County Sligo Golf Club, Rosses Point, County Sligo
Founded 1894. Links Course
County Sligo Golf Club or Rosses Point as it is also known, is one of the finest championship links in Ireland’s northwest. Annual home to the West of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship and located just outside Sligo town, Rosses Point was founded in 1894 and redesigned in 1927 by renowned architect of the time, Harry Colt. Many believe that County Sligo offers the best 18 holes in the country and the links is laid out in a spectacular location, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, with the imposing Benbulben Mountain dominating the view on the northern skyline. The course is an integral part of golf in this area and is the ideal inclusion en-route from Northern Ireland to the northwest and the likes of Carne and Enniscrone.
Often the path less travelled in terms of golf, this region has much to offer. Galway is a vibrant city with many excellent restaurants, shops and pubs and it’s a great place to spend a few days. Moving west towards Connemara, you will encounter some of the most ruggedly beautiful scenery in Ireland and you should include a visit to Connemara National Park near Letterfrack. Other recommendations include Kylemore Abbey, the Renvyle Peninsula, Aran Islands and the Quiet Man Museum in Cong.
Travelling north from Connemara, Westport is another lively town where you should take some time to visit Westport House, while the more energetic might enjoy a hike up Croagh Patrick, known as Ireland’s Holy Mountain. Another interesting stop is the Ceide Fields Visitor Centre near Ballycastle, while the Slieve League Cliffs and Glenveagh National Park should not be missed when in Donegal.