Rosepenna Hotel & Golfresort – Ireland’s Home of Golf
With two fantastic links courses and another 9-hole-course and a total of 45 holes, extensive practice facilities including a 9-hole-pitch-and-putt course the resort is spread out over 324 hectars in Downings, Co Donegal. Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort is the largest golf complex in Ireland - and with an opening date of 1893 also the oldest on the island. In the future Rosapenna will even grow bigger.
But there is no need to postpone a golfing trip to this enchanting coast line. Since in the original layout by Old Tom Morris the back nine was inland and separated from the coastal part by a street Pat Ruddy designed nine new links holes running along the spectacular coast. These new nines called Strand Nine offer great views over Mulroy Bay and are now played as the front nine. The original Tom Morris designed Valley nine now form the back nine. Together they offer the best of classic and modern links golf design measuring approx. 7000 yards or 6409 meters. The original back nine of the Tom Morris Links now play as separate course called the Coastguard Nine.
Pat Ruddy also designed the Sandy Hills Links. This course opened in 2003 and is ranked among the Top 100 courses on the British Isles constantly rising in the rankings. With a total length of 7300 yards or 6675 meters from the back tees it even challenges tour professionals.
Both courses start and end at the Golf Pavillion which serves as a clubhouse with locker rooms, pro shop, a bar and a restaurant offering great views over Sheephaven Bay. The grass driving range also boasts covered hitting bays.
More great links courses can be found in the region such as Portsalon, Narin & Portnoon and Ballyliffin as well as Portstewart, Castlerock and Royal Portrush (all in Northern Ireland) are within easy reach for a daytrip.
Rosapenna also offers tee times bookings for other golf coures - another reason to choose Rosapenna as your base to explore the great links of Irelands north-west coast.