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).
Northern Ireland is made for golf with some of the most famous in the world created by our magical landscapes. Royal Portrush and Royal County Down regularly feature in world rankings, with Royal County Down being rated the number one course by Golf Digest in 2016. In 2019, The Open will return to Royal Portrush, the first time since 1951 when it was the first course in Ireland to host this prestigious tournament.
Legends are made here. Some of the most well-known names in golf hail from these parts - Fred Daly, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and a certain Rory McIlroy have all learned their trades on our courses.
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.