Portsalon GC was founded by Colonel Barton in 1891.
The course was designed by Portrush professional Charles Thompson, and was originally a nine hole course.
In 2000 Irish wizard Pat Ruddy was appointed and undertook a major redesign to bring the course up to date with the modern game and equipment.
The course was lengthened considerably and nine new holes added.
More recently Paul McGinley and his team have been advising the club, assisting the club establish itself as one of the great Irish links.
Portsalon is located in north west Ireland.
It is a beautiful part of the world.
It is a pure links course with all of the early holes in the primal dunes hugging the coastline.
The second hole is world class, and just a joy to play- but the quality links holes just keep on coming.
Although the back nine at times moves a little inland the holes retain a links character throughout.
It has a very natural feel- as if the holes were discovered rather than created.
And it is an easy walk- it's a lovely place to play golf.
Notable holes include:
- hole 2, an all world hole! This long par 4 requires a tee shot from an elevated tee to carry ocean & beach, and the approach to carry a watercourse running across in front of the green.
- hole 3, a delightful true links hole running parallel to the beach
- hole 6, another links hole on the beach- this one a longer par 4
- hole 10, the prettiest of par 3's with a short downhill tee shot to a green in it's own little dell
- hole 14, a medium length par with a tight and rumpled landing area
With the recent opening of St Patrick's Links at Rosapenna, travelling golfers will become increasingly aware of the quality of golf available in the north west: Portrush, Portstewart, Castlerock, Ballyliffin.
Each of these courses has multiple courses, and the quality is high.
Just make sure you include Portsalon in that itinerary!
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