Portsalon golf club Donegal

Portsalon golf course Donegal

Portsalon Golf Course

Portsalon Club Crest

Often referred to as "the links of heaven" Portsalon Golf Club is a very popular seaside with narrow fairways. The course runs in clockwise direction, out bounds on left 1st, 2nd, 6th, 8th, 10th, 13th and 18th. greens are well protected bunkers, streams natural sand dunes all coming into play. Redesigned by Pat Ruddy 6,472 metres par-72 standard scratch 73.

Tucked away on the northern shores of Lough Swilly, Knockalla Mountains provide a stunning backdrop. Linked with heather clad hills, they shield and semi circle links, creating stage like effect. Add glistering waters those golden sands 18-spectactular holes to equation you know why it is referred as "the links heaven". Even such an illustrious title one can never adequately first time visitor for drama Portsalon's setting.

The club celebrated its centenary in 1991 and the same year built new clubhouse, where visitor will find friendliest of Donegal welcomes after a memorable game golf.

Portsalon was voted the No. 22-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Same);

Portsalon was voted the No. 22-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Up-1);

Portsalon was voted the No. 23-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Up-2);

Portsalon was voted the No. 25-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Same);

Portsalon was voted the No. 25-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Up-2);

Portsalon was voted the No. 27-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

Portsalon was voted the No. 35-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

Portsalon was voted the No. 45-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;

Portsalon was voted the No. 70-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;

  • Golf Deals » Portsalon

  • Stay & Play @ Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny €79.00

    Offer valid from 01 Aug 2016 to 31 Jul 2017 Detail:

    Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny and Portsalon Golf Club have teamed up to create a special offer for avid golfers. Enjoy this challenging links with its spectacular views before returning to the Radisson Blu Hotel, located in the heart of the bustling Letterkenny.
    Package Includes: Round of Golf at Portsalon, Overnight stay in double or twin Standard Rooms, Super Breakfast Buffet and Full use of hotel leisure facilities. From: €79 pps.
    This offer MUST be booked online go to radissonblu.ie/hotel-letterkenny/hotel-deals/golf

  • Stay & Play @ Mulroy Woods Hotel €85.00

    Offer valid from 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2017 Detail:

    Portsalon Championship Links Golf Course is a hidden gem with breath taking Atlantic views located 10mins drive from the Hotel. This offer includes 1 Night Bed & Super Buffet Breakfast in a double/twin bedded room, 1 Round of Golf at Portsalon, Tea/Coffee making facilities in your room, Satelite TV. We can arrange tee off times from the Hotel €85 per person sharing valid all year round.
    Golfing Group discount packages available with Portsalon Golf Club, contact Siobhán at the Hotel on 074 9153313 to arrange

Green Fees Midweek:

€50/75

Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €50/75
Green Fees with a Member: €25
Green Fees for Opens: €15/20
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: €30 Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €520
Full Family Membership Fee: €810
Full Country Membership Fee: €480
Full Country Family Membership Fee: €760
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 500
Designer Pat Ruddy & Paul McGinley
Founded 1981
Address

