Kirkistown Castle is a true links and was founded in 1902. Situated in the village of Cloughey on the eastern seaboard of the Ards Peninsula making it the most easterly 18-hole golf course in Ireland. The present course layout was designed in 1934 by the legendary James Braid. Little has changed since and few would argue that this Braid gem has not stood the test of time. The course consists of two loops of 9 holes each starting and ending in the vicinity of the clubhouse. The course has a tremendous variety of holes including some elevated greens and elevated tees making perfect use of two hillocks at either end of the course. Kirkistown Castle is widely regarded as one of the best PAR 69 courses you are ever likely to encounter. But don’t be put off by the PAR of 69. This course is longer than some courses with a PAR of 71 and this is reflected in the SSS of 70 and a Slope Rating of 121. It features some long and strong PAR 4s and some varied and interesting PAR 3s giving it an enviable reputation as a challenging but very enjoyable test of golf. The signature hole, the PAR 4 10th, at 435 yards with out of bounds all along the left, subtle bunkering on the right and an elevated green surrounded by white thorn, gorse and links rough, is reputed to be one of the most difficult PAR 4s in Irish golf. The wonderful variety of holes will test every facet of your golf game and, being situated on the Irish Sea coast, wind is usually another ‘hazard’ to be added to those already on the course. Every day is a new and different challenge and you will never get bored playing this course. Kirkistown Castle is a golfing experience not to be missed. Come and see for yourself - you will not be disappointed.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.
Green fees:Weekdays £27.50,
Weekends / Bank Holidays £33
Best days to play:Monday - Friday
Golf Club:Type of course: Links/Seaside
Course professional: Yes
Length in yards:6,167
Course designer:James Braid
Handicap/certificate requirements:None required
Par of course:69
Opening times:Daily from 8am until dusk
Location / Directions
From Belfast: 26 Miles – ( 45 Minutes )
Travel Route: Belfast (A20) – Newtownards – Greyabbey – Kircubbin (B173) – Cloughey
From Dublin: 130 Miles – ( 2 Hours 30 Minutes )
Travel Route Dublin (M1:A1): Hillsborough(B178) – Carryduff (B178) – Comber (A121) – Newtownards (A20) – Greyabbey – Kircubbin (B173) – Cloughey
Travel Route Dublin (M1): Newry – Castlewellan (A25) – Downpatrick (A25) – Strangford/Portaferry (A2) – Cloughey
- Pro shop
- Trollies available
- Golf buggies
- 18 holes
- Restaurant onsite
- Dress code
- Links course
- Putting Green
- Tuition Available
- Club Hire
- Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
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