Portsalon Golf Club

Tucked away in the North of Ireland its a remote but stunning links .

Portsalon Golf Club

County Donegal, F92 X668, Ireland


The club was a founding member of the Golf Union of Ireland. The other members included Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, and Royal Belfast.

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Portsalon Golf Club is located on the Fanad Peninsula, in the shadows of the Knockalla Mountains of County Donegal, Ireland. Located on the Ballymastoker Beach overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean, the Portsalon Golf Club dates from 1891 and is one of the founding members of the Golf Union of Ireland.

Portsalon Golf Club History

It was Colonel BJ Barnton who founded the club but it was Charles Thompson, the Royal Portrush Professional, who laid out the links. In the early days, it was essentially a resort course with only a hotel, small store, and post office. There was no village or town to speak of. Colonel BJ Barnton was also the proprietor of the hotel.

The course was significantly redeveloped by Pat Ruddy in 2000. Nine new holes were built, four were altered significantly and five left more or less unchanged. Paul McGinley is now consulting on further improvements to the course.

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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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  • Ruddy, Patrick
  • Thompson, Charles


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County Donegal, F92 X668, Ireland
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