Mr Ruddy has built a magnificent golf course here. Yes the dunescape provides topographic majesty but this adds pressure to deliver. There are architects that would not optimise the canvass provided. Mr R has nailed it. Rosapenna offers a world class 36 holes of golf. Whilst OTM is a more classical links, shy, subdued and tranquil, Sandy Hills is a shock to the senses, a course that hits you over the head but you smile as you realize you've been hit by a rubber chicken ! What I am saying is that the contrast between the 2 courses makes the overall experience more intense. I love the 2 courses at Ballyliffen, but Rosapenna offers more contrast between the 2 courses. In terms of Sandy Hills, the holes are seriously good and it is difficult to recall any weak holes. Standout holes are 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 17, 18.
Date: April 29, 2017