Once I requested an Irish tour firm to rearrange lodging and tee-times for a number of hyperlinks programs, beginning in Northern Eire, it prompt I add one other membership to my listing.
I hadn’t heard of Ballyliffin within the North of Donegal however I used to be delighted to move north from Derry to play its two championship programs.
Whereas a number of golf golf equipment have two programs, it’s uncommon that a membership has two of championship customary. This overview of Ballyliffin Golf Membership seems to be at each due to their apparent high quality.
It’s tough to think about that they aren’t as previous as all the opposite hyperlinks classics in Eire as a result of the pure terrain is right for this type of golf.
Right here it goes, the entire information to Ballyliffin Golf Membership.
About Ballyliffin Golf Membership
Ballyliffin is the northernmost hyperlinks on the Atlantic Coast of West Eire. It was topic to a couple bids for personal possession when golf’s reputation was at its top but it surely stays a members’ membership that’s gaining increasingly recognition.
Ballyliffin Golf Membership is comparatively new for hyperlinks programs. Beginning in 1947 the Membership in what’s little greater than a big village has hosted European Tour occasions in addition to necessary girls and beginner occasions on its two programs over the past twenty years.
Ballyliffin Golf Membership opened the Outdated Hyperlinks course as 18 holes in 1973 with the Glashedy Hyperlinks added in 1995, designed by the well-known Irish golf architects Pat Ruddy and Tony Craddock.
I performed them each on the identical day when it was calm however can think about how winds can have an effect on taking part in at different instances.
The Glashedy Hyperlinks definitely offered an actual problem within the 2018 DDF Irish Open with the Outdated Hyperlinks internet hosting the Irish Ladies’s three years earlier.
The Greens and Fairways
One in every of Ballyliffin’s defenses is the quick operating fairways the place the golf ball can come to relaxation nicely away from the place it landed. Sand-based and due to this fact well-draining, the course stays in good situation all 12 months spherical and the greens play nicely aside from on the uncommon events when frosts linger.
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Good luck with announcing the Gaelic names of the holes, particularly on the Glashedy Course! A minor drawback, in fact.
Gap 1 Creig a’Bhainne (Stroke Index 10) 374 yards Par four is straight with each fairway bunkers and two left of the inexperienced.
Gap 2 Creig na Caillighe (SI 2) 463 yards Par four wants a very good drive to achieve the green and is equally protected however with added size; it definitely deserves Stroke Index 2.
Gap three Ligean (SI eight) 426 yards Par four is the third Par four in the beginning and most golfers will nonetheless want a protracted iron or fairway wooden to achieve the inexperienced if they’ve hit a very good shot off the tee.
Gap four Glas Eide (SI 18) 594 Par 5 presents the prospect to play driver, fairway wooden or rescue membership to get there’s regulation with Stroke Index 18 an indication that almost all can do it so long as they negotiate the slender fairway.
Gap 5 Clochan Beag (SI 16) 172 yards Par three challenges you to keep away from the three bunkers down the best of the inexperienced.
Gap 6 Doras Mor (SI 14 ) 406 yards Par four has four bunkers across the inexperienced ready to catch your lengthy iron method.
Gap 7 Loch na nDeor (SI 12) 174 yards Par three has 4 bunkers defending the inexperienced to choose the best line and membership primarily based upon your capability.
Gap eight Scaithan (SI 6) 424 yards Par four has a protracted carry to achieve the green however in the event you handle it you might be nicely on the way in which to a par.
Gap 9 Barr na Gaoithe (SI four) 456 yards Par four is straight with loads of sand down the best as you method the inexperienced.
Gap 10 Stuca Bui (SI 17) 394 yards Par four is a dogleg proper with minimal sand however contours to assemble your ball.
Gap 11 Carraig a’Bracaigh (SI 7) 436 yards Par four continues on with sand the nearer you get to the inexperienced.
Gap 12 Odhran (SI three) 444 yards Par four has the size that continues to check golfers with rescue golf equipment, fairway woods or lengthy irons.
Gap 13 Bun a’Chnoic (SI 11) 571 yards Par 5 calls for three sturdy pictures to achieve the inexperienced in regulation.
Gap 14 Camus (SI 15) 200 yards Par three presents one other likelihood so that you can decide your wooden, rescue or lengthy iron all of which you may need had out of your bag by now.
Gap 15 Tobar Mhuiris (SI 1) 451 yards Par four maintains the stress which continues to the top of the spherical.
