Ballyliffin Golf Club is Ireland's northernmost golf course, but those who make the trek are amply rewarded. Its two courses offer as pure a links experience as you'll find in Ireland.
Opened in 1995, Glashedy Links is a modern complement to Ballyliffin's Old Links. There are subtle differences that reveal the course's youth. Tee boxes are slightly elevated and offer views of the entire fairway on most holes. Visibility and sightlines are much better than on the Old. The par-3 seventh is a very atypical hole for a links course, playing steeply downhill to a pond-guarded green.
Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock's design features plentiful bunkers, steep, menacing and to be avoided at all costs. Glashedy also plays longer than the Old Links at 7,200 yards, but there are four sets of tees, set out at all seasons, to let golfers choose the right distance.