Portsalon,
Fanad,
Co. Donegal

Telephone 074-9159459
Email portsalongolfclub@eircom.net
Website Portsalon golf club website
Secretary/Manager Billy McCaul
Captain: Martin Blaney
Lady Captain: Sheila Horner
President: Andy Boland
Vice-Captains': Mick McGlynn & Karen McGlinchey
Hon. Secretary: Patrick McBride & Norreen McConigley
Club Pro: Shop
Hon. Treasurer: John Masterson & Kathleen McCormick
Comp. Secretary: Joe Hensey & Marie Gilligan
Portsalon Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:55.201946
Long:-7.626829
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 12.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: None (phone in advance)
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Portsalon Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (to be Confirmed)        
Event.. Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday 5 February   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies
Friday 23 June
  Cloaed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 24 June
  Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 22 July   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 12 August   Closed 1
Open Day Saturday 11 February   Open 1
Open Day Saturday 25 February   Open 1
Gents Open
Saturday 11 March   Open 1
Gents Open
Friday 17 March Saturday 18 March
Open 2
Gents Open Saturday 18 March   Open 1
Gents Open Sunday 19 Maech   Open 1
Fundraising Classic Saturday 30 March   Open 1
L. & G. Open Saturday 15 April
Monday 17 April Open 3
L. & G. Open Sunday 16 April
  Open 1
L. & G. Open Monday 17 April
  Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 3 May   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 5 May   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 10 May   Open 1
Hospice Fund Raiser
Saturday 13 May   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 17 May   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 20 May   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 24 May   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 27 May   Open 1
Classic any combination Saturday 27 May   Open 1
Donegal Links Classic Monday 29 May Wednesday 25 May Open 3
Donegal Links Classic Tuesday 30 May   Open 1
Donegal Links Classic Wednesday 31 May
  Open 1
Fundraiser Open Day Saturday 3 June   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 7 June   Open 1
Hospice Classic Saturday 10 June   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 14 June   Open 1
Rathmullan Celtic Classic
Saturday 17 June   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 21 June   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 24 June   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 26 June   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 1 July   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 5 July
  Open 1
Start of Open Week Saturday 8 July
Sunday 16 July Open 9
Fourball Betterball
Saturday 8 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford
Sunday 9 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford
Monday 10 July   Open 1
Team Scramble any Combination
Tuesday 11 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford
Wednesday 12 July   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford
Thursday 13 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Friday 14 July   Open 1
Fourball Betterball
Saturday 15 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Sunday 16 July   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 19 July   Open 1
Charlie Canning Memorial Trophy
Saturday 22 July   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 26 July   Open 1
Motor Neuron Classic
Saturday 29 July
  Open 1
Gents Open Sunday 30 July
  Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 2 August   Open 1
Laois Inter. Fourball
Saturday 5 August   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 9 August   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 12 August   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 16 August   Open 1
Fanad United Classic
Saturday 19 August   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 23 August   Open 1
L. & G. All-Ireland Past Captains'
Saturday 26 August   Open 1
Gents Open
Wednesday 30 August
  Open 1
L. & G. All-Ireland Past Captains'
Saturday 2 September   Open 1
Gents Open
Wednesday 6 September   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 9 September   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 13 September   Open 1
Gents Open
Saturday 16 September   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 20 September   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 2 September   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 27 September
  Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 2 September   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 4 October   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 7 October   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 11 October   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 14 October   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 18 October   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 21 October   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 25 October   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 28 October
  Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 1 November
  Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 4 November   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 8 November   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 11 November   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 15 November   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 18 November   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 22 November   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 25 November   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 29 November
  Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 2 Decwmber   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 6 December   Open 1
Gents Open Saturday 9 Decwmber   Open 1
Gents Open Wednesday 13 December   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 72 SSS 73 6,472 m
Yellow Par 72 SSS 71 6,092 m
Red Par 75 SSS 73 5,210 m
Green Par 72 SSS 69 5,489 m

Card

Name Hole No. White Yellow Green Par Index Red Par Index
Meilmore 1 355 338 272 4 13 276 4 13
Strand 2 457 389 333 4 3 372 5 7
Stoker 3 337 323 325 4 15 262 4 15
Valley 4 507 465 446 5 11 374 5 9
Kerrs 5 185 170 161 3 9 123 3 17
Kilavee 6 435 406 369 4 1 370 5 3
Warden 7 352 336 393 4 7 253 4 5
Castle 8 474 461 419 5 17 407 5 11
Runaway 9 435 407 353 4 5 353 4 1
  Out 3,537 3,301 2,971 37   2,800 39  
Binn 10 147 135 125 3 18 127 3 18
Knockalla 11 499 492 434 5 4 437 5 2
Drumany 12 170 153 149 3 14 103 3 16
Altar 13 328 318 265 4 12 218 4 6
Matterhorn 14 395 381 336 4 2 346 4 4
Greenfort 15 140 131 121 3 16 114 3 14
Alders 16 376 348 307 4 10 310 4 12
River in 17 503 473 428 5 8 384 5 8
Home 18 377 360 353 4 6 361 5 10
  In 2,935 2,791 2,518 35   2,410 36  
  Total 6,472 6,092 5,489 72   5,210 75  
  SSS 73 71 69     73    

Members Achievements

Portsalon were runners-up in the Ulster Seniors 1999

Portsalon Golf Club were runners-up in the Ulster Mixed Foursomes in 1998, when the team was Cathal Toland, Seamus Clinton, Gerry Hannon, Frank McAteer, Kathleen McCormick, Betty Boal, Pamela Clinton, Ashling Cullen, Margaret Shields and they were captained by Seamus Shields.

