Rosapenna Golf Club, founded in 1893 is situated 25 miles north of Letterkenny Town in northern Donegal. It consists of 2 courses, the Rosapenna Old & Sandy Hills. Rosapenna Old Course takes advantage of natural terrain to provide a classic links golf challenge. The golf course runs between the ocean and the dunes in what is known locally as “The Valley”.
Sandy Hills is in many ways the ideal of modern links. Intended for the serious golfer, its narrow fairways appear tough to hit from the tee, but the landing areas sculpted from the dunes are deceptively wide. Measuring a hefty 7,255 yards from the tips, Sandy Hills was designed with championship play in mind.
The Rosapenna Golf Resort acquired the St Patrick’s Links in late 2012, a former 36-hole facility developed by the Walsh Family of Carrigart. The Maheramagorgan Links designed by Irish architect Eddie Hackett and the Trá Mór Links designed by PGA Professional Joanne O’Haire, both opened for play in the mid-1990’s. The St Patrick’s Links is routed in the adjoining dune system just south of the existing two courses at Rosapenna. Originally encompassing 36 holes, Tom has fashioned 18 unrecognisable and unforgettable holes over the same tract of land. The routing takes golfers on a journey through huge dunes, to high above Sheephaven Bay, along the coast, then back over some more gentle dunes… and that’s just the front nine! The St Patrick’s Links is due to open for visitor play from Saturday, June 26th 2021.
On Site: Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort
Radisson Blu Letterkenny
- FOUNDED 1893
- DESIGNED Tom Morris, James Braid, Harry Vardon
- TYPE Links
- PAR 70
- LENGTH 6,476 yards
- HOLES 18
Local Sights & Attractions
In December 1811, the HMS Frigate Saldanha (British Naval Ship) sought shelter from a storm, heading towards Fanad as it frantically fought the raging wind and waves. Sadly, reaching shore safely never happened, and the ship was wrecked off the northern coast with the only survivor being the ship’s parrot. Soon after, the Fanad Head Lighthouse was built to help guide ships and sailors safely on their journeys. It’s still there today, standing on a rocky outcrop blinking out to sea and is now being developed into a visitors’ centre.
Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) Cliffs
One of the North Coast’s most iconic attractions and Europe’s highest marine cliffs, Sliabh Liag allows visitors to explore countryside that verges on the Atlantic Ocean. Witness outstanding scenic views of imposing mountains, picturesque Islands and beautiful bays along some of the most dramatic landscape in Europe.