Gap 16 Creig na Si (SI 5) 436 yards Par four requires you to assemble your self for a number of extra lengthy pictures earlier than you end.
Gap 17 Pairc na mBo (SI 9) 565 yards Par 5 is the shortest of Galshedy’s Par 5s however nonetheless has the size to trigger you issues if you’re not correct.
Gap 18 Gort na Momna (SI 13) 452 yards Par four is one more lengthy Par four earlier than you’ll be able to get pleasure from a Guinness.
7486 yards Par 72; Gold tees 6777 yards; White tees 6364 yards; Girls tees 5660 yards
Gap 1 The Mounds (SI 10) 397 yards Par four is an attention-grabbing opener and never too demanding as you start your spherical.
Gap 2 Highway to the Isle (SI 2) 428 yards Par four is longer and is called after the route that it heads.
Gap three Glashedy (SI 6) 383 yards Par four is the third Par four in the beginning and a very good drive and no less than mid-iron is required to get par.
Gap four Lagan (SI 14) 558 yards Par 5 is the shortest of the three Par 5s and by now you should have had loads of follow of your lengthy sport.
Gap 5 The Tank (SI 16) 179 yards Par three is the primary and shortest of the four Par 3s and membership choice relies upon upon the wind route.
Gap 6 Aughrim (SI eight) 376 yards Par four takes you again to the motive force and a protracted iron or possibly 7 wooden.
Gap 7 Ardagh (SI 18) 185 yards Par three is one other Par three needing an analogous membership to the fifth.
Gap eight O’Kane’s (SI 12) 382 yards Par four needs to be simple to membership after earlier holes.
Gap 9 The Tochar (SI four) 403 yards Par four finishes the entrance 9 and desires that little bit extra size.
Gap 10 The Castles (SI 17) 341 yards Par four is a mild opener to the again 9 earlier than the stress builds once more.
Gap 11 Cruachan (SI 9) 392 yards Par four poses an analogous query to that you’ve confronted already.
Gap 12 The Dell (SI 13) 217 yards Par three is a protracted Par three so you may be hoping you aren’t hitting into the wind.
Gap 13 Banba’s Crown (SI 5) 454 yards Par four exams your vitality and the way nicely you’re hitting your lengthy pictures.
Gap 14 Bulbin (SI three) 565 yards Par 5 is the second of the Par 5s so your intention should be to maintain your ball in play to achieve the inexperienced in regulation.
Gap 15 Ardascanian (SI 1) 480 yards Par four is the longest of the Par 4s and an actual check for even the very best of golfers.
Gap 16 The Valley (SI 7) 439 yards Par four could also be a aid after the 15th however it’s nonetheless lengthy.
Gap 17 The Hump (SI 11) 172 yards Par three is simple to membership in the event you keep in mind the 3s of an analogous size on the entrance 9, relying on the wind in fact.
Gap 18 Callaghans Straid (SI 15) 586 yards Par 5 is lengthy however you’ll quickly be within the 19th.
6937 yards Par 71; White tees 6450 yards; Yellow tees 6257 yards Par 70; Girls tees 5414 yards.
Code Of Conduct at Ballyliffin Golf Membership
Guests to Ballyliffin Golf Membership are anticipated to observe regular course etiquette together with repairing divots and pitch marks in addition to avoiding sluggish play.
Good informal clothes is predicted each on the programs and within the clubhouse. Shorts should be tailor-made, shirts with collars are necessary and athletic shirts usually are not permitted.
Steel spikes usually are not allowed on both course.
Full restaurant service is accessible within the Hyperlinks Restaurant within the clubhouse that was inbuilt 2000. My Ballyliffin Golf Membership overview should embody point out of the nice and cozy welcome I acquired.
Inexperienced Charges and Leases
Glashedy Hyperlinks – €200
The Outdated Hyperlinks – €180
2 Rounds in the identical day- €320
Native Fee for ILGU members:
Glashedy Hyperlink – €80
The Outdated Hyperlinks – €80
Unusual Trollies – €5
Buggies – €40
Membership Rent – €40
Caddies can be found and needs to be booked prematurely: €50 plus tip whereas fore-caddies are €70 per group.
To ebook a tee-time, ship an e-mail, or name: +353 74 937 6119. Discover Ballyliffin Golf Membership on the map, right here.
Take pleasure in a Spherical at Ballyliffin Golf Membership
Solely single handicap golfers ought to try the again tees however the white programs that I performed nonetheless produced an actual problem and an incredible expertise. Golfing at Ballyliffin Golf Membership is really useful.
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