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Dunfanaghy Golf Club

Kill Park,

Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal

  • Office

    +353 (0)74 913 6335
  • Pro shop

    +353 (0)74 913 6335
  • Golf pro

    Seamus McMonagle
  • Academy

    Seamus McMonagle Golf Academy (for which Dunfanaghy is one of its locations).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Harry Vardon (six-time winner of the Open Championship, and golf course designer).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Metres
5308
5179
4532
Par
68
68
69
SSS or slope
67
69

Location

Latitude:

55.183068

Longitude:

-7.960765

How to get there:

o.5 km E of Dunfanaghy / 70 km NW of Derry (Londonderry).

Dunfanaghy Golf Club

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 1906

Dunfanaghy Golf Club: nestled on the western shores of Sheephaven Bay with its pristine beaches and stunning scenery, Dunfanaghy Golf Club sits on the edge of the picturesque village of Dunfanaghy in the shadow of Muckish Mountain. Laid out over 100 years ago by the great Harry Vardon, the course you play today is very similar to Vardon's original layout.

After a few relatively flat and modest opening holes, the course starts to come alive at the gently ascending par-4 6th (The Blagh). This leads you into Dunfanaghy's best stretch, from the long par-3 7th (Canon) to the short par-4 10th (Killahoey). Here the course make good use of an area of taller dunes, giving the holes the best of the layout's elevation changes. Spectacular views of Killahoey beach, Sheephaven Bay and the small harbour of Portnablagh accompany your journey around the turn on this out-and-back layout.

The short par-4 11th (Sandhill) brings you back inland onto flatter terrain tucked down behind the dunes. You'll need to wait until the par-5 16th green (Catherine's Isle), and bayside par-3 17th (Carraig Rua) for the return of those captivating scenic views, this time over the wide sandy expanse of the Dunafaghy Bay estuary. These views much enhance the closing trio of holes.

Pick of the holes: the signature short par-3 9th (The Beat) is played downhill over a picturesque sandy inlet, with the glorious expanse of Killahoey beach stretching away to your right. Up next is the intimidating and drivable short par-4 10th (Killahoey), also with an inlet to cross!

List of courses: Ireland - North

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Sept): €60 (all days).

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

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

Dunfanaghy is the home club of celebrated Irish golfer Paul McGinley, who learned to play golf on the fairways of Dunfanaghy. Amongst many later achievements and honours in the game, he became Europe's Ryder Cup Captain in 2014, recording a win against the USA team at Gleneagles in Scotland. McGinley remains a great supporter of Dunfanaghy Golf Club, and a regular visitor to the area.

Although Dunfanaghy Golf Club was formally established in 1906, there is clear documented evidence that golf was played here in 1886, and probably for many years before that.

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