County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, Colt Championship Links Key Information
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|The County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, County Sligo, Ireland, F91 Y974
|00353 719 177 134
|€230 - €250
|Contact the club for bookings
|143 (Men), 136 (Women)
|1894 (Original nine), 1927 (Colt redesign)
|George Combe, Harry Colt
Golf Monthly Verdict
This is a spectacular links with superb views. Extremely natural with some stunning views to take in. Benulben Mountain is reminiscent of Cape Town’s Table Mountain, then you have the sweeping bay and glorious beaches. It’s not surprising this landscape was an inspiration for the great writer W.B Yeats. A round here is a real experience and the quality of the layout matches the stunning surroundings.
REASONS TO PLAY COUNTY SLIGO GOLF CLUB COLT CHAMPIONSHIP LINKS
– Excellent example of the great man's design style, upgraded and evolved over the decades to meet the requirements of the modern game.
– Stunning setting with incredible views
– Natural and rugged feeling golf but with high quality playing surfaces
UK & Ireland Top 100 Golf Courses 2023/24 - 86
Founded in 1894, County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point is one of the oldest links in Ireland. Harry Colt was principally responsible for the design of the championship course and It’s a great example of his design prowess, with some tremendous holes. Martin Hawtree has advised the club on more recent improvements to the layout as has Pat Ruddy.
In recent times, the club has invested in creating a new green complex at the 15th and a realignment of the bunkering around the 3rd green.
There’s a distinct feeling of being encircled by the sea at County Sligo, though the flat-topped mountain of Benbulben forms an intriguing backdrop to many holes.
You climb away from the clubhouse before suddenly being presented with a magnificent panorama of virtually the entire course, which is one of the best golf courses in Ireland. It all seems deceptively open and forgiving from this aerial perspective.
The short 4th is a perfect example of a par 3 that simply doesn’t need bunkers, played as it is to a green that slopes away from you and has a run-off area short and right.
From the elevated tee at the next, you see some of the treats in store, but the most magical area is still hidden from view, over the dunes at the far end of the course.
Throughout the round, the views of the Ox Mountains and the golfing test are outstanding. When you reach the distant loop of holes around the turn, you feel as though you are in a different world.
The short 13th by the beach is another lovely short hole, and the penultimate hole might just be the best on the course – a very demanding dogleg left up to a green tucked away in the dunes.
County Sligo’s most famous golfer was Ceil Ewing. He was six times a Walker Cup player and winner of the West of Ireland on 10 occasions. He was captain at County Sligo in 1950 and again in 1961.
What The Top 100 Panel Said
Sligo is a course that is growing in my mind as a really top-class course to play. Sligo have outdone themselves recently condition wise. When I visited it was the best I’ve ever seen the place. The fairways were like carpets and the greens were true.
Sligo is a fun and demanding course to play. There are tough holes like the 7th and the 17th which will stick in the mind long after you leave. There are fun holes like the 5th and 12th and a really strong stretch of holes from 13 – 18, which will really test you coming in.
Classic links turf, rough, bunkers and greens. That is, it is a course that holds up in good condition all year round. Heavily bunkered with good sand in consistent and good condition. Fabulous views in all directions including Mount Benbulben. Pat Ruddy’s fingerprints clearly appear in cranking up the challenge including adding length on several holes.
County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, Colt Championship Links Location
County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, Colt Championship Links Green Fees
|18 holes Sun - Fri peak season (2nd Mar - 15 Nov)
|18 holes Sat peak season (2nd Mar - 15 Nov)
For more visitor information, see the club website
County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, Colt Championship Links Scorecard
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Do not be fooled by the innocuous, Old Course-esque opening drive! Having signalled right for your approach to the first green, you then enter some of the finest and most attractive and dramatic dunes anywhere in the Top 100. This Eddie Hackett design is simply one of the most entertaining and varied links in the country.
With five three-shotters and a par of 73, it stretches to more than 7,400 yards from the championship tees but is a far more manageable proposition for golfers of all abilities from the variety of forward tees. A lovely course in a glorious setting that deserves to be better known.
For more great courses in the area, check out our guide to the best golf courses in Ireland.
Best Places to Stay Near County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, Colt Championship Links
The Glasshouse, Sligo - Book now at Booking.com
With stunning design and spacious rooms, The Glasshouse is set on The Garravogue River in Sligo’s centre. The award-winning Kitchen restaurant serves full Irish breakfasts, an extensive lunch menu, and a creative evening á la carte menu. The Manhattan-style View Bar boasts fantastic river views, floor-to-ceiling windows, and luxurious decor.
Radisson BLU Hotel and Spa, Sligo - Book now at Booking.com
Just a short drive from the Golf Club, this is a comfortable and well-appointed hotel with a swimming pool and a fitness club. The Brasserie serves a super buffet breakfast each day, including homemade pastries, fresh fruit, and Irish bread. The modern evening menu is served against views of Sligo Bay.
County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, Colt Championship Links Gallery
County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, Colt Championship Links Historical Top 100 Ranking UK&I
- 2023/24 - 86
- 2021/22 - 90
- 2019/20 - 89
- 2017/18 - 87
- 2015/16 - 93
Frequently Asked Questions
Does County Sligo host the West of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship?
County Sligo is host to the first big amateur competition of the season, where no lesser figures than four times Major winner Rory McIlroy and three times Major winner Padraig Harrington cut their teeth as young up-and-coming players.
Harrington won his first senior title in 1994 at Rosses Point, while McIlroy was the youngest ever winner of the West in 2005 at the tender age of 15 and he made it a double by holding onto the title the following year.
What else is there to do in Rosses Point?
The village has a long tradition of seafaring from fishing to merchant navy and leisure. There are two islands within the environs: the smaller Oyster Island and the larger Coney Island. It has been claimed that the more famous New York Coney Island gets its name from the Rosses Point one. There's yachting and fishing and a couple of great pubs to visit.
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