf Club (Glashedy Links): Far from the madding crowd in the most northerly part of Ireland (Inishowen), Ballyliffin is home to two superb championship golf courses, both set in a vast area of natural sand dunes.

The Glashedy Links takes its name from the Glashedy Rock that sits 2 km offshore. The longer and sterner test of the two layouts, the Glashedy is laid out amongst towering dunes with sea and mountain views from most holes.

As with many of the great courses played on linksland (land which provides the "link" between usable farmland and the seashore), the Glashedy is defined by crisp fairways, fabulous revetted bunkering and fast true greens. Deep rough lies in wait for wayward drives, not too easy to avoid when the wind is blowing, or when playing some of the layout's tighter and more undulating holes.

Without doubt one of the best examples of links golf in Ireland, and not as far off the beaten trail as a casual glance at the road map may have you think.

List of courses: Ireland - North

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in summer season: Glashedy Links €220 (all days); Old Links €200.

Contact club for full details, discounts, combination tickets, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available if pre-booked.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

Ballyliffin is just a few miles from the most northerly tip of Ireland - Malin Head (well-known from shipping weather forecasts).

Published ranking

Glashedy Links:
Ireland's 17th best course (Golf World, 2023).
Britain & Ireland's 75th best course (Golf World, 2022).

Where2Stay

  • The Strand Hotel

    Ballyliffin, Inishowen, Co. Donegal

    +353 (0)74 937 6107

    Visit website

    The Strand Hotel is situated amid an Irish paradise of golden sandy beaches, beautiful hillsides, world class golf courses, a plethora of cheerful watering holes and a warm friendly face at every turn.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Ballyliffin (Glashedy Links and Old Links)

    • Golf within 30 km:

      No

  • Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel4-star

    Ballyliffin, Inishowen, Co. Donegal

    +353 (0)74 937 8200

    Visit website

    The Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel & Spa offers spectacular panoramic views of Malin Head and the Inishowen coastline taking in the world famous Ballyliffin Golf Club, the golden sands of Pollan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Ballyliffin (Glashedy Links and Old Links)

    • Golf within 30 km:

      No

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