Get to know St. Patrick’s Links: Top 100 Courses in the World newcomer spotlight

There are no shortage of regulars on GOLF’s Top 100 Courses in the World list — in fact, it’s nearly all regulars. But that’s not to say there’s no churn or fresh faces. This time ’round, seven newcomers made the cut, and in the coming days were going to introduce (or reintroduce!) you to each of them. We begin with No. 55 on the 2021-22 ranking: Tom Doak’s first design in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Links.

The 15th hole at St. Patrick’s Links.

Clyde Johnson

No. 55: St. Patrick’s Links
Rosapenna, Ireland
Tom Doak (2021)

Ireland’s dunes have benefited from sand deposits over the millennia along its West Coast as exemplified by its fabled links in the Southwest, including Ballybunion, Lahinch and Waterville. Each enjoys some of the game’s most impressive landforms.

The 1st hole at St. Patrick’s Links.

Clyde Johnson

Set in the northwest county of Donegal, St. Patrick’s too will soon become a household name with golfers flocking here to experience the unbridled joy that comes from playing in and among big dunes with steady winds adding to the challenge.

The 10th hole at St. Patrick’s Links.

Clyde Johnson

The course looks like it has been there for a century, instead of having opened in 2021, which speaks volumes about the routing and the talented shapers that worked the land. Some of the interior green contours, like those found on 5, 10, 11 and 17, are as dazzling as the overall environment. Both golfers and architecture buffs should take note of the features that make the three longest par-4s (9, 11 and 16) so much fun to play.

Another view of the 15th hole at St. Patrick’s Links.

Clyde Johnson

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