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May 2010

Co. Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point

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County Sligo Golf Course (Rosses Point) is set out on one of the most scenic locations in Ireland...

...- surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the west, Benbulben dominates the view on the northern skyline and bears a striking resemblance to Cape Town's Table Mountain

Established in 1894, the original nine hole layout at Rosses Point was laid out by George Combe, the founding secretary of the Golfing Union of Ireland, It hosts the West of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship at Easter each year.

It is a long, treacherous course especially in the wind, offering a mix of flat and winding holes that include fairways that toss this way and that like the sea in a storm. The signature hole is the dogleg left 17th, at 455 yards one of the hardest par 4's in the world.

The first hole is always where it begins and there are very few equals to this long Par 4 which is shaped like a rope bridge, you must drive your ball into the deep hollow and from there you have a mammoth second shot to a green at the top of a hill that smiles condescendingly at the golfers approaching. It is an incredible opener.

Like all of Irelands great links, it should be played at least 3 times, the first time it should be courted tentatively with maximum respect given, the second time you should engage with its charms and thereafter thirdly and beyond, played, enjoyed & admired for its beauty, landscape and hidden & allure.

As you know, each day is different on the links, as the course can and will wear plentiful disguises depending on the weather, wind direction / speed and humour – Caveat Golfer – Let the golfer beware!

Every year I see a different golf magazine eulogising about the golf courses in the west and north west of Ireland, I would categorically say to anyone reading this, that quite simply it is a region of fantastic natural beauty and real rugged golf courses, they way that it was intended!

The only advice that I would give to anyone wanting to play at Rosses Point, would be to pick two or good friends for good company and craic and allow yourself to get lost in the peacefulness and tranquillity of the famed Co. Sligo Golf Course at Rosses Point.

Play Co. Sligo Golf Club, you simply must.

Co. Sligo Golf Club at Rosses is the Greengolfball Golf Club of the Month for May 2010.

For great rates at Co. Sligo Golf Club please contact Greengolfball Ltd at info@greengolfball.com or +353 1 883 9275

Jonathan Bryans
Greengolfball Ltd

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