Photo of Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old Links)

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

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy 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 by Nick Faldo.

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6612
6168
5323
Par
71
71
71
SSS or slope
72
70
71

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).

Location

Latitude:

55.289282

Longitude:

-7.381611

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 (Old Links)

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1947

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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  • Photo of Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old Links)

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: €160 (all days).

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, combination tickets, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].

Other information

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

Old Links:
GB&I: 72nd best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2020/21).
Ireland: 21st best course in Ireland (Golf World, 2019).

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 Hotel

    Ballyliffin, Inishowen, Co. Donegal

    +353 (0)74 937 6106

    Visit website

    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

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Ballyliffin (Glashedy Links and Old Links)

    • Golf within 30 km:

      No

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