Like this golf course? Add it to your own vacation

Sandy Hills, Rosapenna

Add to Vacation
Our suggested vacation
  • 18 holes, par 71, 7155 yards. Links.

    Little more than 10 years old, the course created by Pat Ruddy in the most remote of wilderness of Co. Donegal is surely a contender for the title of best new course of the last 25 years.

    Sandy Hills wouldn’t be his only entry, either, with the remarkable European Club near Dublin another candidate. Throw in the likes of Castle Stuart, Kingsbarns, Machrihanish Dunes, Renaissance and Trump International into the mix and it’s clear that we’re in something of a golden age of links course design in the Britain and Ireland.

    Ruddy’s marvel in the dunes is a remarkable piece of work, playing through the sandy mountains above the original Rosapenna course (also recently reworked by Ruddy). The landscape is out of this world, with holes clambering over, around and even through the giant dunes. The course might be new, but the land is ancient, and it feels like the holes have been merely uncovered, so natural is Ruddy’s design.

    The SI 16th hole is one of the world’s most glorious holes, with the approach to a green framed by dunes, the beach, the water and the distant mountains being a classic Kodak moment. It’s not the only one either… this course is a visual treat that takes you on a magical tour through one of the world’s finest golfscapes. Ranked among the UK’s Top 20, Sandy Hills is simply a masterpiece and well worth the effort of getting there.


    • Clubhouse
    • Putting Green
    • Golf Shop
    • Changing Facilities
    • Bar
    • Practice Area
  • Attire in Golf Clubhouses

    Rosapenna requires guests to dress in typical golfing attire at all times with a smart casual dress code and no jeans.

    Caddies and Carts

    Caddies at Rosapenna Golf Course must be requested no later than 48 hours before a round. There are 20 golf carts for hire so it is advised to request these in advance, whereas trolleys and electric trolleys can be hired on the day of play; the club also offers hire sets if needed upon request.

    Practice Facilities

    Rosapenna features a short game area specifically designed to mirror the challenges golfers face on the course. The club includes two putting greens and a pitching green, all floodlit so you can play after sunset.

  • There are no reviews in your language.

Useful Information

Sandy Hills, Rosapenna, Rosapenna Golf Club, Downings, Donegal, Ireland