Beautiful Ballyliffin in the North of Ireland
Panoramic views of lush countryside, coastline and ocean dominate a round of golf at Ballyliffin Golf Club in the County of Donegal on the Inishowen Peninsula. Ballyliffin is a quintessential Irish golf experience with two championship golf courses, superb playing conditions and a friendly staff.
Set against towering natural dunes, the Glashedy is noted for its enormous bunkers expansive greens with roller coaster undulations and it’s collection of challenging par four holes. Opened in 1995, it was designed by Pat Ruddy (owner of the European Club) and Tom Craddock. It gets its name from the Glashedy Rock, which is sort of Ballyliffin’s answer to Turnberry’s Ailsa Craig.
Renovated by Nick Faldo in 2006, this classic links layout originally debuted soon after World War II. It skirts the shoreline overlooking the golden sands of the Polian Strand. The rolling fairways rarely give you a flat stance and the smaller bunkers are difficult to see off the tee, but it has some thoroughly fun-to-play holes. One of the more memorable is the par three 5th, which requires a 190-yard shot to an elevated green framed by dunes.
If you have a few moments after your round, take a stroll through the clubhouse, which has a tribute to the Ryder Cup with a display and photos. On the second floor of the 25,000 square-foot clubhouse is the Links Restaurant and Bar offering fantastic golf and ocean views. You’ll enjoy a practice round at Ballyliffin if you join Premier Golf for its 7th Annual International Pro-Am in 2016 from May 8th to May 14th. In addition to playing Ballyliffin, participants will also tee up at Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Portstewart, Ardglass. You’ll stay at the Slieve Donard Resort
& Spa and Bushmills Inn. Amenities include dinner parties, breakfasts and tournament gifts to name a few.