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What the golfers say...

Darren Clarke is one of the greatest advocates for playing golf in Northern Ireland.

"Discover the joys of Ulster golf and the likelihood is you will keep coming back for more," he told Renton Laidlaw, the BBC commentator and writer. "The golf's terrific!"

With more than 90 excellent parkland, heathland and links courses in such a small country-including two world championship courses at Royal Portrush and Royal County Down - you can appreciate such a passionate recommendation.

As Darren also said: "There really is something for every golfer to enjoy over and over again."

That's true whether you're here purely for the golf, a family holiday or just on business.

So many courses offer something that bit different or individual. Play against a background of stunning scenery at Ballycastle where the course lies half on the coast and half inland, Ardglass with its own castle, or County Armagh, a woodland course set within the grounds of the Palace Demesne offering excellent views of our eccelestical capital.

There's a golfing yarn that it's possible to traverse Northern Ireland by driving a ball from one course to another (it's a myth) - but no doubt invented by our welcoming local golfers just to persuade you to come over for a friendly round or two. Or three, or four, or more...

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