Situated on the exquisite shores of Sheephaven Bay, Co Donegal, Dunfanaghy Golf Club provides a challenge for all levels of golfers.
The 18-hole golf course is one of only two hundred worldwide true links courses and the historical course is a must play for any golfer whether living locally or coming to visit the area. At 5,100 metres it is easily walked but is a superb challenge set amongst the spectacular views of the Derryveagh Mountains, Muckish Mountain, Horn Head and Dunfanaghy Bay.
The course itself dates back to 1905 when it was originally laid out by six-time British Open winner and 1900 US Open winner, Mr Harry Vardon and the links course has been kept faithful to the original design.
Dunfanaghy Golf Course is unique in the fact that it is the only true links golf course Harry Vardon designed and it is also ranked amongst the first courses he devised.
Situated 20 miles west of Letterkenny on the N56, along the beautiful north-west coast of Ireland and offers year-round golfing. The changeable weather conditions of north Donegal makes playing the course a rewarding challenge. Open Atlantic winds can come sweeping in from the north. High gusting westerlies can swoop down from the beautiful Muckish Mountain. Play your first nine-holes in stiff broadsiding rain and play your last nine in glorious sunshine. If you are up for a challenge this 18-hole course can bring you a lot of happiness and it is playable throughout the year due to the acclimate conditions of the surrounding Sheephaven Bay. The greens are consistently rated among the best in Ireland and the course is sand-based and free-draining, making it playable all year round.
Playing this course is like playing a part of untouched history as you walk along the fairways. You can feel the presence of famous golfers like legendary 2014 Ryder Cup winning Captain, Paul McGinley, who as a young man learned his trade around this course and who knows, you might even bump into the man himself enjoying a few rounds.
Ryder Cup Team Europe 2014
Photography by Martin Fleming Photography.