Bundoran Golf Course, Bundoran, County Donegal
Set in a spectacular setting and presenting a challenging par 70, Bundoran Golf Course sweeps along the rugged and picturesque Donegal Bay coastline with a mixture of dunes and undulating terrain making up our 18 holes.
With endless views of the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the magnificent Dartry Mountains to the east, you are blessed with 360-degree superb panoramic views no matter what hole you are playing. The course wraps itself around the Great Northern Hotel, owned and operated by the Mc Eniff family and the four-star hotel makes a great choice for convenience and luxury if you are staying a while and golf. You walk onto the first tee in about two minutes from the breakfast room.
It all began with the decision of the Highland Hotel Company Ltd. to build hotels at popular resorts, which were served by the Great Northern Railway.
In Bundoran, 96 acres of seaside property was purchased where a 60 bedroom hotel with full leisure facilities (including Golf Course) was to be situated. The building commenced in 1894 and no time was wasted by the locals in setting up the first Club Committee for negotiating golfing rights with the Highland Hotel Company.
The original course designer was G.L. Baillie, originally from Scotland. The courses at Greenore, Omagh, Castlerock, Lisburne & Leopardstown were among his other designs and not only did he design the course at Bundoran for a fee of £15, but he also collected the membership subscriptions for the first season. History was mde on the 24th August 1894, when the first competition for the Club Handicap Monthly Prize was played.
In 1903, C.S. Burthart, the Professional at Royal Co. Down Golf Club was employed to design an 18 hole course for Bundoran. this next step of the course development was copmpleted by 1905.
In Easter 1927, Harry Vardon, 6 times British Open Champion was invited to plan design changes to bring the course up to championship standards. His design featured the re-sitting of greens, replacing of tees addition of many bunkers. The ambition of having a championship course was reached, and although seemingly complicated, when implemented, the design echoed Vardon’s philosophy on course design; “to give pleasure to golfers of all degrees”.
In 1936, there was a course extension including the building of the current 2nd, 3rd and 6th holes. Between the years of 1951 and 1957, Christy O’ Connor Snr. was the club professional and 1965 was the grand opening of the current club house which is now currently up for re-development.
Bundoran Golf Club
Tel: +353 (0) 71 98 41302
Fax: +353 (0) 71 98 42104