Portsalon Golf Club


Fanad, Co. Donegal

  • Office

    +353 (0)74 915 9459
  • Pro shop

    +353 (0)74 915 9459
  • Fax

    +353 (0)74 915 9459
  • Golf pro

    Daragh Lyons (Club Manager).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb (more so on the back-nine)

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Original design by Charles Thompson (golf professional at Portrush GC); substantial improvements designed by Pat Ruddy (2000).

SSS or slope






How to get there:

47 miles NW of Derry (Londonderry)

From the town of Letterkenny, take the R245 direction Rathmelton / Milford. After 20 km (go through Milford) turn right direction Kerrykeel / Fanad. After 1.5 km turn onto the R246 direction Kerrykeel / Fanad and follow the R246. After approx 14 km turn right direction Portsalon Golf Hotel. After 1.1 km turn right direction Portsalon GC. After 1 km turn right into golf club.

Portsalon Golf Club

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

Est. 1891

Portsalon Golf Club: The Fanad Peninsula in County Donegal is one of Ireland's quieter corners, where a memorable links golf course combines with spectacular mountain scenery and breathtaking sea views. Relatively recent improvements to the layout at Portsalon have catapulted it into the upper echelons of Ireland's coastal courses - both in terms of scenery (which has been here since time immemorial) and the playing quality of the holes (a more recent phenomenon).

Several idiosyncratic and criss-crossing holes have now been straightened out and a more uniform and stronger layout has resulted. The renovation has not however altered the timeless charms of this seaside course, and its inherent golfing challenges.

With the majority of the layout played through an impressive area of sand dunes alongside the North Atlantic Ocean, you are assured of great scenery, not least the views onto Ballymacstocker Bay and Lough Swilly. The layout itself provides a thorough examination of your overall game; there are times when long and straight is an essential requirement from the tee.

The tranquillity of the environment here at Portsalon is only interrupted by the wind (and occasional gales) that blow through, and on sunny summer days the sounds of playful youngsters on the beach.

List of courses: Ireland - North


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct): weekdays €125; weekends €150.

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?

Running alongside the golf course at Portsalon are 3 km of pristine golden sand that form spectacular Ballymastocker Beach. County Donegal's Fanad Peninsula is home to several other fabulous beaches, as well as the impressive Fanad Head lighthouse (located 12 km north of Portsalon).

Published ranking

Ireland's 23rd best course (Golf World, 2023).
Britain & Ireland's 110th best course (Golf World, 2022).


  • Rathmullan House4-star

    Rathmullen, Co. Donegal

    +353 (0)74 915 8188

    Visit website
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    • Golf within 10 km:


    • Golf within 30 km:

      Portsalon; Rosapenna (Old Tom Morris and Sandy Hills courses).

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    +353 (0)74 915 9806

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    • Golf within 10 km:

      Portsalon (o.5 km)

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Rosapenna (Old Tom Morris and Sandy Hills courses)

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