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Discover The Fine Links Living In The Shadow Of Famous County Sligo

Strandhill Golf Club approach to 6th green

Strandhill is a links renowned for its quirk and its sense of adventure. You will be tossed about at will, tested and teased constantly, and yet you will always leave with a smile on your face. Set across the bay from the mighty Co. Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point in Ireland’s north-west, Strandhill was always the smaller, little-known cousin. Much of it was designed by passionate members with horse and plough, which gives you a sense of the mood and playfulness you’ll encounter.

In places it is mercurial, in others simply magical. It has unique qualities, too, with two borders brushed by the sea, a giant dune looming on one side and the towering Knocknarea Mountain on the other. This is a beautiful place to swing a golf club.

The approach to the 6th green at Strandhill from the left-hand side

(Image credit: Kevin Markham)

Strandhill has upped its game considerably in recent years. Its charming qualities remain but architect Ally McIntosh has been making some upgrades: “There remained an innocence to the course which gave opportunity to vastly improve its appearance and strategy. To that end, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the club over the last few years, completely redesigning the bunker scheme, introducing more scale to the compact site, and softening some of the man-made elements that had been built by members.”


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