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. Rosapenna (Sandy Hills) was quite long, although not unreasonably so and we played off the whites. The difficulty lay with the thickness of the deep rough, which was often just off the fairway, so perhaps in the wind the higher handicap golfers may really struggle. It was in pretty good condition, although some of the tees were a bit ropey. The atmosphere at the course was great, the owner was rushing around all day trying to help us, and the staff in the clubhouse were very friendly. The facilities in the clubhouse were excellent. Sandy Hills was quiet throughout the day, although it looked as though the Old Course gets very full as all of the members seem to play on that course.
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Situated at the meeting point of the bays of Sheephaven and Mulroy, the Rosapenna Hotel exudes tranquility and luxury, and is the perfect antedote to a tough day on the splendid adjoining links. Rosapenna is home to two outstanding links courses, the Old Tom Morris and Sandy Hills layouts.
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Old Tom Morris Course
The legendary Old Tom Morris laid out the original links that bears his name in 1891. On his first visit to the area, Morris was struck by the quality of the ‘golfing canvas', and before he returned home he staked out the guidelines for his superb creation. In the following decades, both Harry Vardon and James Braid provided amendments, to make the golf course the outstanding challenge that it is today.
With some 15 Open Championship titles between the three contributors, it should come as no surprise that the Old Tom Morris course is one of the finest in the north-west region. The greens are undoubtedly the highlight of the course, with Morris deeming the existing land so good that he only built 3 of the greens; all fifteen of the others are exactly as the land dictated.
Sandy Hills Course
The addition of the Sandy Hills course in 2003 has only added to Rosapenna's reputation. While Morris' course skirts the fantastic dunes, Pat Ruddy has crafted a monstrous tournament links that cuts through the sandhills of the incredible landscape, that so captivated Old Tom over a century ago.
Ruddy's masterpiece measures over 7,100 when stretched fully, but in line with modern design principles, a multitude of tees make it playable for golfers of all standards. With these two outstanding creations on an awe-inspiring stretch of turf, a golf break at Rosapenna is a truly magnificent experience.
Intensive golf clinics are available, with expert tuition from the resident PGA professional.
There is a fine array of rooms from which to choose, from the more than adequate standard, to the opulent senior suite, many of which boast staggering views across Sheephaven Bay.
In addition to the comfortable accommodation, the dining and leisure facilities ensure that visitors remain well-cared for.
Guests at Rosapenna can enjoy the indoor pool, whirlpool, steam room, or have a massage while the more adventurous may be interested in tennis, snooker, pony trekking, fishing and supervised diving.
The proximity of the fishing village of Downings ensures that the speciality seafood at Rosapenna is as fresh as it comes.
- Driving Range
- Beauty Salon
- Steam Room
- Indoor Swimming Pool
- Private Dining
- Conference Facilities
Rosapenna - cracking track, tight and testing in the wind, greens in great nick. Regards,
We played the more demanding course, the Sandy Hills course on the Thursday and we were literally blown away by it. Every hole was challenging and different and it featured a fine collection of short holes that really stood out from par 3s on most other courses.We found The Old Tom Morris links to be a little bit easier, but still a lovely course. It is clear the great man used the natural lay of the land rather than building something artificial.The hotel was also excellent and its ‘standard’ rooms were better than many other hotel rooms I have stayed in.All in all, I would thoroughly recommend this venue.
The service provided from YGT was fantastic and I would have no hesitation in recommending YGT. Small touches such as receiving ‘texts’ wishing us to enjoy our round and asking how we found our rounds straight after our golf was excellent.
Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Links is a fabulous setting and provides two fantastic golf courses which we all thoroughly enjoyed. The different tee options ensured the course could be enjoyed be all standards of golfers. The clubhouse, hotel and golf staff were fantastic providing a very warm and friendly welcome. Nothing was ever was too much trouble.
A pint was 4 euro in both the hotel and clubhouse which we found to be very reasonable in comparison to other hotels/clubhouses in Ireland. The hotel and golf deal which we received was great value for money - £99 for 1 night and 2 rounds of golf. My overall verdict would be 9 out of 10 and we will definitely return next spring if a similar deal is offered.
The efficiency of YGT’s service and speed of response was brilliant. I will definitely use YGT again and have already recommended YGT to friends.
We thoroughly enjoyed our recent golf break to Donegal.
The Rosapenna Hotel is very pleasant to stay in. It has an old world feel to it, with plenty of space to relax. Furnishings are very good, and the standard of cooking if not excellent, certainly was better than the vast majority of hotels I have stayed in. My room was spacious, and the staff were all very helpful, it was a pleasure to stay there.
The golf courses, were as expected, better than us.
Portsalon is a hidden gem. It is a classic links with tough challenges, and not too many blind shots.
Sandy Hills is an absolute brute; the compulsive masochist will adore it. It offers far more challenge than most golfers can handle.
The Tom Morris course, while not in the same league as the other two, was great for our last round, as it soothed the massacred egos from the previous days. This is not to denigrate it as a challenge because it is a very enjoyable course.
I would also like to praise the efforts of Your Golf Travel on my behalf when work commitments altered the original dates on two occasions. They sorted the issues very quickly without us incurring any financial penalty. An excellent service, thank you very much and very much appreciated. I look forward to our next trip which we shall certainly ask YGT to organise again.