County Sligo Golf Club

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Affectionately known as Rosses Point due to its location, akin to Doonbeg and Trump Ireland, County Sligo Golf Club is a jewel on the west coast of the Republic of Ireland.

The club is situated on Rosses Point and offers incredible views of Sligo Bay and the Benbulben Mountain. The course is a championship links course which uses its surroundings to its advantage, with those views and the dunescape that the course winds its way through being the perfect combination.

Originally laid out in 1894, the course was completely redesigned by Harry Colt into the course that is still there today. Only two of the original holes remain from the Willie Campbell course.

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A Brief History of County Sligo Golf Club

County Sligo Golf Club was founded in 1894, with an original six-hole lay-out being designed by Mr. H. Campbell Perry & Co. Two years later, the course was extended to nine holes by George Combe, with Captain Willie Campbell then designing the first 18-hole lay-out at County Sligo in the 1900s.

Built only five years later, in 1912, the new clubhouse, which has been meticulously maintained over the years, still proudly stands as a testament to the club's enduring heritage.
In 1927, the legendary Harry Colt arrived in County Sligo and began working on the course. He created an almost-brand new links course, using just two of the holes from the Campbell design, which are now the 12th and 13th holes.

In 2014, Pat Ruddy, a respected figure in the world of golf course architecture, took on the task of enhancing the Championship Course. These modifications included extending holes and adding bunkers to make it into the test it is today.

The club has been a host to several major golf championships, including the West of Ireland Championship, which is played each Easter at County Sligo. Both Men's and Women's Home Internationals have also been played at the club.

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Harry Colt's design is one of the best in the country, and thanks to the extensions, the course now measures out at more than 7,150 yards. As a Par 71, it is an extremely tough test from the back tees. Only three of the par-4s are less than 400 yards from the tips, and they are the 1st, 2nd and the 18th.

It is a gentle opening hole to ease you into the round, with just a couple of bunkers by the green. However, don't go long or its a lost ball on the first! At only 320 yards, you might think the 2nd hole is an easy birdie, but the hole plays severely uphill, making it feel closer to 375. 

The opening par-5 is the 3rd hole, which measures close to 600 yards from the tips. It plays downhill from the tee, with a dog-leg left and a drop in the fairway at around 315 yards. The 4th is the first par-3, and despite having no bunkers, there is still plenty to watch out for. 5 is a solid par-5 at 540 yards, before the next three par-4s are all over 430 yards. The last of those, the 8th, is more than 480 yards from the back tees, making it the longest par-4 on the course. There is also a burn in front of the green, just for that extra problem. 

The closing hole on the front nine also the shortest hole on the course at 167 yards. 10 and 11 are strong par-4s, with both at more than 460 yards, before the par-5 12th hole takes you out to the coastline. From there, 13 through to 16 all play with the coast down their right side. 

The 13th is one of the signature holes at County Sligo. A downhill par-3 to a green surrounded by five bunkers and a burn on the back right, club selection is vital. The long par-4s keep coming at you on the back nine, with 14, 15 and 17 all measuring comfortably more than 400 yards.

The 16th is the final par-3 on the golf course, and it's a good one! 'Knocknarea' measures 210 yards from the tips and anything right will see you reaching into your bag for another golf ball. Don' be distracted by the sea on your right. The closing hole features the only blind tee shot on the course, with the longer hitters able to aim further right. Three bunkers are greenside, with the clubhouse looking on.

Where is County Sligo Golf Club located?

County Sligo Golf Club is located in Rosses Point, Ireland, on the North-West Coast. The nearest train station to the club is the Sligo Train Station, also known as Sligo Mac Diarmada Railway Station, located in Sligo Town, which is a short drive away. From there, you can take a taxi or use local transportation to reach Rosses Point and the golf club.

The town of Sligo is just a short drive away and offers a range of shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions. You can explore Yeats' Society, dedicated to the poet W.B. Yeats, who had strong ties to the region. Sligo Abbey, a historic abbey dating back to the 13th century, is an interesting site for history enthusiasts.

What are the County Sligo golf green fees?

Currently, all available green fees at County Sligo are the same price, €240/£205 for 18 holes and €40/£34 for 9 holes. You can easily sort the green fees by time or price on their booking website.

Is County Sligo Golf Club private?

County Sligo Golf Club proudly ranks among the top UK golf courses as a private members' club. Nevertheless, its doors remain open year-round, extending a warm invitation to visitors seeking to experience its remarkable fairways and scenic beauty. Whether you're a member or a guest, the club promises a golfing experience to remember.

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