The club was founded in 1894 on land leased from Henry Middleton. He was an uncle of W.B. Yeats, the famous poet and Nobel Prize winner for literature, and his brother Jack B. Yeats, the noted landscape painter. The links are set out on one of the most scenic locations in Ireland - bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the west; Benbulben dominates the view on the northern skyline and bears a striking resemblance to Cape Town's Table Mountain. To the east lie Glencar Valley and the Dartry Mountains with Lugnagall and Truskmore, while the southern vista is completed by Knocknarea, topped by a large Cairn of stones reputed to be the grave of the ' Warrior Queen Maeve of Connaught'.
The Championship Course, a centenarian with all the dignity and maturity of age, is one of Ireland's great championship links. The club has hosted most of Ireland's major championships in its long and venerable history. Three large beaches beneath the cliffs keep the Atlantic Ocean at bay. Benbulben Mountain competes with the ocean for scenic splendour on the land side. The wind from the sea is a constant factor but the 3rd, 5th, 10th and 14th holes have very satisfying downhill drives to compensate. The course was designed by Harry Colt in 1927. A strong first drive is required throughout most of this course, whilst second shots also require skill to meet visible greens. Players need to be aware of trouble in the form of bunkers, hollows and railway sleeper lined streams which may not be seen from the playing position. The 5th, 8th, 14th and 16th are ones to watch. The 12th is ‘The Lighthouse’ which takes you almost out to sea. A fabulous course where the wind will be a friend to you whilst you enjoy the amazing scenery all around.