Kincasslagh, Co. Donegal
9 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Coastal duneland and clifftop.
Michael Doherty, long-time golf professional at City of Derry Golf Club.
6 km NE of Kincasslagh / 96 km W of Derry (Londonderry).
Cruit Island GC is accessible by road at the south end of the island; it's then a 10-minute drive to the golf at the north end of the island.
Cruit Island Golf Club: if ever a golf course captured the fun and excitement of golfing on Ireland's "Wild Atlantic" coast, then look no further than Cruit Island (pronounced "Critch" Island). Here on a rugged peninsula jutting into the ocean, you'll find a spell-binding nine-hole clifftop links. Once played, never forgotten!
This wonderfully authentic, stunningly scenic and at times playfully eccentric layout weaves its way through a tightly rolling duneland. Along the way, which is not always obvious (especially on a first visit), you'll be captivated by views of sandy coves, rocky crevasses, craggy reefs, inshore Owey Island and the mighty North Atlantic beyond.
With so much to marvel at beyond the course, keeping focused on several blind tee and approach shots may be a challenge ... four of the first five tee shots are blind! Make sure you get directions for the opening tee shot .. it's not obvious!
Several holes radiate out from, or play back to a large hollowed-out sand hill at the heart of the layout, and many holes have two separate teeing grounds, creating two slightly different nine-hole circuits. Bunkering is relatively light, but ever mischievous, while the only water you'll see is that which swirls around the entire course ... in oceanic form.
Pick of the holes: with a back tee that sits above the ocean, the par-3 6th routinely steals the show. The not overly large green is perched just beyond a rocky inlet, where dark mysterious caves and teeming rock pools are washed and filled by the mighty Atlantic.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details. [Last updated: 2023].
Players generally walk this course.
Linked to the mainland by a 100-yard road bridge, the rocky peninsula that is Cruit Island (pronounced "Critch" Island or sometimes "Crutch" Island) was once inhabited by as many of 250 people. Nowadays the population is down to something a little over 50. The island is home to a few B&Bs, mainly at its southern end, near the bridge.
Ireland: 40th best course in Ireland (Golf World, 2023).
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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