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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 71
Length 6937 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Course Details

Year Built 1947
Architect Eddie Hackett (1973) Nick Faldo (2006) Frank Pennink (1973)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - EUR 40
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Delta, Mastercard
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Smart dress essential

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

4.1
5 Reviews (5)
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Reviews 100
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
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A beautiful facility

Overall, this facility is just terrific. It's easy to see why it hosted the Irish Open. The clubhouse, the range, the setting....all are great.

We played the newer Glashedy course, which was the one they played for the Irish Open. It was well maintained and had some dramatic holes. Some of the par 4s got a little monotonous and felt like some of them played and looked similar to each other. (360 yards, bunkers left and right off the tee and bunkers left and right of the green.)

But the staff was tremendous and greeted us with a personalized bottle of Irish whiskey. You just can't beat that.

Would love to be able to get back sometime soon and play the Old course there, which I'm told is just a good - perhaps better - than the other.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Make time for a 36-hole day

We knew we were in for a treat when everyone from the head pro to the course superintendent welcomed us with open arms – and, yes, a bottle of Irish whiskey! If there’s only one regret about playing here, it’s that we didn’t have time for 36 holes; in fact, the other course, the Old, might be even better. We found this layout to be eminently playable and fun, but from our tees there was a lack of variety: several holes in the 360- to 380-yard range, with bunkers at the 230-yard mark and a green protected by a trio of bunkers. I was able to navigate the course with help from a yardage book, but others weren’t so fortunate. I’d love to come back and play all 36. It’s quite a piece of property.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 373
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
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Glashedy Links is beautiful, playable and fun

There are two courses at Ballyliffin, and both of them are stunning, including the newer of the two, Glashedy Links. There is so much to like about this course, which is slated to host the 2018 Irish Open: It's in superb condition, it's interesting, it's very playable and the views from the high points of the course are terrific. My favorite might be on the par 3 fifth hole, which plays down to a green guarded by four pot bunkers. Best of all, you can see Pollan Bay in the background, including Glashedy Rock Island. Two holes later, there's another dramatic par 3, but this one is entirely different as it plays down around 150 feet to a green flanked by a pond. Although I didn't get to play the other 18 holes at Ballyliffin, the Old Course, it seems like Ballyliffin has a great one-two punch, well worth the drive to the northern most part of Ireland.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Walked

What a surpise

Our group played the Old Links course as our second of the day and last of our trip. Honestly we were expecting a tired and ordinary tract to finish our trip playing it as a scramble. Were we surprised. Unlike the Glashedy course this has moguls running down every fairway which push balls in every direction.

The greens were in excellent shape and large for what we had come to expect from this old links courses. The whole complex is situated in an ocean of grasses and moss. I didn't see a tree or even a bush anywhere near play.

Getting to Ballyliffin is a hike but well worthwhile. Plan to play both courses. You wont be disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Walked

A perfect compliment to the Old Course

A stunning sister course to the Old Course at Ballyliffin is the (newish) Glashedy Links. Appropriately named as the view of Glashedy Rock Island rarely leaves your sight, the Glashedy course has much more drama than the Old Course, but is an equally-easy walk. The Par-3's (there are only three of them) are standouts, with each a dramatic downhill approaches to well-guarded greens. The course winds its way through sweeping dunes with idyllic green sites. Glashedy and the Old Course are a perfect pairing (and for only 150 Euros to play both, it seems like a no-brainer!)

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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