Golfers from all over the world descend on the Republic of Ireland to experience some challenging courses in breathtaking locations. Wherever you play you can rest assured that there will be plenty of top quality accommodation to relax in after a day on the fairways, no matter what your budget might be.
Buncrana, in the north of County Donegal, is home to a delightful little secret - a fabulous golf club that, so far, has largely escaped the attention of many visiting players. It’s a superb nine hole links course that, like so many in Ireland, enjoys fabulous views from almost every angle.
The second biggest town in the county after Letterkenny, anyone wanting to play at Buncrana is spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a place to stay. Whether you are looking to enjoy the luxuries of a three or four star hotel or the warm welcome of a guesthouse or bed and breakfast, you’ll have no trouble finding somewhere to suit your tastes.
Golf for Everyone
Buncrana Golf Club’s excellent course overlooks a beautiful white strand of sand on the shores of Lough Swilly and provides a challenging round for players of all abilities. It is believed to be the oldest nine hole links track in Ireland and visiting players are always assured of a friendly welcome.
The club prides itself on its community approach and sets out to provide everyone with an opportunity to enjoy the game of golf at inexpensive rates, with the nine hole design ensuring that it appeals to everyone from beginners to the most advanced exponents of the game.
Work on redeveloping the clubhouse started in 2000 and new changing and shower facilities were created along with a function room, reception area and kitchen. Once the revamp was completed, the members of the club set about expanding the course, creating two new holes that saw the course par increase from 62 to 66.
Hotels Around Buncrana
Buncrana is on the tamer side of the Inishowen Peninsula, the northernmost point of Ireland. It’s a busy but attractive town and has plenty of pubs and restaurants which provide warm and welcoming places to stop off in before heading into the much wilder lands to the north.
There’s plenty to keep you occupied once you have finished your round of golf. At the northern end of the seafront sits a six-arched bridge that leads to a tower house built by the O’Dohertys, the local chieftains, in 1430. O’Doherty’s Keep was eventually set on fire by the English before being rebuilt. Other historic sights worth seeing include Buncrana Castle, Ned’s Point Fort and Fort Dunree.
The Best Places to Stay
If you are planning to play a round or two at Buncrana Golf Club you shouldn’t have to look too far out of town to find a great place to stay. There are plenty of well-appointed hotels and comfortable guesthouses and bed breakfasts to choose from, many offering lovely views of Lough Swilly.