The Ballyliffin Golf Club boasts two of the finest links courses (36 holes).
The Old Links has been redesigned by Nick Faldo and is among the few elite courses that always make the ‘A’ list of discerning golfers from Europe and America.
Although the country of Scotland has long been acknowledged as the birthplace of the game of golf, the Emerald Isle to its west has become a bastion of golf in its own right. The rolling terrain, magnificent ocean views, and pristine landscapes of Ireland have made it a golfing vacation destination for millions of links lover from around the globe.
One of Ireland's true golf magnets is the Ballyliffin Golf Club, located on the northwest coast of Donegal. The Ballyliffin Golf Club is home to two distinct but equally remarkable golf courses, the older of which was established as a nine hole course shortly after the end of World War II. The Old Course at Ballyliffin began as a labor of love, with its members themselves tending to its greens and mowing its fairways.
Their lack of resources, however, eventually forced the members of the Old Course to reconsider their commitment. They had leased the lands on which the course was built, and had the owners of the land not agreed to extend the lease, The Old Course at Ballyliffin might now be a housing development.
But with their newly extended lease, and an association with the Irish Christian Brotherhood which help them attract a growing membership and a stronger revenue base, he members of the Old Club at Ballyliffin were close to owning the land outright by the early 1960s. The next decades saw many more upset downs in the fortunes of the Old Club. During the 1970s it was moved to a larger tracts of land and transformed into an 18 hole course. Its future was secured in 1993 when the world's top player, Nick Faldo, dropped to the course from a helicopter to play a round.
Faldo's dramatics so impressed the British golfing public that his golfing design company was hired to make improvements to the Old Course. One of the most impressive results of his efforts is the course's fifth hole, were elevated green 190 yards off the tee is surrounded by massive sand dunes.
The popularity of the Old Course at Ballyliffin became such a demand for a second course led to the 1995 opening of neighboring Glashedy Links. The 7200-yard Glashedy Course at Ballyliffin possesses enormous bunkers vast greens with slopes to challenge the boldest of golfers. Both the Old Course and are whipped by north Atlantic winds and blessed by panoramic views of the Inishowen Coast and Pollan Bay which make even the most frustrated golfers feel blessed to play the game.
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