Northern Ireland Golf

With Rory McIlroy dominating the game and the Open returning to Royal Portrush after an absence of more than 60 years, the Northern Ireland golf scene is as hot as it’s ever been in this wonderful country. Of course you’ll want to take on the big two – Harry Colt’s Royal Portrush and Old Tom’s masterful Royal County Down.

Northern Ireland Golf Guide

Northern Ireland’s golf history extends well over a century, when Royal Belfast became the first golf club on this island in 1881.

The passion quickly caught on and continues today. Northern Ireland has dozens of courses created in the late 1800s and early 1900s, many designed by some of the leading and most innovative course architects of the day, such as Harry Colt, Tom Norris and Alister McKenzie (designer of the Augusta National Golf Club).

These include our grandest Royal Portrush and Royal County Down, still just as challenging and invigorating today. In 1951 Royal Portrush became the first course on the island to host the British Open and continues to be a venue for some of the national amateur competitions.

Our historic courses have nurtured more than a few legends, among them Fred Daly MBE, Darren Clarke who is still a member of Dungannon Golf Club, and Ronan Rafferty who credits Warrenpoint Golf Club with his early development.

Northern Ireland’s rich cultural heritage means you’ll find 10,000 years of history as you explore many of our courses. Ruins of medieval castles, stone farmhouses, ancient walls and bridges are all part of the terrain here. Many of our finest courses have been carved out in the grounds of country estates and our challenging golf courses continue to make history. Our most recent, designed by Nick Faldo, is the Lough Erne Golf Resort, Enniskillen.

Top Northern Ireland Golf Courses

* Dunluce Course, Royal Portrush
* Valley Course, Royal Portrush
* Royal County Down Golf Course
* Royal Belfast Golf Course
* Faldo Course, Lough Erne
* Castle Hume Course, Lough Erne
* Castlerock Golf Course
* Ardglass Golf Course
* Holywood Golf Course
* Galgorm Castle Golf Course
* Strand Course, Portstewart
* Ballycastle Golf Course

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Northern Ireland Golf Packages

Royal County Down, Portrush & Belfast - 7 Night Golf Package

~ From $2380
7 Nights 5 Rounds
Dates: Now - 12/31/17

Royal County Down, Portrush & Belfast - 4 Round Golf Package

~ From $1495
4 Nights 4 Rounds
Dates: Now - 12/31/17

Custom Northern Ireland Golf Package - Rory McIlroy Backyard

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Dates: Now - 12/31/17


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Local Tee Times

Many of the golf courses you will wish to play are private golf clubs and therefore have limited tee times and restrictions on visitor play. Often demand outstrips supply, so it is never too early to begin planning your golf vacation.


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Weather and Forecast

The weather in this part of the world can be unpredictable, and you do need to be prepared for all kinds at any time of year. Having said that, in order to get the full UK and Ireland golf experience, every golfer should relish a dose of challenging weather at least once during their stay! Although it is possible to play golf year-round, we view April as the start of the season. For the avid golfer who is looking to play 36 holes (or more) in one day, June and July have the longest daylight hours with play possible until 10pm!


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