Dunfanaghy Golf Club – Our Neighbours in Focus
Ireland, there are countless wonderful small villages that have a sense of
togetherness as soon as you step out of the car. Small, tight knit and rural
these villages rely on the innovation and cooperation of the community to
ensure that factors such as isolation don’t act to their detriment.
may be biased, we feel it may be hard to find a clearer example of a community
spirit of joined up thinking than Dunfanaghy. Our village relies on tourism and
a stroll down our small main street will give you an idea of how geared up we
are for visitors. Coffee shops, craft businesses, cafes, surf schools, pubs and
restaurants all hold pride of place in the village. It is on the edge of town
however that you will find a well-known jewel in our offering for tourists.
A Special Club
Golf Club has been a friend and close working partner of Arnolds Hotel for many
years now. Based on varied records, the origin of the golf club can be dated
back to between 1896 and 1906. Having celebrated our 95th birthday
just a few months ago, we are fairly confident that Arnolds has been hosting
golf breaks including a round at Dunfanaghy for almost a century!
of Dunfanaghy can be categorised in many ways. The views of Sheephaven Bay and
Horn Head are mesmerising and may well prove a distraction. The welcome in the
modern yet quaint clubhouse is exactly what you will come to expect in Donegal
with a friendly face never far away. The golf provides a links challenge but
thankfully this is a layout that is playable for all levels. Dunfanaghy Golf
Club is designed for enjoyment as opposed to being overly challenging which
ensures that your score card on a calm day will leave you feeling pretty happy
these factors combine to ensure that you will be delighted to return to
Dunfanaghy Golf Club day after day during your break at Arnolds.
everyday club golfer, the 400 yard drives and 7,500 yard courses we see on TV
can feel like watching a different game. Many courses are now setting up to
challenge the average amateur in a similar fashion leading to a demoralising
and joy free round of golf. This is not the case at Dunfanaghy Golf Club.
A par 68
course at under 6,000 yards is certainly a removal from the modern trend of
‘longer is better’. Don’t be fooled by the yardage however. Dunfanaghy GC is
renowned for having some of the finest greens in the country and the speed of
these will have you on guard at all times. Add to this the wind which regularly
batters the course off the North Atlantic and you will soon realise that any
ideas of an easy 18 can be forgotten.
is overall flat meaning the walk is enjoyable for all ages and fitness levels.
The first 7 holes present a stern challenge as you make your way away from the
club house a little inland. With 5 of the most difficult holes coming in the
first 7, if you stand on the 8th tee with your score still intact
you can breathe a sigh of relief.
point onwards you play holes bordering the bay with opportunities galore to
ruin a scorecard. Despite the perils of this stretch, the views are spectacular
with the 10th being a particular standout as you tee off on the dog
leg par 4 across the beach with the big hitters being tempted to have a pop at
favourite hole is without doubt the 17th as you make your way home.
From the tee on this lengthy Par 3, you can see Dunfanaghy village in the
distance and can almost taste your pint of Guinness in front of the fire at
Arnolds. First of all though you have to negotiate a long Par 3 with anything
to the right of the green making its way onto the inviting beach and out of
bounds. Named by Green Golf Travel as one of the best 18 holes in Donegal, this hole will live long in the memory.
this is a course that is playable. Golf on holiday should not be traumatic and
at Dunfanaghy Golf Club, they have found the perfect balance between being
challenging and enjoyable. Our guests over the past 95 years overwhelmingly
Arnolds & Dunfanaghy GC
that choose to play a round at Dunfanaghy can decide between taking a 2 minute
drive to the course or walking from the hotel which will take less than 10
minutes. We are the closest hotel to the club and our relationship has
developed over many years. Guests at Arnolds can enjoy the following benefits:
reduced green fees at Dunfanaghy Golf Club
rates on equipment hire
tee times can be booked through the hotel
with organising society events and prize givings
- Dedicated Golf Manager at the hotel to assist your group throughout your stay
In order to
enjoy reduced rates just let us know your golf requirements and we will look
after the rest! We can book your tee times and arrange all details for a small
group or large society.
worked for many years to develop a close knit relationship with this wonderful
club so enjoy the benefits of this collaboration during your next visit to
***If you would like to visit Arnolds for your next golf break in 2018, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Hotel Reservations and let us take all of the hard work out of your hands.
Check out our Golf & Yoga Weekend this April - New to Arnolds Hotel for golf enthusiasts!