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North West Golf Club


Fahan, Co. Donegal F93W 0VC

  • Office

    +353 074 936 1027
  • Pro shop

    +353 074 936 1715
  • Golf pro

    Brian McElhinney (PGA Golf Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland alongside Lough Swilly.

  • Designer:

    Original design by Charles Thompson (golf professional at Portrush GC).

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How to get there:

3 km S of Buncrana / 20 km NW of Derry (Londonderry).

North West Golf Club

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

Est. 1891

North West Golf Club is home to a thoroughly enjoyable and unpretentious links golf course, the six opening holes of which are played directly alongside scenic Lough Swilly. Here, a few kilometres south of Buncrana, you'll find a well presented course that gently meanders across a landscape of low level dunes. Quite a contrast to the towering sand hills and hellacious bunkering of the likes of Ballyliffin, Rosapenna or Portsalon ( ... which are all within an hour's drive).

North West is a more restrained links course, where the dunes, bunkers and rippling fairways are less exuberant in scale, but still provide the backdrop for an absorbing round. As you set off by the side of Lough Swilly, you'll enjoy an outer front-nine loop that wraps around the inner back-nine. On the estuary, the Buncrana-Rathmullan car ferry chugs along, setting an easy-going tempo for a relaxed golf swing. Beyond the Lough lie attractive hills and mountains.

Although less dramatic and more compact that its more renowned peers, the generally good-width fairways are well-separated by bands of not overly penal rough, a scattering of gorse bushes, and occasional water hazards. The east side of the course, versus the Lough side, runs next to a reasonably busy local road, but not one that will disturb your enjoyment of the course.

Pick of the holes: if you think the par-3 8th (Piffler) is short (and interestingly, played back over the 9th tee; as the 9th is played back over the 8th tees!), then wait for the par-3 16th (Fairy). This smidge of a hole is ringed by four pot bunkers, water is in play front and right, and slick run-off areas also add to this wee-demon's 93-yard challenge.

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Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee (non-GUI members), 18-holes in high season: weekdays €60; weekends €70.

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


Did you know?

North West Golf Club dates back to 1891, when it was one of the founding members of the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI). Measuring over 6300 yards, the links nestles under the so called “Mouldy Mountains” on the shores of Lough Swilly.

Published ranking

Ireland's 69th best course (Golf World, 2023).

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