• Overview

    The Radisson Blu Hotel

    Located in the heart of Letterkenny, this modern hotel provides an excellent base from which to explore County Donegal’s renowned golf courses. The Radisson Blu Hotel is designed in a contemporary Irish style, with the comfort of both the business and leisure traveller in mind. The hotel is within walking distance of four shopping centres, the theatre, cinema and all the culture and nightlife. The hotel also provides a fitness centre with a 17m lap pool, relaxing steam room and sauna and a fully equipped gym.

    Portsalon golf club

    Golf has been played on the Portsalon links since the 1880’s. Indeed, the Club was one of the founder members of the Golfing Union of Ireland, the oldest golfing union in the world.  Originally designed by Charles Thompson of Portrush, the layout has evolved over the decades with significant changes being undertaken under the guidance of Pat Ruddy in 2000.
    Currently ranked in the top 25 courses in Ireland by Golf Digest, Portsalon continues to progress, with the 2014 Ryder Cup captain, Paul McGinley, guiding further improvements.  Nestled under the Knockalla mountains and stretching along the magnificent Ballymastocker beach, a true test of links golf presents awaits.

    Rosapenna Golf Club – Old Tom Morris Links Course

    In 1891, while a guest of Lord Leitrim at his nearby estate, Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews, a winner of four Open Championships in the 1860’s, took a drive to enjoy the Donegal scenery. Old Tom was quick to see the golfing potential of this fine stretch of coastline and before returning to the home of golf he had staked-out the first Rosapenna Links, incorporating wide rolling fairways amidst the undulating terrain and of course those delightful greens. Back at St. Andrews, Old Tom was quick to tell of his discovery and so it was that Rosapenna became a place of pilgrimage for golfers at the turn of the century. Amongst those to follow were two other great golfing champions Harry Vardon and James Braid (in 1906) who won 11 Open Championship titles between them. They added length and more detailed bunkering but were wise enough to leave those wonderful natural greens untouched. Further changes were made by the great Harry Colt of Sunningdale in 1912, building/editing at least 11 holes. In September 2009 the new Strand Nine opened to replace the original back nine which played across the main road on a number of holes. These new links holes which are now played as the front nine are routed through low-lying dunes are fashioned much like the original Old Tom Morris Valley nine that runs along the beautiful Tramore beach overlooking Sheephaven Bay which have now become the back nine. Laid out by Pat Ruddy of the European Club these new links holes, which have striking views across Mulroy Bay, have matured to a condition that has seen them settle into the Old Tom Morris Links layout to provide a seamless connection between each nine. The original back nine of the Old Links known as the “Coastguard Holes” are now played as a separate 9-hole course beginning and finishing at the practice ground. Running to just under 7,000 yards off the championship markers the Strand and Valley nines which now make up the Old Tom Morris Links are a testing combination of traditional and modern links holes which bridge a century of golf design influences.

    Rosapenna Golf Club – Sandy Hills Links Course

    The Sandy Hills Links course opened for play in June 2003 and has matured into one of Ireland’s finest modern links courses. Where Old Tom settled for a course alongside the dunes, Pat Ruddy has gone straight through them from start to finish and created an amazing course that will test any golfer. Each hole is spectacular and the views across the Old Tom Morris Links towards the beautiful Sheephaven Bay will salve any wounds inflicted by this incredible golf course. Sandy Hills is in many ways the ideal of a modern links. Intended for the serious golfer, its narrow fairways appear constricting from the tee, but the landing areas sculpted from the dunes are deceptively wide. Measuring a hefty 7,255 yards from the tips, Sandy Hills was designed with championship play in mind. However, we must not allow this to deter us, as there is a multiplicity of tees to suit all strengths. Above all, the appeal of Sandy Hills lies in its beautifully balanced routing through the high dunes cloaked in marram grass. Many of the holes feature elevated tees and greens, with drives into natural bowls on the dune floor. A few of the holes, like the Par-3 third, Par-3 seventh, the Par-5 eighth, and the Par-4 10th, 12th and 15th, run across the dune ridges, lending a change of pace and overwhelming sense of seclusion in the dunes. There are no average holes on the layout, but the best come at the stretch of Nos. 6-13, which romp across the interior dunes. No. 6 is at the far southern end of the course, with the drive over a crest that reveals a picture-postcard view of the sickle of beach and bay with Muckish Mountain straight ahead. No. 7 is a downhill Par-3 to a sliver of green peeking from the dunes, and the eighth leads inland, tumbling downhill and then rising toward the backdrop of Carrigart and the Lough Salt Mountains in the distance. No doubt Old Tom would approve of what has become of this links land that he so keenly recognized more than a century ago.

