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Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort

Co. Donegal, Ireland

Old Tom Morris got around in his day, and in 1891 he was the guest of Lord Leitrim on the north coast of Ireland. He was taking a drive and admiring the pristine linksland when he came upon what he viewed as the perfect site for a new course at Rosapenna. In 1893 the course and accommodations opened making Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort the world’s first dedicated golf resort.

The design which today bears his name – Old Tom Morris Links – was in its day regarded as the third best course in the British Isles. Only surpassed by the Old Course at St Andrews and Royal County Down in nearby Northern Ireland. In 2009, a new Strand Nine was built that replaced the original back nine. Today the Strand Nine combines with the Old Tom Morris Valley Nine to form the championship links that stretches a modern 7,000 yards from the back tees.

Just as Rosapenna Golf led the way in the late 1800s, it is destined to be at the forefront of the links golf world again. With the lifting of Covid travel restrictions, avid golfers are discovering Tom Doak’s latest masterpiece – St Patrick’s Links at Rosapenna. Opened in 2021, it has immediately rocketed into the World’s Top 100 Courses.

The Casey Family that has owned Rosapenna since the 1980s acquired the former St Patrick’s in 2012. Doak did a brilliant job in totally transforming the land into an entirely new 18-hole layout. Weaving through high dunes, featuring naturalized bunkers, all overlooking the sparkling Sheephaven Bay.

According to Ran Morrissett, Co-Founder of Golf Atlas and GOLF Magazine’s Architectural Editor, “Throw in knowledgeable owners and first-rate green keeping practices and you have a course with no flaws.” Making it a perfect addition to any Ireland golf trip.

Course Details

Top 100 Golf Course in UK & Ireland
3x Links Courses: Old Tom Morris, Sandy Hills & St Patrick’s
Ideal Location for a North West Ireland Golf Tour
Opened in 1893
Designers include Old Tom Morris, Pat Ruddy & Tom Doak
The Patrick's Links at Rosapena, Ireland

Sandy Hills Links

The third championship links at Rosapenna Golf is Sandy Hills Links. Designed by Ireland’s own Pat Ruddy and Rosapenna’s Frank Casey Snr in 2003 and updated by Beau Welling in 2013. Where Old Tom Morris built his championship links next to the dunes, Ruddy took a much bolder line straight through them. With deceptively intimidating looking narrow fairways from the tees that actually have generous landing areas, Sandy Hills is still not for the faint of heart. 

Like St. Patrick’s there are no weak holes, The layout plays a stout 7,255 yards from the tips. Characterized by multiple elevated tees and greens offering marvelous views of the landscape’s features; Muckish Mountain, Murky Bay, Lough Salt Mountains and Carrigant.

If you need an emergency nine there is the “Coast Guard Holes,” made up from the old back nine of the Old Links and is now a separate nine-hole course.
If you are looking for an authentic links experience with traditional Irish ‘craic’ look no further than a North West Ireland golf trip.


Enniscrone Golf Club on the shores of the Nothern sea

Take a North West Ireland Golf Tour

North West Ireland is a hidden gem of a golfing destination. In comparison to better know tours of Northern Ireland or the South West, unearth some of the finest links on the emerald Isle.

7 nights accommodation and 5 rounds of golf

Prices starting from $4,750

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