When you think of the Wild Atlantic Way, you probably think of rolling green hills, untamed coastlines and cosy, welcoming villages, right? Well, if you’re an avid golfer, venture to the realm of the north west, and uncover a golfer’s dream…
Across Sligo, Donegal and Mayo, you’ll find some of the best golf on the island of Ireland – with plenty of tee times, reasonable green fees, and visually stunning courses – this is the last great undiscovered golf haven, and it’s waiting for you…
Perched on the stunning, picturesque Sheephaven Bay, Rosapenna is the perfect combination of history and innovation.It boasts three links, a classic in the Old Tom Morris Links; a modern great in the Sandy Hill Links; and the latest attraction, an acclaimed, Tom Doak designed marvel, the St Patrick’s Links, which opened in 2021.
The Sandy Hills course is a firm favourite of golfers, with its lunar landscape of towering sandy dunes providing a hearty challenge. And the St Patrick’s Links have taken the golf world by storm, exploding into Golf Magazine’s top 100 as the highest new entry in 2021-22!
And if you’re interested in trying everything else Rosapenna has to offer, take your ease in the palatial 4-star hotel for food and relaxation in between rounds. Why not stay for a few days and tackle all three links if you fancy the challenge?
Sometimes, when you want a relaxing day of golf, simplicity is best. Take Narin and Portnoo – nestled in the south west corner of Donegal, this quirky and distinctive 18 hole course showcases both stunning vistas and glorious Atlantic Ocean. Picture it: teeing up that key shot, with no sound but the sea breeze whistling in your ears.
Founded in 1930, the course has changed many times over the years, but a recent course redesign by renowned golf architect Gil Hanse has brought the challenges and visuals to a whole new level – transforming the beautiful but little known links into something truly special.
Narin and Portnoo is the perfect marriage of natural beauty, quirky course design, and challenging layout that any golfer worth their salt will want to try…
With the moody Ox Mountains and picturesque beaches as your backdrop, the ‘Dunes’ is a vista that will linger long in the memory. The open space structure of the course means there will likely be some challenging winds so do come prepared.
And Ryder Cup legend Paul McGinley agrees, saying: “it deserves to take its place in the very upper echelon of great courses in Ireland.” And he’d know something about elite golf courses.
The best of the north west
Plot your journey through some of Ireland's finest courses...
Carne Golf Links
Carne Golf Links, in Bellmullett, County Mayo, has been described as nature’s gift to golf. Considered one of the world’s top golf courses, largely designed by Eddie Hackett, it is a natural 27-hole links course surrounded by dramatic towering sand dunes, with stunning views.
County Sligo Golf Club
County Sligo Golf Club is located at Rosses Point, County Sligo. The course boasts one of the most scenic locations in Ireland perched on cliffs that tower over three expansive beaches overlooking the Atlantic. The panoramic mountain and ocean views are spectacular.