The Rosapenna Golf Resort acquired the St Patrick’s Links in late 2012, a former 36-hole facility developed by the Walsh Family of Carrigart. The Maheramagorgan Links designed by Irish architect Eddie Hackett and the Trá Mór Links designed by PGA Professional Joanne O’Haire, both opened for play in the mid-1990’s.
Discussions ensued with Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design, with Tom finalizing his lay-out with lead associate Eric Iverson in March 2013. The St Patrick’s Links is routed in the adjoining dune system just south of the existing two courses at Rosapenna. Originally encompassing 36 holes, Tom has fashioned 18 unrecognisable and unforgettable holes over the same tract of land. The result? A sprawling links that is destined to become a modern great. It sits on the most magnificent piece of links land – huge scale, west coast of Ireland scenery, with enough variety in dimension to present a real diversity of golf holes. The routing takes golfers on a journey through huge dunes, to high above Sheephaven Bay, along the coast, then back over some more gentle dunes… and that’s just the front nine! With plenty of width and an eclectic mix of naturalised bunkers, the course is unlike anything in the UK & Ireland… or anywhere else for that matter.
An intimate group of founding members including Frank & John Casey of the Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort and architect Tom Doak have funded the construction of the new 18-hole course in a partnership between The Casey Family who have owned & operated Rosapenna since 1981 & Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design. Construction began in April 2018, with all of the greens completed in 2019 to ensure that they are matured and at their best from opening day. Notwithstanding the Covid-19 pandemic, all of the finishing touches were carried-out in 2020.
The St Patrick’s Links is due to open for visitor play from Saturday June 26th 2021. A temporary Links House will operate on site this season with all golfers checking in there rather than the main Golf Pavilion.