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County Sligo Golf Club

ROSSES POINT, COUNTY SLIGO, IRELAND

HOLE #8, 451 YDS, PAR 4 — #4 HANDICAP                                           Photo courtesy County Sligo Golf Club

Rosses Point is rated #11 on Golf Digest Ireland's List of Top 100 Irish Courses.

COUNTY SLIGO Golf Club — usually called "Rosses Point" — occupies the western end of the Rosses Point Peninsula that extends into the Atlantic Ocean 5 miles northwest of Sligo town in northwestern Ireland. Dramatic mountains, including the table-top landmark ridge Benbulben and the fabled Knocknarea (above), dominate the horizons northeast and south of the course.

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ounty Sligo Golf Club— better
known locally as Rosses Point — monopolizes prime links land on a small peninsula just northwest of Sligo town in

northwestern Ireland. The Irish poet W. B. Yeats (and his brother Jack Yeats, the painter) knew the territory well, not as golfers, but as children who climbed the cliffs and swam along the beaches that mark the edges of the course. Later in life both men memorialized their childhood memories of Rosses Point in their work. For golfers, Rosses Point is an undeniable work of art on its own — one of the grand and venerable true links courses that dot the watery edges of Ireland.

 

 

County Sligo's 532-yard, par-5 12th "Light
House" hole at the outer end of the Rosses
Point peninsula. The table-top mountain in
the background is the landmark Benbulben.

Photo courtesy County Sligo Golf Club

 

 


 

CO. SLIGO (ROSSES POINT) Golf Club

 

LOCATION:
County Sligo Golf Club
Rosses Point, County Sligo, Ireland
Tel: (+353) (0) 71 917 7186
Fax: (+353) (0) 71 917 7460
e-mail: info@countysligogolfclub.ie
WEBSITE

Visitors Welcome:
• Advance tee times required.
• Handicap certificates required.
• Courses Open & Playable Year Round.

LENGTH & PAR: 18 Holes, Par 71/76
• Blue Championship Tees: 6,234m, 6,818 yards, Par 71, SSS 72
• White Tees: 5,893m, 6,445 yards, Par 71, SSS 70
• Green Tees: 5,715m, 6,250 yards, Par 73, SSS 69
• Red Ladies' Tees: 5,325m, 5,824 yards, Par 76, SSS 74

GREENS FEES April through October:
•
18-Hole Championship Course (daily):
€125/18-holes.
• 9-Hole Bomore Course (daily): €25/9-holes; €40/18-holes.
   
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FACILITIES:

• Golf Cart (Buggy): €35/round; Reserve in advance through Pro Shop.

• Pull Cart (Trolley): €3. Rent at the Pro Shop.

• Club Rental: €25/basic set; €40/top quality set. Reserve in advance through the Pro Shop.

• Caddies available on request (June-July-August): €35/senior caddy; €25/junior caddy. Request through the Pro Shop in advance.

• 6-Bay Covered Driving Range.

• 9-Hole Practice Putting Green.

• 9-Hole Practice Pitching Green.

• Practice Areas: Short Game, Long Game, & Bunkers.

• Golf Pro Shop.

• Restaurant & 2 Bars.

• Visitors' Lockers, showers, towels.

BOOKING OF TEE TIMES (required in advance):
Tel: (+353) (0) 71 917 7134
E-mail: info@countysligogolfclub.ie
AUTOMATED WEBSITE BOOKING PAGE

DEPOSIT & FINAL PAYMENT: Credit Card information necessary to hold booking.
Non-Refundable Deposit of 25% of total greens fee will be charged to your
credit card at time of booking. Final Payment: the balance of total greens fee
will be charged to your credit card 21 days prior to your date of play.

CANCELLATIONS & NO-SHOWS: Cancellations of existing bookings outside of
1-week prior to play are assessed penalties of: 1. the 25% deposit, and 2. 50%
of the final payment made at the 21-day advance mark. Cancellations within
1-week of play suffer a 100% green fee penalty charge. No-shows (without
notice of cancellation) are penalized 100% of greens fees.

Let HOME AT FIRST make your tee-time reservations at County Sligo Golf Club
as part of your next trip to Ireland. There is no service fee for this service

DIRECTIONS: County Sligo (Rosses Point) Golf Club is on the Rosses Point
Peninsula about 6 miles and 15 minutes north of Sligo town via the R291 Rosses
Point Rd.

NEAREST HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS: In Northwestern Ireland just north of the Rosses Point Peninsula and west of the village of Carney approximately 10 minutes north of the course. Also in County Donegal about 60 minutes north of the course.

OTHER REGIONAL COURSES OF NOTE:

• Bundoran: quality, historic Harry Vardon links 20 miles north of Rosses Point
on Rt. 15 in Bundoran, County Donegal.

• Donegal (Murvagh): Long, scenic, and, especially when windy, difficult links 5
miles south of Donegal town on the Murvagh Peninsula in County Donegal 45
minutes north of Rosses Point. An Eddie Hackett masterpiece rated #20 on Golf
Digest Ireland
's "2015 Top 100 Irish Golf Courses".

• Enniscrone: County Sligo, brilliant, relatively unknown links facing the wild ocean on the western end of County Sligo, about 60 minutes west of Sligo town. Rated #15 on Golf Digest Ireland's "2015 Top 100 Irish Golf Courses". Another Eddie Hackett minimalist design from the early 1970’s. Bless him.


 

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ISTORY: Northwest Ireland (Counties Sligo & Donegal) golf courses live in the shadow of much better known regions elsewhere around the perimeter of the island: western

Ireland (Counties Kerry & Clare, with Ballybunion and Lahinch, Northern Ireland (Antrim coast with Royal Portrush and Portstewart), and Dublin area (Portmarnock and Royal Dublin).

