Ballyliffin - Facemelter, loved it. Regards,
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The Old Course is links golf at its purest, as the sandy fairways wind through the natural sand dunes. Though not long, the dramatic undulations inherent to the land make it quirky and unpredictable, but moreover they make the Old Course incredibly enjoyable.
The course flew under the radar for many years, until then world number 1 Nick Faldo dropped from a helicopter in 1993. From his very first round, England's finest was infatuated, and this is reflected by the fact that Faldo's design company was commissioned to carry out renovation work, deepening bunkers and adding tees in 2005. The highlight of a round here is the awe-inspiring 5th, where golfers take aim at an elevated target 190 yards off, encapsulated by the towering sand dunes.
Glashedy Links Course
Ballyliffin's rise to prominence has been reinforced by the construction of the marvellous Glashedy Links, opened in 1995. Named after the Glashedy Rock, the local equivalent of Turnberry's Ailsa Craig, and formulated by the acclaimed Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock, the Glashedy is a brutal proposition at 7,200, and seems certain to play host to major tournament golf. Unlike its more traditional sister, there are huge greens here, whose severe slopes make scoring well on a blustery day devilishly difficult.
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- Championship Standard Course
Firstly a big thank you for organising our trip to Ireland, it was a lot of fun, all of the guys had a great time, and pass on their thanks. Ballyliffin (Glashedy) was for most people their favourite course, I myself preferred Sandy Hills as I found it a little bit more imaginative on the eye, one or two preferred the 'old style' links nature of Portsalon. The 7th is quirky but a great fun hole offering tremendous views. The course condition was I think as good as I have seen for a while, similar level as Gullane or Western Gailes. It was again pretty long, as set up as a Championship course, and there were an enormous amount of bunkers at both driving area and by the greens. Again a very friendly atmosphere at the club, and the restaurant was very helpful in getting us all through lunch.