Portsalson, in comparison with many of the great names of Irish links golf, is not exactly a household name. However, this contributes to the allure of this hidden gem, which is perched on the dramatic coastline of County Donegal.
The Portsalon beach of Lough Swilly is the setting for this extraordinary golf course, whose history dates back to 1891. The most amazing thing about Portsalon is the incredible value for money that it represents; while names like Old Head, Portmarnock and Ballybunion will hit the pocket pretty hard, this enchanting links can be yours for a very reasonable cost.
Portsalon's charms are exposed at an early stage - after a relatively nondescript opening hole, the course comes alive with one of the greatest holes in Ireland. The second tee shot is played from an elevated tee across the beach, with splendid views of the lough, before golfers tackle the approach shot across a river to the green.
This demanding and beautiful hole is typical of the incredible character of Ireland's best kept golfing secret. Set against the backdrop of stunning County Donegal, this hidden gem is highly recommended as part of a golf tour in north-west Ireland.
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