A breath of fresh air on the Irish North Coast

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The golfing gods have always looked down favourably on County Donegal in Ireland’s dramatic North West. Anyone who’s golfed in the region will have experienced the majestic family-owned 36-hole resort at Rosapenna.

Now there’s a new kid on the block, St. Patrick’s Links opens for business in Summer 2021.

In 2012 the owners, the Casey family, acquired lands adjoining Rosapenna’s two world-class links golf courses; the Old Tom Morris Links and the Sandy Hills Links. In 2018, world-renowned golf architect Tom Doak set out to create his first links course in Ireland, St Patricks Links.

This spectacular Casey/Doak collaboration will open for play in summer 2021 and by all accounts, it will be well worth the wait.  Doak’s masterpiece was constructed on the most magnificent links land, with breath-taking views over Sheephaven Bay complemented by dramatic dunes symptomatic of most acclaimed links courses. Mr Doak has such a strong belief in St. Patricks, he is now a joint owner of the course.

“We are incredibly excited about the new St. Patricks Links opening this summer. The opportunity to partner with legendary Tom Doak on creating this special course has been a great experience and one we look forward to sharing with golfers travelling to Rosapenna for many years to come.”

Casey Family

Donegal has become a favoured destination for golfers seeking an off-piste experience. The region, featured in our December edition, was rated by National Geographic as the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’.

With tee times at traditional ‘Trophy Courses’ likely to be incredibly scarce in 2022, take a look at what other courses Ireland’s North West coast has to offer. We expect to see a spike in interest for this glorious links golfing trail that includes Ballyliffin’s Old Links and Glashedy Links, Narin & Portnoo Links (recently spectacularly redesigned by Gil Hanse), Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh) and Portsalon.



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