Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Links - Sandy Hills Links

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4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.7
96.1%
Recommend this course
6 out of 7 reviews
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Holes 18
Par 70
Length 7255
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Type Public/Resort
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Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort - Sandy Hills Links
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 7255 yards
White 71 6356 yards
Yellow 71 5787 yards
Red (W) 71 4868 yards
Scorecard for Sandy Hills
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 74.9/131 501 463 188 438 493 420 196 536 441 3676 405 186 409 522 354 468 189 487 487 3507 7183
White M: 70.7/121 482 411 162 346 445 390 182 487 391 3296 365 166 330 510 321 400 167 455 394 3108 6404
Yellow M: 69.2/117 454 398 123 301 417 343 174 455 375 3040 306 139 308 495 260 371 128 444 347 2798 5838
Red W: 65.9/107 345 315 111 238 337 327 129 380 295 2477 258 124 250 405 231 308 102 398 315 2391 4868
Handicap 13 3 17 11 5 1 15 9 7 6 12 10 8 18 2 14 16 4
Par 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 4 36 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 5 13 7 11 1 15 17 9 3 12 10 16 2 18 8 14 4 6

Course Details

Year Built 2003
Golf Season Year round
Architect Pat Ruddy (2003) Beau Welling (2013)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - EUR 35
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Mastercard, Delta, American Express, Laser
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Smart casual at all times

Reviews

4.4
7

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Handicap 0-4
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Rosepenna Sandy Hills

Loved the course! Guys in the Pro Shop were extremely helpful! Great experience!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Sandy Hills Links is one fun ride

I don't know that this was my favorite course during a terrific week of golf in Northern Ireland and the north coast of Ireland, but it was certainly a great way to end the trip. The course plays through the massive dunes next to Sheephaven Bay, which makes for one fun rollercoaster ride. Best of all, with generous fairways and decent sized greens, the course is very playable, though it's pretty easy to get distracted by the views. This is a course where if you miss a shot by a couple yards, it's possible to recover in most cases. On one hole, I actually missed a fairway by 40 yards, luckily managed to find my ball in a reasonable lie and still made par. That won't always be the case here on wayward shots, but at least it's possible. The 36-hole resort also has a large clubhouse with a really well-stocked golf shop as well as a bar and restaurant upstairs leading out to a large patio that overlooks the other course. All-in-all, if you can make it to the area, this is a can't miss experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sandy hills experience

The more words that are written i feel it wont do justice. Fabulous experience as always. Course magnificient and i hope to play it many many more times. Overall brilliant deal with golf now and i hope to use it again mantmy tines.

Jarlath

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Stunning golf through the dunes

Four club players thoroughly enjoyed. It is quite a challenge maybe not for the wild hitters but a great course ingorgeoys scenery.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Ontario Advisor
First Time Playing
Average weather

A taste of America right in Ireland; WTF?

A full out North American-styled resort with its hotel attached, Rosapenna stood out among all the courses I visited, and not in a good way. Once you make your way to the “Golf Pavillion” – which sounds like part of a Disney resort – you can wander into the golf shop where a disinterested staff member will take your money and send you on your way. Every other course seemed genuinely happy to see me and found me a game. Rosapenna’s golf staff told me “the course is empty, no other players, sorry.” Even the food in the expansive lounge seemed devoid of character. The place had no soul; that made it feel less like I was playing in Ireland and more like a tired resort. Golf pavilion experience aside, the course was good. The Sandy Hills Links is the newer 18 hole course alongside a Tom Morris 1893 design. It weaves its way through the dunes – definitely a resort course with wider, more forgiving fairways and fewer blind shots than most courses. The conditioning was fine, but the sand in the bunkers seemed odd, like it wasn’t native to a damp links course. Rosapenna recently purchased the St Patrick’s links directly adjacent to the resort. It’s been closed a few years now, but will be added to their collection giving them a total of 63 holes on the property.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

Improved playability, fun factor elevate Sandy Hills Links

The past two times I've visited Sandy Hills Links I played in unforgiving conditions on an unforgiving links. Even without the rain and wind, I still would have shot a million on such a narrow, intimidating course designed by Pat Ruddy. Changes over the past five years have really improved the course for all handicaps. Bunkers have been removed, and greens have been reshaped. The thick grasses lining the fairways have been trimmed back. The white tees of the 354-yard 14th hole were pushed up to 267 yards the day I played it, creating an opportunity to reach the green with one swing. All those little things add up to a more playable, enjoyable round on one of Ireland's most feared links. Sandy Hills will always deliver its share of scary moments, like the severe drop-off to the right of the 17th green and the blind tee shots at no. 5 and 6. The setting on Sheephaven Bay makes the long drive to find Rosapenna worthwhile, even to those who still get beat up by such a beautiful brute.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

The best course I've ever played

Two days earlier we played Royal Portrush and that was a great course with no two holes being even rermotely the same or going in the same diection. We arrived at Rosapenna two hours late for our tee time due to not being familiar with the Irish raods. I thought we had missed our chance to play one of the courses I was looking forward to playing the most. But the gentleman in the pro shop gave us a key and sent us out, telling us to leave the cart behind the pro shop because he had to close up soon. The man turned out to be Frank Casey Jr. who is the owner of the resort. I'm so glad he let usplay because this course is a roller coater ride from start to finish. Wide fairways, thick, thick rough, elevation changes, blind shots. This course has it all. From the tee the fairways look intimidatingly narrow but once you get into the fairway you see that it's actually very geneerous. But keep it in the fairway because the marrin grass will not allow you to find your ball. This course is NOT a pushover but is an exillirating ride from start to finish. If made to make a choice between Royal Portrush and the Sandy Hills course at Rosapenna, I'll take the latter.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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