County Sligo Golf Club

Rosses Point, Ireland

Located in the seaside village of Rosses Point, the links course at County Sligo Golf Club is as exciting as it is beautiful. Known locally as “The Point,” this course was founded in 1894. Though it had only nine holes originally, the course now features 27 holes, along with a spacious clubhouse and modern facilities.

County Sligo Golf Club’s current course was designed by Harry S. Colt in 1927. Out of its 27 holes, only three are par fives. Par fours are the course’s bread and butter, forcing players to keep their composure if they want to score at County Sligo.

Speaking of par fours, the course’s second hole is especially tricky. At only 278 meters, it’s a short hole, but the dramatically uphill approach is difficult to judge. Fortunately, frustrated players can find some respite on the third and fifth holes. Both of these holes feature downhill drives, as if to compensate for the second hole’s difficulty. Views of the sea further help to calm players’ nerves.

Those familiar with County Sligo know better than to let their guard down for too long however, as the course’s 17th hole is an even more punishing par four than the second. This dogleg-left 450 yarder is not only played uphill like the second hole; it also features strong winds running right to left, as well as a hill to the left of the fairway. If you truly want to put your golf game to the test, the links at County Sligo Golf Club is a fantastic layout on which to do it.