History of Portsalon

Instituted 1891 affiliated 1891

Portsalon has the distinction as being one of the nine founding-clubs of the GUI in November, 1891. Captain Kenneth McLarne discovered the links. The hotel and surrounding lands were, owned by Col. J. D. Barton who became the first Captain and the family had a long connection with the club. We find that Major B. J. Barton, D.S. O., was Captain and Hon. Secretary in 1916.
The club had 25 members and guests at the hotel could play for six pence a day. Golf was permitted on Sundays and was advertised as such, to attract visitors to the region. North-West, Rosapenna, and Portsalon golf clubs held a joint open competition.
The club was recognised as early as 1905, and 1912, as a championship course when the Irish Ladies Championship was played here. There is a picture of Miss Mary Hazlet, winner of the Irish Ladies Championship in 1905 hanging in the clubhouse.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Vera McFadden 1989 Ladies Captain
Nial Blaney 1989 President
Mary McDaid 1990 Ladies Captain
Charles McFadden 1990 Men's Captain
Michael Kerr 1990 President
Kathleen McCormack 1991 Ladies Captain
Paul Blaney 1991 Men's Captain
Michael Kerr 1991 President
Daphne McKee 1992 Ladies Captain
Eamon McElwaine 1992 Men's Captain
Shaun McCormack 1992 President
Mrs. E. Blaney 1993 Ladies Captain
Michael Jamieson 1993 Men's Captain
Shaun McCormack 1993 President
Kathleen Friel 1994 Ladies Captain
Fergal McDonnell 1994 Men's Captain
Derek McMahon 1994 President
Audrey Jamieson 1995 Ladies Captain
Fergal McDonnell 1995 Men's Captain
Derek McMahon 1995 President
Kate Busch 1996 Ladies Captain
Ken Sharpe 1996 Men's Captain
Patrick Shields 1996 President
Margaret Shields 1997 Ladies Captain
Patrick Wallace 1997 Men's Captain
Patrick Shields 1997 President
Eileen McElimee 1998 Ladies Captain
Gerry Hannan 1998 Men's Captain
Myles Coll 1998 President
Mary Barrett 1999 Ladies Captain
Eugene McGettigan 1999 Men's Captain
Johnny Strain 1999 President
Mona Ginty  2000 Ladies Captain
Michael Shields 2000 Men's Captain
Daniel Kerr 2000 President
Ann Speedie 2001 Ladies Captain
Michael McDaid 2001 Men's Captain
Daniel Kerr 2001 President
Susie Sweeney 2002 Ladies Captain
Willie McCleary 2002 Men's Captain
Daniel Kerr 2002 President
Mrs. Kathleen O'Toole 2003 Ladies Captain
Jackie Barrett 2003 Men's Captain
Paul Blaney 2003 President
Mrs. Ann Busch 2004 Ladies Captain
James Sandilands 2004 Men's Captain
Paul Blaney 2004 President
Betty Boal 2005 Ladies Captain
Martin Busch 2005 Men's Captain
Joachim Loughrey 2005 President
Marie Wallace 2006 Ladies Captain
Ollie Connelly 2006 Men's Captain
Joachim Loughrey 2006 President
Roisin McCormack 2007 Ladies Captain
Garrett Horkin 2007 Men's Captain
Jimmy Wall 2007 President
Deirdre O'Toole 2008 Ladies Captain
Noel McCormick 2008 Men's Captain
Jimmy Wall 2008 President
Nuala McGarrigle 2009 Ladies Captain
Andy Boland 2009 Men's Captain
Martin Busch 2009 President
Vera Kearney 2010 Ladies Captain
Hugh McGinley  2010 Men's Captain
Martin Busch 2010 President
Marie Gilligan 2011 Ladies Captain
Donal Callaghan 2011 Men's Captain
Willie McCleary 2011 President
Noreen McConigley 2012 Ladies Captain
Dermot Logue 2012 Men's Captain
Willie McCleary 2012 President
Deirdre Hensey 2013 Ladies Captain
Joe Harkin 2013 Men's Captain
Kathleen McCormick
2013 President
Sarah Nicholl 2014 Ladies Captain
Dermot Boyce 2014 Men's Captain
Kathleen McCormick 2014 President
Dana Clinton 2015 Ladies Captain
Paul Armstrong 2015 Men's Captain
Garrett Horkan
2015 President
Sally O'Kane 2016 Ladies Captain
John Logue 2016 Men's Captain
Garrett Horkan 2016 President
Sheila Horner
2017 Ladies Captain
Martin Blaney 2017 Men's Captain
Andy Boland
2017 President
Linda Friel (7) 2017 Lowest Ladies H'cap
Kevin McLoughlin (1) 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Portsalon

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
John Harkin 2 June 1996 2nd   197 m
Patrick Shields 3 September 2006 15th   140 m
Fiona Boyle 17 February 2008 12th   103 m
C. Tolan 10 January 2017 15th   131 m