Region:  North West

Course Name:   County Sligo – Rosses Point  (The Colt Championship Links)   

Address:   Rosses Point, Sligo 

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At a Glance 

County Sligo hosts the West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship each year and has been previously won by Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, and Padraig Harrington.  

Founded:  1894
Type:  Links
Par:  71
Length:  7,200 yards/ 6,584  metres
Holes:  18
Designer:Harry Colt/ Pat Ruddy


The Perfect Setting for Links Golf

There are two courses located in Rosses Point which make up County Sligo Golf Club – The Colt Championship Course and the Bowmore  Links. The Colt Course is County  Sligo’s marquee course.

Named after its designer, Harry Colt, this links masterpiece has been created by time, wind, and water. The course is surrounded by Drumcliffe Bay and overlooked by Ireland’s “Table Mountain,” Benbulbin.

When you combine each natural focal point and include the sandy beaches, the harbor , and the Atlantic Ocean, you have one magnificent view. It is the perfect setting for links golf. 


But we are here for the golf... 

It is a strategic course that deserves your respect and attention. There are dramatic undulations on the fairways, raised greens that require an extra club on approach, unexpected run-off areas, and very challenging bunkers.

Colt’s design in some cases here are minimal yet treacherous. For instance, the 4th hole, a short par-3, is not protected by bunkers as you instead play to a green that slopes away from with lethal pace.

There are similar shots to be found throughout the course and they are combined with blind shots, raised shots, and ones that will tempt you to ditch your course management. This is another one of the northwest’s  hidden gems! 


Local Attractions

  • Westport
  • Greenway Cycle Track
  • Sligo

Our Guests Say:

Both the Championship and Bomore Links offer you a great experience at County Sligo. These courses can be included in an itinerary based in the North West. If you are short on time, just be sure to make sure the Colt Championship Course is included. 


Our Verdict:

Though the course is tough in places, good golf will be rewarded generously here. It may not be the most testing links experience in Ireland, but it will certainly be up there with your most enjoyable experience.   

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