The Republic of Ireland is known all over the world as a top destination for a golfing holiday. It has some fabulous parkland and links courses, many of them set in truly stunning locations. There are challenging ones for experienced players and ones that provide the chance to enjoy a relaxing round in peaceful surroundings.
If you want to hone your skills on one of the smaller courses in County Donegal, or simply want to play in a relaxed environment where enjoyment is the name of the game, head for Cloughaneely Golf Club in Falcarragh. It’s a great place to play an enjoyable round or two in beautiful surroundings.
The great thing is that, no matter which course or courses you decide to visit, you’ll never be far from some great hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and holiday homes. Whether you want a taste of four or five star luxury or a bargain break, you can be sure you will find something to suit your tastes and budget.
Golf for all Abilities
Cloughaneely Golf Club was officially opened in 1996, making it the newest course in County Donegal. The club lies in the shadow of the impressive Muckish Mountain and is set in the grounds of the Ballyconnell estate.
Hidden by wooded boundaries, golfers visiting Cloughaneely will find nine immaculately manicured fairways and greens. Each hole has its own name, such as Muckish, Doohary Lane and Horn Head, which describe the amazing views they offer. If you are a golfer who loves nature this is the place for you - you could even spot one of the mating pairs of eagles which frequent the course.
Due to its relatively secluded location, the 3,044-yard par 35 course - a full round of 18 holes has a par of 71 - is something of a hidden gem. Players will find most things they need to make their life easier and both clubs and trolleys can be hired.
Cloughaneely Golf Club is on the doorstep of Glenveagh National Park, one of County Donegal’s most popular natural attractions. It is filled with 10,000 square miles of stunning walking country brimming with lakes, bogs and oak and birch forest and it is also home to a Scottish-style castle surrounded by one of Ireland’s finest gardens.
It is also very close to the coast, where you can join the Wild Atlantic Way, a world-famous driving route which takes in 1,500 miles of breathtaking scenery along Ireland’s western seaboard.
Hotels Around Cloughaneely
If you are planning to visit Cloughaneely Golf Club you shouldn’t have any problems finding a great place to stay. If you want peace and quiet, check out the accommodation in the small town of Falcarragh and around the village of Gortahork. If you prefer to be somewhere livelier, take a look at the wide range of hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts in County Donegal’s largest town, Letterkenny, which is around 25 miles away.