Rosapenna is actually comprised of two breath-taking championship links courses, located in scenic County Donegal. The Old Tom Morris Links are named after the man who designed them. Old Tom Morris came over from St. Andrews to do just that in 1893. It was later modified by James Braid and Harry Vardon in 1906, adding length and more detailed bunkering. Rosapenna’s Old Tom Morris Course remains very much as it has been over the past century, a standing tribute to the superb design work of those old masters. The course is mapped out almost entirely naturally, with the mounds of long golden grass outlining your route down through the holes. If you keep finding the rough, you will have a very interesting day’s play.
The Sandy Hills Links was designed by Pat Ruddy and opened for play in June 2003. Despite being a relatively new golf course, it is becoming quite well known, and that is entirely down to the superb layout on show. In 2012, the course was ranked no.50 in Golf World’s Top 100 courses in Britain & Ireland. It also landed at no.25 in Golf Digest Ireland’s Top 100 Courses in the same year. The big upshot of the course being just over ten years old is that it was designed with modern links play in mind. The course was devised for championships play, and the fairways look narrow from the tees. This is slightly deceptive, but a solid tee shot is still a pre-requisite for success.