County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point – Colt Championship Links

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  • Consultant:
    • Ruddy, Patrick
  • Holes of Merit:
    4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • NCG Rank:
    54/100 in GB&I

At A Glance

County Sligo Golf Club is not known for its dunes but rather its burn. Winds provide the teeth on this course with its elevated tees and plateau green sites.

Peter Alliss said of the course: “Rosses Point is a gentle sleeping giant and one will marvel at its beauty, it can be a tremendous test for the highest quality player and great fun for the modest player, and stands at the top of great Irish courses.”

The club was known as 'Ewing's Club' after a local decorated amateur by the name of Cecil Ewing.

Further Viewing

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Full Course Review

The original 9 hole County Sligo Golf Club was laid out in 1894 by George Combe. In 1906, it was extended to 18 holes by William Campbell. By 1927 it was decided to write to Mr HS Colt to invite him to visit the links and advise. The invitation was dated the 20th of May, 1927. Mr Colt arrived on the 27th of June and what is currently played is more or less as Colt intended. The work was complete and ready for play in 1931.

He reversed the direction of the course with the 12th and 13th surviving. Since 1927, the two holes have been modified and the 13th is the only hole reminiscent of the original 18. Despite new tees being added to stretch the course from 6,600 yards to 7,259 yards and bunkers modified to maintain the strategic design, the course has largely remained intact. The exception is the third hole's new green. CH Alison is credited with the bunkering whilst Harry Colt makes claim to the rest of the redesign.

County Sligo Golf Club is known for is expansiveness and beauty. Despite not having towering dunes there are impressive changes in elevation. The view from the 3rd tee is one such example. The course offers views of Drumcliffe Bay, Sligo, Ox Mountains, Drumcliff Church of Yeat's fame, Ben Bulben and the Atlantic Ocean.


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