Rosapenna Golf Club
Rosapenna has a long illustrious golfing history which dates back to 1891 when Lord Leitrim brought Old Tom Morris of St Andrews to Rosapenna to design the first links which opened for play in 1893. A timber structured hotel was also built soon after which accommodated golfers from all over Europe making Rosapenna the oldest golf resort in the country. In 1906 professional golfers Harry Vardon & James Braid both travelled to play at Rosapenna and they made some alterations to the course, adding length and more detailed bunkering. The three golfers have 16 Major Championship titles between them, Old Tom Morris (4 British Open titles), James Braid (5 British Open titles) & Harry Vardon (6 British Open titles & 1 US Open title). The back nine of the original layout crossed the main road on a number of occasions and on September 1st 2009 the Strand Nine opened as the new front nine to link in with the original holes 2-10 (Valley Nine) which are now played as the back nine of the Old Tom Morris Links finishing at the new Golf Pavilion (clubhouse) which opened on May 1st 2005. This pure links layout is now ranked No.34 in Golf Digest Ireland’s Top 100 Course List. Rosapenna’s newer championship course, the Sandy Hills Links, designed by Pat Ruddy opened for play on the 25th of June 2003 and has steadily risen up the many ranking polls since and has just been ranked No.42 in Great Britain & Ireland’s Top 100 List by Golf Monthly Magazine 2012, with only 9 Irish courses above Rosapenna’s Sandy Hills Links in Golf Monthly’s Top 100 in GB&I it is effectively ranked 10th in Ireland.
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