Rosapenna Old Tom Morris Golf Course

What we say

Several of the world’s best golf architects have worked on Rosapenna’s Old Tom Morris Links, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the best courses in the area.

Here is the roll call of architects to have worked on Rosapenna’s Old Tom links: Old Tom Morris (1893), James Braid and Harry Vardon (1906), Harry Colt (1911).

You don’t need any more words to encourage you to make the trip here do you? Well here is a bit more background and description anyway… 

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Old Tom was a guest of Lord Leitrim in the early 1890s at his nearby estate and while out enjoying the Donegal scenery noticed a stretch of coastline on the edge of Downings Bay that look perfect for golf. He staked out a course – incorporating wide rolling fairways amid the undulating dunes – and that became Rosapenna’s first course.

Old Tom spread the word of this links heaven in St Andrews and it became a place of pilgrimage for golfers at the turn of the century. Vardon and Braid in 1906 added length and more detailed bunkering but left the natural greens untouched. Colt made small revisions to the Old Tom five years later. 

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Then in 2009 the new Strand nine opened to replace the original back nine which played across the main road on a number of holes. These new holes – the front nine – slide between low lying dunes to the east of Rosapenna’s NO.1 course, the Sandy Hills, and fit perfectly  fashioned much like the original Old Tom Morris Valley nine that runs along the beautiful Tramore beach overlooking Sheephaven Bay which have now become the back nine.

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Laid out by Pat Ruddy the new holes have matured beautifully and sit seamlessly alongside the ancient ones. With views across Mulroy Bay, the Strand and Valley nines of the Old Tom extend to almost 7,000 yards and are enjoyed at least as much as the Sandy Hills by visitors.

They epitomise everything we all love about classic links golf.

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  • Course Summary

  • Costs -
  • TG Rating 4 out of 5
  • Players Rating Not yet rated
  • Address
    Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort, Downings, Co Donegal, , Letterkenny
  • Tel 00 353 7491 55000
  • Website

Course Information

Course 71 par
Course Style -
Green Fees -
Course Length 6,932 yards (6,339 metres)
Holes -
Difficulty -
Course Membership -

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course has: Buggy Hire
  • Course has: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course does not have: Club Hire
  • Course does not have: Handicap

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