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Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Things to Do in Donegal - GOLF


Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh

Golf is almost a religion with many in Donegal and the county's courses have become a huge attraction for golf fanatics from all over the world. There are many top rate courses with the two golf courses at Ballyliffin named in the top 30 of the top 100 courses in the whole of Ireland and the UK.

A couple of years ago, very early one beautiful misty morning, we were up at the top of the ancient ringfort of Grianan Ailigh just outside Letterkenny, taking pictures. There we met an American man, like us taking pictures and enjoying the views. We got chatting, as you do when there is just a few lonesome souls gathered on a misty morning. He told us he was regularly in Donegal on business and said that to round off the few days he was next heading to Ballyliffin Golf Club telling us it was the best in Ireland and one he always looked forward to getting back to. High praise indeed!

Along with enjoying the fine courses in Donegal, players can also enjoy the fabulous views from most, if not all of the courses. That and the clean, pollution free fresh air.

Here are a list of the courses, after which I have added their proximity to Daisy Cottage:

Ballyliffin Golf Club
Ballyliffin, Inishowen. Tel: +353-(0)74-9376119
The Old Links - 18 hole - 6600 yards
Designer: Updated by Nick Faldo
The Glashedy Links - 18 hole - 7217 yards
Designers: Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock
Par: 72
http://www.ballyliffingolfclub.com
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 74 miles/120 km

Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club
The Glebe, Stranorlar. Tel: +353-(0)74-9131093
18 hole - 5922 yards - Par: 68
Designer: P. C. Carr
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 29 miles/46 km

Buncrana Golf Club
Buncrana. Tel: +353-(0)74-9362279
9 hole - 4250 m - Par: 62
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 62 miles/100 km

Bundoran Golf Club
Bundoran. Tel: +353-(0)71-9841302
18 hole - 5688 m - Par: 70
Designer: H. Vardon
http://www.bundorangolfclub.com/
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 30 miles/48 km

Cloughaneely Golf Club
Ballyconnell, Falcaragh. Tel: +353-(0)74-9165416
9 hole - 6088 yards - Par: 70
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 50 miles/80 km

Cruit Island Golf Club
Kincasslagh. Tel: +353-(0)749543296
9 hole - 5141m/5619 yards - Par: 68
http://www.cruitislandgolfclub.com/
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 44 miles/71 km

Donegal Golf Club
Murvagh, Laghey. Tel: +353-(0)74-9734054
18 hole - 7271 yards - Par: 73
Designer: Eddie Hackett
http://www.donegalgolfclub.ie/
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 19 miles/30 km

Dunfanaghy Golf Club
Kill, Dunfanaghy. Tel: +353-(0)74-9136335
18 hole - 5350 m - Par: 68
Designer: Harry Vardon
http://www.dunfanaghygolfclub.com/
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 62 miles/100 km

Greencastle Golf Club
Greencastle. Tel: +353-(0)74-9381013
18 hole - 5211 m - Par: 70
Designer: Eddie Hackett
http://www.greencastlegolfclub.com/
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 77 miles/124 km

Gweedore Golf Club
Maghergallon, Derrybeg. Tel: +353-(0)74-9531140
9 hole - 6201 yards - Par: 71
http://www.gweedoregolfclub.com/
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 45 miles/72 km

Letterkenny Golf Club
Barnhill, Letterkenny. Tel: +353-(0)74-9121150
18 hole - 6239 yards - Par: 71
Designer: Eddie Hackett
http://www.letterkennygolfclub.com/
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 41 miles/66 km

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club
Narin, Portnoo. Tel: +353-(0)74-9545107
18 hole - 6854 yards - Par: 73
Designer: Eddie Conaughton
http://www.narinportnoogolfclub.ie/

North West Golf Club
Lisfannon, Fahan. Tel: +353-(0)74-9361027
18 holes - 6239 yards - Par: 70
Designer: Thompson Davy
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 59 miles/95 km

Otway Golf Club
Saltpans, Rathmullan. Tel: +353-(0)74-9158319
9 holes - 4234 yards - Par: 64
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 54 miles/87 km

Portsalon Golf Club
Portsalon, Fanad. Tel: +353-(0)74-9159459
18 holes - 6185 m - Par: 72
Designer: Pat Ruddy
http://www.portsalongolfclub.ie/
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 62 miles/100 km

Redcastle Golf Club
Redcastle, Moville. Tel: +353(0)749385555
9 hole - 6046 yards - Par: 35
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 69 miles/111 km

Rosapenna Golf Club
Rosapenna, Downings. Tel: +353-(0)74-9155301
The Old Tom Morris - 18 holes - Par: 70
The Sand Hills - 18 holes - Par: 71
www.rosapenna.ie/golf.php
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 68 miles/110 km

St. Patrick's Courses Golf Club
Carrigart. Tel: +353-(0)74-9155114
Magheramagorgan Course - 18 hole - Par: 72
Designer: Eddie Hackett
Tra Mor Course - 18 hole - Par: 71
Designer: Joanne O'Haire
Tel: +353-(0)74-9155114
http://www.stpatricksgolflinks.com/
Distance from Daisy Cottage: 63 miles/101 km

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