         But the several top links courses of Northwestern Ireland needn’t suffer from any inferiority complex — they offer some of Ireland’s most challenging and ruggedly handsome courses

 

Rosses Point, painted by Jack Yeats.
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at greens fees well under those of the best courses
elsewhere.

 

          The flagship course of the northwest of Ireland is

 

 

Portrait of poet W. B. Yeats
by his brother, Jack Yeats.
Both knew and loved Rosses
 Point. W. B. is buried in
nearby Drumcliff churchyard, between the golf course and
 Benbulben mountain.

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County Sligo Golf Club, better known by its location-specific nickname, Rosses Point. Jutting into Drumcliffe Bay at the end of a small peninsula just 4 miles north of Sligo town, Rosses Point has been offering classic links golf since 1894, almost as long as any course in Ireland. In fact, its original 9-hole course layout was a design of George Combe, the founding secretary of the Golfing Union of Ireland.
          Legendary course architect Harry Colt (he of England’s Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s and Wentworth, Scotland’s Eden Course at St. Andrews, and two great American courses, Burning Tree and Pine Valley) redesigned Rosses Point in 1927. Some playing legends have come to County Sligo, too, including Walter Hagen, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, and Darren Clarke. TV golf commentator Peter Alliss calls Rosses Point "a tremendous test for the highest quality player and great fun for the modest competitor and one which stands at the very top of great Irish Golf Courses." No wonder County Sligo Golf Club has hosted the important West of Ireland Amateur Championship since 1923, a tournament that has

 

introduced the world to developing Irish talent such as

Padraig Harrington, who won at Rosses Point in 1994, and Rory McIlroy, who won in 2005 and 2006.


 

THE COURSE & SOME NOTABLE HOLES

COUNTY SLIGO GOLF CLUB CLUBHOUSE AND 1st FAIRWAY, PAR 4, 394 YDS, #8 HANDICAP
Photo courtesy County Sligo Golf Club.

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osses Point is set among vast sand dunes on the cliffs overlooking three large beaches on Drumcliffe Bay, an arm of Sligo Bay. Neither bay offers much moderation of weather coming in from the Atlantic, so the course,

though short, can play long because of the nearly constant wind. A classic out-and-back links, Rosses Point extends along the sea cliffs with fairways that may be the most undulating in Ireland. As counterpoint to the course’s dramatic coastline setting, table-topped Benbulben Mountain, principal landmark of this part of Ireland, overshadows County Sligo Golf Club. Fittingly, great Irish poet W. B. Yeats — who lived just a few minutes away from the course and whose uncle Henry Middleton leased the property on Rosses Point to the club at its founding in 1894 — found the grand view from the elevated 3rd tee at Rosses Point to be one of the scenic treasures of his beloved County Sligo.
        If the 3rd hole is the prettiest (at least according to Yates), it is not the most challenging. Four of the most difficult holes include:

#7 – 'Ewing's Profile'

COUNTY SLIGO 7th HOLE PAR 4, 430 YDS, #1 HANDICAP

 

 Toughest hole on the course: long with a cross-cutting creek
10 yards short of the green that requires careful shot making.
Photo courtesy County Sligo Golf Club


#11 – 'Lissadell'

COUNTY SLIGO 11th HOLE: PAR 4, 403 YDS, #3 HANDICAP

 

           Long par 4 requiring a long second shot down the left side. This photo is from the 11th green looking north across the 10th tee. Across this arm of Drumcliffe Bay Lissadell manor house is visible in the upper right corner of this photo. Lissadell, built in early Victorian times by titled gentry, was well know to William Butler Yeats, who sometimes vacationed there. Today, the house and estate is the subject of a complex ownership dispute.

Photo courtesy County Sligo Golf Club


#14 – 'Mahon's Burn'

COUNTY SLIGO 14th HOLE PAR 4, 431 YDS, #5 HANDICAP

 

           Tom Watson's favorite hole at Rosses Point features a grand view from the blue tees to the clubhouse. Another long par-4, this one requiring that right-handers draw the drive and fade a long second shot to the green.

Photo courtesy County Sligo Golf Club


#17 – 'The Gallery'

COUNTY SLIGO 17th HOLE PAR 4, 462 YDS, #2 HANDICAP

 

The signature hole of the course is a long par-4 with a dogleg left. A very steep slope at the
 front of the green requires a second shot that is both long and accurate in order to make par here.

Photo courtesy County Sligo Golf Club


 

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HE REGION: There’s plenty of golf and lots

more to do in Northwestern Ireland. There are excellent golf courses nearby at

Enniscrone, Bundoran, Donegal (Murvagh), and others. Within reach are such popular destinations as Connemara, Belleek Pottery, Galway, and Donegal.

           Fishing, touring, and shopping for Irish crafts are excellent in this region. Walkers will enjoy walking in great scenery along the dramatic coastline and climbing up numerous high mountains in the area.

 

 

The short (324-yard), scenic (Benbulben
mountain), par-4, 2nd hole at Rosses Point
Photo courtesy County Sligo Golf Club

   

TRAVELING TO NORTHWESTERN IRELAND TO PLAY GOLF?
Let
HOME AT FIRST make your advance tee-times at Donegal Golf Club and many other Irish golf courses as part of your pre-reserved Irish trip itinerary. HOME AT FIRST offers independent, flexible, fly/drive travel to Ireland and other great golfing destinations in the British Isles. There’s no extra charge for this service.

MORE RESOURCES:
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• Home At First's
IRELAND travel program.

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