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Royal County Down

World Class Golf

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.

Just Some Ideas

Robinhall House Golf Experience, Newtownards

Golf fans across the world can now literally walk in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy and play a round of golf on the course/practice facility that the world’s number one golfer designed and built himself.

Clandeboye Golf Club, Newtownards

36 Holes. There are two courses in wooded undulating parkland/heathland with clusters of gorse bushes and copses ready to claim the wayward shots.

Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portrush

Founded in 1888, the legendary Royal Portrush Golf Club has two Championship Courses - the renowned Dunluce Course and the smaller, but equally enjoyable Valley Course.

Malone Golf Club, Dunmurry, Belfast

A secluded parkland course in gently undulating countryside on the outskirts of Belfast. The present Ballydrain site is the club’s fourth home since it was founded in 1895, and is now complete with a 27 hole facility.

Ardglass Golf Club, Ardglass, Downpatrick

Located 30miles from Belfast on the beautiful County Down coast, Ardglass Golf Club is links as it should be.

Warrenpoint Golf Club, Warrenpoint, Newry

This very attractive parkland course overlooking the dramatic scenery of Carlingford Lough has hosted several high profile events including the Irish Professional Championship and a Ladies’ European Tour.

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