Dunfanaghy Golf Club

Paul McGinley's home course. Modestly tame for the Wild Atlantic Way.

Dunfanaghy Golf Club

County Donegal, F92 A500, Ireland


Dunfanaghy Golf Club is better known for its most famous modern-day son, Paul McGinley.

Tom Doak says the 17th is worth the price of admission alone.

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Dunfanaghy Golf Club lies on the shores of Sheephaven Bay and Killahoey Beach in the shadow of Muckish mountain. The course is found in the small resort town and former fishing port of Dunfanaghy, County Donegal.

The earliest example of golf in the area dates to the 1740s when a founding member of the R&A, Mr Stewart, laid out a private six-hole course between Horn Head bridge and Tramore Beach.

Golf is first reported in the Derry Journal in April of 1886 and is listed in the Golfer and Sportsman Holiday Guide of 1897.

The golf club itself was established on July 11, 1906, with a ‘new’ set of 18 holes on offer. The golf course had been laid out by Harry Vardon in 1905.

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Featured Architect: MacKenzie, Alister

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. There should be little walking between...

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County Donegal, F92 A500, Ireland
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