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Ballyliffin Golf Club

Co. Donegal, Ireland

Ballyliffin Golf Club contains two of The Republic of Ireland’s best championship layouts – Glashedy Links and The Old Links. Ireland’s most northerly course in beautiful Ballyliffin, its location on The Wild Atlantic Way at Tullagh Point truly is a sight to behold.

In 1993, Sir Nick Faldo visited and fell in love with Ballyliffin Golf Course, later leaving his mark by covering some of the bunkers and adding tees. Faldo also helped establish the course as a venue for future championships – including the 2018 Irish Open – and it’s now a prominent and popular feature of our North West Ireland Golf Tour.

Course Details

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Host of the 2018 Irish Open
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3x Links Courses: Old Course, Glashedy & Pollan
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Ideal Location for a North West Ireland Golf Tour
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Opened in 1947
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Designers include Eddie Hackett, Pat Ruddy, Tom Craddock and Nick Faldo
The Mountains surrounding Ballyliffin

Glashedy Links

Referred to often as ‘The Ballybunion of The North” or “The Dornoch of Ireland,” heady praise indeed for two relatively young championship links.

The Old Links started life as a basically nondescript 9-hole course in 1947 on leased fairly flat farmland. In 1973 it was expanded to 18 holes by Eddie Hackett with input from the firm of Lawrie and Pennick.

The Club, as many in Ireland, went through its share of financial difficulties However in 1992 it was decided that there needed to be an additional 18-hole championship course, taking the playing pressure off The Old Links.

Pat Ruddy had already done some work on The Old Links and was brought back in to do further renovations and improvements to The Old Links. With the addition of 400 acres of wild linksland punctuated by towering dunes, his focus soon shifted to designing the new Glashedy Links course.

Opening in 1995, the resulting Glashedy Links is a brute of a championship links. Stretching over 7,200 yards with nine par 4s over 400 yards, that play every bit of it in the constant winds. Making scoring even more of a challenge is that the green complexes are all large, undulating, and heavily protected by bunkers.

The 7th tee of the signature 175-yard par 3 at 120 feet above sea level is the highest point of the course, with magnificent views of its namesake, Glashedy Rock.

Ruddy was also rewarded with the design of the new Pollan Links short course that opened in 2020 and is a great addition to any day at Ballyliffin. The 14-acre site takes full advantage of the natural terrain with holes varying from 90 to 146 yards. It is a great emergency nine but also a perfect place to practice the finesse shots required around the greens of links courses, and escapes from the deep and revetted bunkers.

Whether as an addition to a Northern Ireland golf trip or the highlight of a North West Ireland golf itinerary, make plans to spend a day or better yet, two days at the Ballyliffin Golf Club.


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Ballyliffin Golf Course FAQs

Determining the better course at Ballyliffin is subjective, as Glashedy Links and Old Links have their own merits. Glashedy Links offers a modern, challenging layout with expansive greens and rolling fairways, while Old Links showcases the classic charm and follows the natural contours of the dunes and coastline.

Both courses are highly regarded and among the best in Ireland. To truly experience Ballyliffin’s golfing excellence, we recommend playing both courses for a contrasting and unforgettable golfing adventure.

To book a tee time at Ballyliffin Golf Club, you can conveniently arrange it through Premier Golf as part of a Southwest Ireland golf package.

The green fees at Ballyliffin vary depending on the season and day of the week. The rates for 2023 in the high season (April to October) are €220 per round on either course and €430 per round on both courses. In the low season (November to March), it costs €60 to play a round on either course and €120 per round on both courses.

You can also get discounts for groups of 12 or more players, special offers for winter golf, and twilight rates after 3 pm.

Ballyliffin Golf Course features two stunning 18-hole links courses: Glashedy Links and Old Links. Glashedy Links, a challenging par 72 course, offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The signature holes include the ravine-crossing par 4 2nd hole and the beachside par 5 4th hole.

Old Links, also a par 72 course, follows the natural contours of the dunes and coastline, showcasing holes like the blind tee shot on the par 4 7th hole.

Glashedy Links range from 5,558 yards from the reds to 7,542 off the blacks. The Old links range from 5,443 off the reds to 6,937 off the blues.

Yes, there are driving ranges on the course. The official website says the driving range and practice area are open daily from 8 am to 8 pm.