Bal­lylif­fin Golf Club

Ire­land’s most northerly club will pro­vide a ma­jes­tic can­vas for the 63rd Dubai Duty Free Ir­ish Open.

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Ire­land’s most northerly club will pro­vide a ma­jes­tic can­vas for the 63rd Dubai Duty Free Ir­ish Open. BY KENT GRAY

Last year’s Dubai Duty Free Ir­ish Open will take some beat­ing and we’re not even fac­tor­ing in Jon Rahm’s ex­tra­or­di­nary golf, five birdies and two ea­gles in a clos­ing 65 help­ing the Spa­niard seal an his­toric six stroke vic­tory. Port­stew­art Golf Club pro­vided a stunning can­vas for the 2017 Rolex Se­ries event but the Lon­don­derry lay­out, even with one of the most spec­tac­u­lar out­ward nines in golf, is set to be up­staged by the venue for the 63rd edi­tion of the Euro­pean Tour event.

Bal­lylif­fin is Ire­land’s most northerly golf club and af­fords ma­jes­tic views over Pol­lan Bay to Glashedy Is­land and the wild At­lantic be­yond. The County Done­gal club is home to two cour­ses, the Old and Glashedy links, the lat­ter set to host Rahm’s ti­tle de­fence.

Sculpted amid tow­er­ing dunes by leg­endary Ir­ish ar­chi­tect Pat Ruddy and opened in 1995, Glashedy has been de­scribed by DDF Ir­ish Open host Rory McIl­roy as “pure links” while Sir Nick Flado, who made over­tures to by the club, once rated it the “most nat­u­ral links” he’d ever played. The par-3s are par­tic­u­larly mem­o­rable, two of them played out to sea and the 7th a down­hill gem guarded by water. But those stunning vis­tas, McIl­roy warns, come with a bite. “It’s one of the tough­est links cour­ses in the world. It’s re­ally well de­signed, it’s a beau­ti­ful course and Done­gal is just a beau­ti­ful area.”

The July 5-8 DDF Ir­ish Open is the sec­ond of three suc­ces­sive Rolex Se­ries events lead­ing into the 147th Open Cham­pi­onship at Carnoustie (July 19-22), sand­wiched be­tween the Open de France and the Scot­tish Open. It all prom­ises a mouth-wa­ter­ing month for lovers of links golf.

Pho­to­graph cour­tesy of Bal­lylif­fin G.C.

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