Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old Links)

4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old Links) Est. 1947

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Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old Links): Ballyliffin! A very Irish sounding name, which (in golfers' parlance) stands for a wonderland of links golf, where the game is played through sand dunes of every imaginable size. Like its sister course (Glashedy), with which it is closely entwined, Ballyliffin's Old Links is another standard bearer for Irish links golf. Although a tad shorter than the Glashedy, the family resemblances and hallmarks of quality are clear to see. "Identical twins" might be an apt description for the pair.

Undulating fairways, excellent revetted bunkering and fast true greens are found in abundance on the Old Links. On the back-nine, especially at the 14th, 15th and 16th, the course gets right alongside the beach. From here you'll enjoy wonderful views out across Pollan Bay from the elevated tee-boxes. If "working the ball" is your forte, there's plenty of opportunity for shaping shots into the many doglegging holes. You'll also need to cope with the vagaries of the weather, which ensures your all-round game is given a thorough workout.

Like the Glashedy, the Old Course provides undiluted links golf in a superbly natural "big dunes" environment. If you are coming to Ballyliffin, and links golf is what you thrive on, ensure you give yourself time to play both courses.

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Making Contact

Ballyliffin Golf Club
Inishowen, Co. Donegal 
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Office   +353 (0)74 9376 119
Pro Shop   +353 (0)74 9378 100

  +353 (0)74 9376 672

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Golf Pro
Gareth McCausland
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Gently undulating terrain - no effort to walk.
Surroundings: Coastal duneland.
Designer: Original layout dates back to 1947, which was significantly remodelled by Eddie Hackett (early 1970s), with inputs from Frank Pennink, Charles Lawrie and Martin Hopkins. Recent Modifications Pat Ruddy and Nick Faldo.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6937 6937 5414
Par 71 71 71
SSS or Slope 72 71 72
At the Same Location:
Above distances are for the Old Links. Also at Ballyliffin is the 18-hole Glashedy Links (par-72; 7,217 yds from back tees).
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How2Get 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.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in summer season: €160 (all days). Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, combination tickets, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Handicap required.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available if booked in advance.

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Did you know?

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

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: among the second 100 best courses in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (55.289283)
Longitude: (-7.381611)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in

The Strand Hotel 
Ballyliffin, Inishowen, Co. Donegal
+353 (0)74 937 6107

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
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Golf within 10 km Ballyliffin (Glashedy Links and Old Links)
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Golf within 30 km No
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Ballyliffin Hotel 
Ballyliffin, Inishowen, Co. Donegal
+353 (0)74 937 6106

The Ballyliffin Hotel is situated in the north west peninsula of Donegal, one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland. Ballyliffin nestles between towering mountains and beautiful small hillsides, overlooking the golden sands of Pollan Bay and a stones throw from the famous Ballyliffin Golf Club.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 10 km Ballyliffin (Glashedy Links and Old Links)
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Golf within 30 km No
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