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Favourite Hole: The 6th grabs the headlines but the par three 16th plays through a ring of dunes to a green that is tilted towards you. What's in the Bag? Staying on fairways is critical to your score. Rosapenna (Sandy Hills) Co. Donegal’s rich set of golf courses includes the highly impressive Rosapenna. There are 45 holes here – with more to come – and Rosapenna combines the very old with the very new: Old Tom Morris came here in the 1890s, while Sandy Hills was designed over 100 years later by Pat Ruddy. Given this stormy sea of dunes crashing over high ground, Ruddy must have been in his element as he carved fairways through the natural, rolling contours. Elevated tees promise delicious tee shots onto tossing fairways before rising to beautifully positioned greens. At times it feels as if you only come up for air between holes, to be met by the stunning vistas that are ever present over Sheephaven Bay and beyond (wait until you play the 6th). Sandy Hills is a stern test and definitely not for the faint of heart as the rough is treacherous, the wind tenacious and the bunkering far too magnetic. 126