Rory McIlroy's treasured Ballyliffin Golf Club is in a hole
Rory McIlroy's favourite Irish golf course is inches away from disaster, patrons have warned.
Ballyliffin Golf Club, Ireland's most northerly course, has seen natural defences washed away in spring storms.
Now the 13th green is perilously close to crashing into the Atlantic Ocean at the club in Inishowen, north Donegal.
World number one McIlroy is a frequent visitor to the links course; and has visited it before taking on The Open.
Club officials want to bid to host the Irish Open there in 2019. But red tape is preventing the club from reinforcing the sand dunes because it is in an area of special scientific interest.
"We are in danger of losing our course completely," warned Ballyliffin chief executive John Farren.
"We are expecting very high tides again this autumn and if that (Atlantic) ocean water comes over and into the 13th green we could lose the whole lot."