    Letterkenny Golf Club

    Letterkenny Golf Club is one of the most scenic parkland courses in the north-west of Ireland. The superbly upgraded parkland layout where an imaginative revamping in 2007 of the course by Declan and Ronan Brannigan has developed the land on the Barnhill estate bordering Lough Swilly into one of the finest in the Country. Situated in a magnificent scenic parkland setting, bordering on the shore of Lough Swilly, the course was originally carved out of natural woodlands. As a result, there exists today a magnificent natural wildlife habitat that especially supports a spectacular mixture of birdlife. Approaching the elevated first tee box, we are greeted by views of Lough Swilly, through a corridor of natural hard wood trees including beech, native Irish oak, sycamore and birch. The next four holes hug the banks of Lough Swilly, providing panoramic views across a natural wildlife habitat, where wild geese, swans, seals, buzzards, owls, kingfishers and curlews can regularly be spotted. But do not be distracted by Mother Nature for there is more to ‘Barnhill’ than meets the eye. This is an exciting golf challenge that has left 3-time Ryder Cup winner, Paul McGinley craving yet more local knowledge. Few of Irelands many parkland courses can claim to have the naturally tranquil setting, and abundance of mature woodland and wildlife that can be found at Barnhill. This is an ideal course for providing parkland variety, while touring the famous Donegal links circuit.

  • Itinerary

    Sunday 11th September:

    ~ Arrive Ireland
    ~ Check in to the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny
    ~ Meet with David in the Hotel Bar for an introduction and welcome

    Monday 12th September:

    ~ Breakfast
    ~ 18 holes Portsalon Golf Club

    Tuesday 13th September:

    ~ Breakfast
    ~ 18 holes Rosapenna Golf Club – Old Tom Morris Links Course

    Wednesday 14th September:

    ~ Breakfast
    ~ 18 holes Letterkenny Golf Club

    Thursday 15th September:

    ~ Breakfast
    ~ 18 holes Rosapenna Golf Club – Sandy Hills Links Course

    Friday 16th September:

    ~ Breakfast
    ~ Check out of the hotel

  • Booking Procedure

    To book a place or places on any of the David Short Golf events, please just use the Enquire Now button and complete the Online Enquiry form.

    Iain and his team will then book your place(s) and send your confirmation details within 24 hours. With the initial confirmation details, will come a request for a deposit, which is £50.00 per person for UK events, £150.00 per person for European overseas events and £250.00 per person for longer haul holidays.

    Two months prior to the commencement of each event, you will be sent an invoice for the balance of your booking, with an acknowledgement of the payment once received. Two weeks prior to commencement of the event itself, you will be sent a Travel Pack, which will include the contact details for David or Barney, the transport arrangements where applicable, the itinerary for the event, contact details for the accommodation, as well as the names of the other members attending the event.

    David or Barney will then meet you on the day of arrival.

    Please feel free to contact Iain at any time with any queries or amendments that you may have.

Price Per Person

Price per Person:

£1,285.00 (Excluding transfers)

Single Room Supplement:

£36.00 per person per night

 

Notes on the Prices:

Airport & Golf Transfers
– Please fly into either Belfast International Airport or City of Derry Airport.
– The cost of both the airport and golf transfers will be confirmed closer to the date of the tour, once we know how many clients require transfers (we know that some clients intend to drive over to Ireland for example).
– As indicative costs, a single transfer from Belfast International Airport to Letterkenny is £300.00 each way (but we would hope to arrange three or more clients to travel at once thereby reducing the cost) and £160.00 from the City of Derry Airport.
– For the four return transfers to the Golf Clubs, if there are eight members of the party requiring transfers, the cost would be £150.00 per person.
– Once we know the final transfer requirements for the clients attending the tour, we will arrange the transfers in the most cost-effective way possible.