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Hidden Gems

Wandering off the beaten track is very rewarding


In fact it’s positively encouraged!  Tucked away amongst our rolling drumlins, lakes and dramatic coastline are some perfect treasures - quirky, full of character and local history. Our long and illustrious golfing heritage means we have more than our share of courses with real personality.  But such golfing riches are to be expected, considering the sheer number of courses packed into this compact land, and the landscape itself.  This terrain is a natural for the game – varied and beautiful, with rugged spots and rolling greens. Over the decades, golf designers, both professional and avid amateurs, have exploited every dune, clifftop and riverbank to the maximum.

 

We’re proud of the unique diversity and personality of our many courses and warmly invite visitors to sample each one. Sharing our ‘best kept secrets’ is all part of the unforgettable golf experience you’ll only find here.  So pack a road map and include a few of our lesser known gems among the famous names. You’ll be very glad you did.

Just Some Ideas

Kirkistown Castle Golf Club, Cloughey, Portaferry

Kirkistown Castle is a true links and was founded in 1902. It is situated in the village of Cloughey on the eastern seaboard of the Ards peninsula making it the most easterly 18-hole golf course on the island of Ireland.

Kilkeel Golf Club, Kilkeel, Newry

Encapsulated by a wealth of unspoilt natural beauty, this superb course presents a myriad of challenging holes, while a newly built clubhouse offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for food and relaxation.

Ballycastle Golf Club, Ballycastle

Situated in an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' on the North Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland and only 20 minutes from the famous Royal Portrush Championship Links this is a course that should be included in every golfers trip. Bring your camera.

Rockmount Golf Club, Carryduff, Belfast

This masterpiece combines scenic Mourne Mountain views and testing conditions for golfers of all standards. The course has been cleverly designed so that the natural terrain is incorporated throughout the 18 holes. The signature eleventh is a par ...

Lisburn Golf Club, Lisburn

Founded in 1905, Lisburn Golf Club is steeped in history. The Championship Course is testing for every golfer and possesses a wealth of character over 18 uniquely differing holes. Mature coniferous and deciduous trees line most fairways and ...

Foyle International Golf Centre And Golf Shop, Londonderry/Derry

Foyle International Golf Centre boasts a championship standard par 71 course, set on the outskirts of the historic Walled City of Derry, overlooking the famous Donegal hills.

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