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Overview

This destination offers the golfing enthusiast some wonderful golf and hospitality with many other attractions such as the Giants` Causeway, The Titanic Museum and Bushmills distillery. The golf has so much to commend it with so many world class courses such as the only Irish course so far to host the Open, Royal Portrush along with Royal County Down, Portstewart, Castle Rock and the rugged links of Ardglass with the oldest clubhouse in the world, a 14th century castle. Often a destination in its own right but so often two part of a Dublin trip or Scotland/Ireland trip with only a 2 hour ferry journey between.
Ardglass

A great example of true links golf Ardglass hugs the rugged north east shoreline of Northern Ireland and has some great holes and even better views. It also processes a wonderful clubhouse and very friendly, helpful staff in a building which is the oldest golf clubhouse in the world as it is a castle that can be traced back to 1405.

Castlerock

Castlerock Golf Course, Northern Ireland

As actor Michael Douglas so succinctly and accurately put it “this course is pure heaven.”

In 1900 a group of local gentlemen agreed to build a links course at Castlerock and the process began where by over a period of 19 years these locals built an 18 golf course which was testimony to their abilities. Ten years later they contracted with the legendary architect Harry Colt to refine their course to create the wonderful course we have today.

Portstewart

Portstewart Golf Course, Dublin, Ireland

The outstanding Championship Strand Course was the host for the 2017 Irish Open. Jon Rahm, the 2017 Winner was certainly impressed when he said, “the golf course is amazing. It’s probably one of the most beautiful golf courses I have ever seen, if not the most.” Portstewart pride ourselves on being a Club for all with as they say, scoring very much between yourself and Mother Nature.

Royal County Down

Royal County Down Golf Course, Dublin, Ireland

The “Golf Digest” no.1 golf course in the world

The Royal County Down Golf Club was founded in 1889 by a group of influential business and professional men from Belfast following and the emergence of Newcastle as a desirable seaside resort in Victorian times which provided the impetus for the first formal golf course.

That course was opened in 1889, and almost immediately the newly-formed council of the club, in a mixture of enthusiasm and parsimony, commissioned Old Tom Morris to travel over from St. Andrews “for a sum not to exceed £4” to inspect what existed and advise on a second nine!

He was followed by other advisors 6 times Open champion, Harry Vardon and possibly the world`s best ever architect, Harry Colt resulting in a course which has hosted the Senior British Open, The Amateur Championship, British Ladies Amateur, The Curtis Cup, Walker Cup and Irish Open.

Royal Portrush

Royal Portrush Golf Course, Dublin, Ireland

The famous Dunluce Links has been hosting major golf events for over 100 years including the Open in 1951 and more famously in 2019 when one of the greatest Opens ever saw an Irish winner on the occasion of the Open returning to the Emerald Isle after 68 years with Shane Lowery prevailing.

This great championship course staged the first Professional event in Ireland with its Club Professional; the Scot Sandy Herd, the 1902 Open champion; won in the final with 6 times Open champion, Harry Vardon. This started a trend with Honorary members Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy all being winners of at least one major championship.

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Merchant Hotel

Merchant Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Slieve Donard

Slieve Donard Hotel, Northern Ireland

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The Bushmills Inn

The Bushmills Inn Hotel, Northern Ireland

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Titanic Hotel

Titanic Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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