Rosapenna Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Downings Secretary/Manager: Frank  Casey Jnr.
Co. Donegal Captain: Patrick McClafferty
  Lady Captain: Bernadette North
Telephone: 074-9155301 President: John Sweeney
Public No: 074-9155301 Vice-Captain: Catherine Boyce & Bernard O'Neill
Fax: 074-9155128    
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Club Pro: Noel Callan
Website: www.rosapennagolflinks.ie    
Founded: 1893 Designed by: Old Tom Morris & Pat Ruddy
Open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available. (16+)
Membership: 450 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: 80 Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to Dusk
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: 80 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €40/45 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: €25 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: None (phone in advance)
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: Yes    
 



Location
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Course Description
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Course Description:

Rosapenna has the distinction of being discovered by Old Tom Morris who laid out course for Earl Leitrim in 1891. Other legendry golf architects have followed with modifications and improvements, such as Harry Vardon, James Braid, the late great Eddie Hackett &Pat Ruddy. All helped create 36 finest links holes to be found anywhere. Situated on 800, acres, in this magnificent part of the country, with a 4 star family-run hotel site. Originally an old world Norwegian style stood. It burned to ground 1962. and was replaced with a modern structure with the highest standard indoor leisure facilities. Rosapenna is very popular with visitors and societies alike golfer are assured of welcome memorable game of golf in this haven of North West Donegal.

Rosapenna has added a new 18-holes "The Sandy Links" the creation of Pat Ruddy, I haven't had the pleasure of playing it but a Ruddy design will certainly bring me back, and this is one of Pats last designs. Societies are welcome and group rates available. Rosapenna's Sandy Hills was voted the No. 44-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008. Rosapenna's Sandy Hills was voted No. 24 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland.

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Open & Major Fixtures 2011
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See Event Calendar here.

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Club History
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Club History

Instituted 1895, affiliated 1898. The "Sportsman's Holiday Guide" in 1897 records, "The Rosapenna golf links were discovered quite by chance by Tom Morris of St. Andrews. A few years ago, this veteran golfer, being employed by the late Lord Leitrim to lay out a nine-hole course in the neighbourhood of the Manor House. After completing his task, was taken to Rosapenna to see the beautiful scenery to be found there. His practiced eye was at once struck by the adaptability of the ground to the requirements of the game and with his prophetic instinct he predicted before long the redcoats would be seen driving the gutta over the fine slopes. There are eighteen-holes and circuit is about three and a half miles. It has been found necessary to lay only three greens, the other fifteen being natural and remarkable for their size and quality. The turf is excellent and of a true golf nature. There is no clubhouse the first tee and home green being the hotel door."

In a letter to Lionel Hewson from the Earl of Leitrim, he states that the course had been started in 1891 by his father, with the help of Tom Morris. In 1906, Harry Vardon suggested some new holes "to compensate for the new, rubber-core ball." He was followed by James Braid with further modifications. In 1990 the late great Eddie Hackett added another eight new holes. Pat Ruddy has just completed another ten holes, giving Rosapenna a second 18-hole links. 
The first President was C. J. Stewart, the Captain was A. Manning, the Hon. Secretary was Rev. M. Vance and the patrons were the Earl of Leitrim and the Earl of Dartmouth.

Members Achievements

R. McGee was a credible joint 3rd in the Irish Boys' Close Championship at Malahide Golf Club on Friday 24th August 2007, shooting rounds of 72, 73 and 70 and 74 for a total of 289. He finished 3 shots behind the Champion Gary McGrane from The Royal Dublin Golf Club. This is very encouraging to see this magnificent Links in North Donegal producing good young players.

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Card of the Course
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Card of the Old Course (metres)
 
Hole No White Par Index Red Par Index
1 291 4 11 234 4 10
2 383 4 5 326 4 2
3 416 4 1 375 5 14
4 358 4 9 308 4 8
5 295 4 15 204 4 16
6 181 3 17 116 3 12
7 383 4 3 296 4 4
8 471 5 7 383 5 6
9 175 3 13 124 3 18
Out 2,953 35   2,366 36  
10 505 5 10 437 5 3
11 387 4 2 374 5 9
12 311 4 14 298 4 1
13 440 4 6 381 5 13
14 115 3 18 100 3 15
15 377 4 4 339 5 11
16 153 3 16 121 3 17
17 331 4 12 293 4 7
18 350 4 8 286 4 5
In 2,969 35   2,629 38  
Total 5,922 70   4,995 74  
SSS 71     72    


Card of the Sandy Hills Course (yards)
 
Hole No Blue White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
1 495 461 434 4 3 345 4 5
2 463 411 398 4 5 315 4 13
3 177 162 123 3 15 111 3 7
4 407 346 301 4 13 238 4 11
5 493 445 417 4 7 337 4 1
6 420 390 343 4 1 327 4 15
7 196 182 174 3 17 129 3 17
8 536 487 424 5 11 380 5 9
9 441 391 375 4 9 295 4 3
Out 3,628 3,275 2,989 35   2,477 35  
10 405 365 306 4 4 258 4 12
11 186 166 139 3 10 124 3 10
12 409 330 308 4 8 250 4 16
13 522 510 495 5 16 405 5 2
14 354 321 260 4 18 231 4 18
15 450 400 371 4 6 308 4 8
16 167 140 128 3 12 102 3 14
17 487 455 444 5 14 398 5 4
18 487 394 347 4 2 315 4 6
In 3,467 3,081 2,798 36   2,391 36  
Total 7,155 6,356 5,787 71   4,868 71  
SSS                

     

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Roll of Honour
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Susanna Cullen 1990 Ladies Captain
Mary Gallagher 1991 Ladies Captain
Mary Kerrane 1992 Ladies Captain
Eleanor Duffy 1993 Ladies Captain
Betty Boal 1994 Ladies Captain
Philomena Moran 1995 Ladies Captain
Madge Kelly 1996 Ladies Captain
Terri McBride 1997 Ladies Captain
Hazel Russell 1998 Ladies Captain
Moira McGee 1999 Ladies Captain
Elaine Bonner 2000 Ladies Captain
Heather McBride 2001 Ladies Captain
Agnes Lenny 2002 Ladies Captain
Marie Henry 2003 Ladies Captain
Marie Hegarty 2004 Ladies Captain
 Patricia Bogan 2005 Ladies Captain
Pauline McManus 2006 Ladies Captain
John Sweeney 1990 Men's Captain
Kevin Mooney 1991 Men's Captain
Patrick J. Boyce 1992 Men's Captain
Gavin Toye 1993 Men's Captain
Shaun Boyce 1994 Men's Captain
John J. McBride 1995 Men's Captain
Peter Quinn 1996 Men's Captain
Mick Gallagher 1997 Men's Captain
Joe McHugh 1998 Men's Captain
Tony Diver 1999 Men's Captain
Charlie McBride 2000 Men's Captain
Niall McManus 2001 Men's Captain
Martin Casey 2002 Men's Captain
Fr. Charlie Byrne 2003 Men's Captain
Charles McClafferty 2004 Men's Captain
Peter Smyth 2005 Men's Captain
Hugh McBride 2006 Men's Captain
Louis Boyce 2007 Men's Captain
Hugh McBride 1990 President
P. J. Boyce 1991 President
P. J. Boyce 1992 President
Seamus McIllwaine 1993 President
John McClafferty 1994 President
Fr. McAteer 1995 President
Denis Boyce 2004 President
Denis Boyce 2005 President
Denis Boyce 2006 President
Seamus Gallagher 2007 President
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