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Letterkenny Accommodation - Rosapenna Golf Club

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Rosapenna Golf Club  offers the chance for links golfers to compare and contrast the traditional, old-style links, created by Old Tom Morris and modified by  Braid and Vardon, with the modern Sandy Hills links started by the renowned Eddie Hackett and completed with great aplomb by Pat Ruddy.

Old Tom Morris Course- Par 71 - 6,612 Yards
When Braid and Vardon re-designed the original layout of Old Tom Morris course, it is a tribute to the latter's judgement that only 3 of the original greens were relaid. As with most good links courses, the course takes advantage of  the natural terrain to provide a classic links golf challenge, at least over the first 10 holes. These holes run between the sea and the dramatic sand dunes in what is known locally as "The Valley". The last eight holes actually play inland and uphill into high meadow that offer superb vistas over the North Donegal coastline.

Sandy Hills Links - 7,155 Yards - Par 71
This wonderful course was opened in June 2003 and is becoming one of the most famous golf courses in Ireland. Whereas Old Tom settled for a course flanking the dunes, Pat Ruddy has gone right through them from start to finish and created an breath-taking course that will test any golfer. Each hole is spectacular and the views across the Old Tom Morris course to the ocean will sooth all the wounds inflicted by this fantastic golf course.

For the professionals that will undoubtedly play here, the course measures 7,155 yards. Not that long you might think - but the par is 71. For amateurs the medal tees are sufficiently ambitious - the dunes have been so little travelled that balls straying off the fairway will almost always be just hacked back into play. From the tees, landing areas are clearly discernible and the definition provided by the dunes is outstanding. From the fairways the traditional links bump and run is seldom an option - accurate approach shots are required to large, elevated greens tucked into the dunes and protected by bunkers that can be properly called hazards. Almost every hole on  the Sandy Hills course is in a subtly different direction adding to the challenge in breezy conditions.

Rosapenna Golf Club is situated just 30 km to the north of Letterkenny.

Professional:                  Bryan Patterson
Number of Holes:            36
Type:                             Links
Course Name:                Sandy Hills / Old Tom Morris
Designer:                       Pat Ruddy / Old Tom Morris
Championship Length:    7,255 yards / 6,476 yards
Par:                              71 / 70

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