Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland should be on every true aficionado’s list of ‘things to do while your swing is still true’! The unspoilt coastline is home to some of the best links golf in the world and passion for the game here has grown from strength to strength since its origins in the 19th century.

Of course, producing three major champions and a new world number one all in the last few years has helped enormously! Moreover, 2019 is destined to be a truly momentous year for golf in Northern Ireland. The British Open, golf’s oldest and most international tournament, is returning - after 68 long years - when the world’s finest will be competing in July for the famous Claret Jug over the Dunluce Links, at Royal Portrush.

Here’s a brief overview of the courses we can offer you as part of our range of luxury golfing programmes;

Portstewart Strand Course is the oldest and most distinguished of the three courses at Portsewart. Founded in 1884 as a nine-hole course, it was extended to twelve holes in 1904 and then eighteen in 1934 to make it more of a challenging round. Over the years, more and more holes were designed and added until it has become what it is today - the masterpiece of Northern Irish golfing. This is a course which is perfect for those of you who like a challenge. It isn’t surprising that since 1931, Portstewart has been the venue for many championship events including 2017 Open Championship.

Ardglass Golf Club is situated on the beautiful County Down coast. Its links course on the wild and rugged coastline is everything you would want if you relish a true test of your golfing prowess. The constant wind off the sea, together with the narrow fairways and small firm greens, means any mistakes will be severely punished! The clubhouse is the oldest in the world, dating back to at least the 1400s and possibly even earlier. This course is an absolute must for the true connoisseur of golfing history and course design craftsmanship.

Ballyliffin Golf Club is Ireland's most northerly golf links, situated close to Carndonagh and Malin Head on Donegal's glorious Inishowen Peninsula. The course covers 365 acres of spectacular dune land and is almost totally surrounded by rolling hills and mountains, bordered by the Atlantic. Both the Old and the Glashedy Links are masterpieces, carved out of the sand dunes and with artfully sculpted bunkers.  

Castlerock Golf Club is a classic links course set amid towering sand dunes. It's situated on the famously dramatic and rugged Causeway coast, a short 20-minute drive from both Royal Portrush Golf Club and Portstewart Golf Club. While playing a round here, you’ll find that the wind is your constant companion, so it’s essential to keep your ball in play. The good news is that if your short game is up to scratch, you'll fare well on the rapid greens. The 200-yard par-three signature 4th hole - the Leg O’ Mutton - is just one of the countless challenges you'll face, all surrounded by the extraordinary natural beauty of a remarkably peaceful setting, with views that you will cherish for a long time.

Royal Portrush Dunluce Links (2019 Open Championship venue) follows the natural contours and dunes of the links land it is built on to stunning effect. Try to avoid the forbidding and formidable rough and be prepared to test your putting skills on the skilfully designed greens. Combined with exposure to the wild and unpredictable Atlantic winds Dunluce tests the skills of even the most seasoned of aficionados. Look out for the Par-3 14th, where you tee off across a yawning chasm. Known locally as ‘Calamity Corner’, the clue is in the name!

Royal County Down, founded in 1889, is rich in golfing history and tradition. Originally consisting of just nine holes, Old Tom Morris was commissioned to develop a second nine. In just over a year the new 18-hole course was open and ready for play, with Morris having moved very little earth. Instead, he simply worked with the natural contours of the land. The resulting golf course is exceptional, and it's no stranger to major events, having hosted the Irish Open in recent years. Rory McIlroy calls Royal County Down his favourite golf course in the world, and it’s easy to see why. In fact, as recently as 2018 Royal County Down was voted best in the World by Golf Digest.

For more details about our unique golfing experiences, please visit our Ireland experience page. 

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