Ballyliffin Golf Club has recently been described as “the Ballybunion of the North” – and its not hard to see why. Located a short distance from Malin Head on the scenic Inishowen Peninsula, Ireland’s most northerly golf links covers 365 acres of magnificent duneland and is bounded by rolling hills and mountains – the only other boundary is the Atlantic Ocean.
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Ballyliffin Golf Club has two superb 18 hole courses – the classic Old Links and the wonderful new Glashedy Links. The Glashedy Links makes the most of a genuinely spectacular location. Designed by Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock, it has been laid out on mostly higher ground above and beyond the Old Links.
The views from both courses are breath-taking. Glashedy – named after Ballyliffin’s own “Ailsa Craig – measures over 7,000 yards from the Championship tees with large undulating greens, deep bunkers and fairways that twist and roll between towering dunes. The challenge presented by the Glashedy Links is almost as formidable as it is exciting.
In June 1993 Nick Faldo visited Ballyliffin and described The Old Links as the most natural golf course he had ever seen. The Old Links is a classically old style links. It exudes charm, character and curiosity in equal measure. More than anything, it is the extraordinary terrain that makes a golf game on the Old Links such a unique experience – stand on any tee and the fairway undulates in each and every direction. The principal architect of the links was none other than Mother Nature heself.