Best golf courses: Londonderry

Londonderry: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in and around this city. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key below for the rating definitions.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Londonderry
Hackett, Eddie

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Ballyliffin's original nine-hole course dated back to 1947. Between 1970 and 1973 a "new course" was brought into play on neighbouring ground, replacing the original nine holes. This new layout (now known as the Old Links) was designed by Eddie Hackett with input from local agricultural adviser Martin Hopkins, and English course architects Frank Pennink and Charles Lawrie. Recent modifications to the Old Links were made by Nick Faldo (2005). The Glashedy Links dates from 1995.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Londonderry
Morris & Ruddy

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Londonderry

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Front-nine (Strand-nine) designed by Pat Ruddy (2009). Back-nine (Valley-nine) originally designed by Old Tom Morris (1893), with later modifications by Harry Vardon & James Braid (1906), and Harry Colt (1911).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Londonderry
Doherty, Michael

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Michael Doherty

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Londonderry
Thompson & Ruddy

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

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Londonderry
Ruddy & Craddock

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Londonderry

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Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Londonderry
Ruddy, Pat

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Londonderry

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Pat Ruddy with input from owner Frank Casey Snr.

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

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The layout has evolved over the years with inputs from Hughie McNeill, Leo Wallace, various members, and most recently Eddie Connaughton (2004).

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