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Golf in Donegal

When Sir Nick Faldo made his first visit to Ballyliffin in North Donegal to play golf in the mid 90’s, it seemed to many that our secret was out. For years Donegal natives and a small number of adventurous golf tourists knew that our little county boasted some of the best links golf in the world. When the six time major winner publicly admitted his love for the Old Course at Ballyliffin, many thought that the quiet fairways on our championship courses would be a thing of the past.

In the 20 years since, the standard of golf course in Donegal has soared. Ballyliffin saw its second championship course ‘the Glashedy Links’ open in 2002. Nick Faldo himself also put his stamp on the Old Course at Ballyliffin with improvements made in 2006.

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Portsalon which is only a short drive from Rathmullan House saw major investment and improvement from 2000 and is now ranked in the top 25 courses in Ireland by Golf Digest.

Rosapenna now boasts two championship courses with the Sandy Hills links opening in 2003 which complements the Old Tom Morris course beautifully.

Letterkenny Golf Club is the closest parkland course to Rathmullan House and has also enjoyed major investment and redevelopment over the past 10 years. The much improved design of the course offers excellent playing conditions 12 months of the year.

Other courses within reach of Rathmullan House include Otway, Dunfanaghy and North West Golf Club in Buncrana which is easily accessible in summer months when the Swilly Ferry is running.