nr Sligo, Co. Sligo
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original 18-hole layout by Capt William Campbell (1906); substantially redesigned by Harry Colt (1927-31).
Above distances are for the Colt course. Also at County Sligo is the 9-hole Bomore course (par-35; 2,785 metres from back tees).
8 km NW of Sligo
From the N15 north of Sligo, take the R291 direction Ballincar / Rosses Point. Follow this road for approx 6 km to Rosses Point and County Sligo Golf Club.
County Sligo Golf Club, also commonly referred to as Rosses Point, is home to one of the oldest and best known links layouts in Ireland. With one or two dramatic elevation changes on this wonderful coastal golf course, you are guaranteed a fabulous panoply of sea, estuary and mountain views.
On its west side the course is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The view to the north is dominated by Benbulben, an impressive glacier-cut rock formation bearing a strong resemblance to Cape Town's Table Mountain. To the east you'll look onto Glencar valley and the Dartary mountains, while the southern vista is completed by Knocknarea, topped by a large cairn of stones reputed to be the grave of the warrior queen Meave of Connaught.
This thoroughly enjoyable classic links layout is defined by much more than its wonderful views. Designer Harry Colt is reputed to have been influenced by the layout of St Andrews Old course in his crafting of County Sligo. On the fairways you'll play from crisp turf, while the undulating greens are defended by plenty of stylish and deep greenside bunkering.
A meandering stream (Mahon's Burn) cuts across the par-4 14th hole and needs to be crossed on your approach shots into the par-4 7th and 8th greens. At the par-5 5th (The Jump) you play down onto the fairway from a significantly elevated tee, only to return to the course's upper level via the par-3 16th and signature par-4 17th.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.
Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Although extended from nine to eighteen holes in 1906 and then completely redesigned by Harry Colt in 1927-31, County Sligo Golf Club has always occupied the same stretch of land at Rosses Point. The land was originally leased from Henry Middleton in 1894 by the Club's founder, Colonel James Campbell. Middleton was an uncle of W.B. Yeats, the famous Irish poet and Nobel Prize winner for literature, and his brother Jack B Yeats, the noted landscape painter.
Ireland's 15th best course (Golf World, 2023).
Britain & Ireland's 61st best course (Golf World, 2022).
Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
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The 98-room Yeats Country Hotel Spa & Leisure Centre provides its guests with plenty of leisure options and the chance to relax amongst the breathtaking beauty of the North West of Ireland. Located at Rosses Point, the hotel is in close proximity to a Blue flag beach and the challenging 18 hole links of County Sligo Golf Club.
Ballincar, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
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The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa is located in Ballincar, 2 miles from Sligo city centre and on the way to Rosses Point, home to the impressive 18-hole championship links of County Sligo Golf Club. The hotel has 132 stylishly furbished deluxe guest rooms including Executive suites, Junior suites and spacious Business Class rooms.
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