Ballyliffin Golf Club
First Established: 1973
Designed By: Eddie Hackett, Charles Lawrie and Frank Pennick (Old Links); Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock (Glashedy Links)
Ballyliffin is home to two championship links courses which both weave through a maze of impressive sand dunes at the very top of Ireland, with sprawling panoramic views of the famous Donegal landscape and coastline. It’s a beautifully wild and rugged landscape on which to play golf, and both the Old links and the more recently designed Glashedy links are widely praised as the finest links complex anywhere in Ireland. In fact, the Glashedy links has been awarded the absolute privilege of hosting the 2018 Irish Open.
The two courses differ in their characteristics and the golfing challenges they pose, with the Glashedy links bending through more towering sand dunes, while the Old links possesses the challenge of naturally, extremely undulating fairways and less wildly but still puzzling undulating greens. However, both courses share the privilege of being located in such a beautiful location and the fact that they are both unquestionably top quality links courses. When Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock saw this landscape they said that it was probably the finest piece of golfing terrain they had ever seen.
*Images courtesy of Ballyliffin Golf Club