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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

Hilton Templepatrick Golf Club, Templepatrick, Ballyclare

The four star luxury Hilton Templepatrick Hotel and Country Club is situated on 220 acres of beautiful park and woodland on the Castle Upton Estate.

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.

Edenmore Golf & Country Club, Magheralin, Craigavon

Set deep in the Lagan Valley, Edenmore Golf & Country Club is just 20 minutes from Belfast. The Club has a range of facilities for all visitors, including an 18 hole championship Golf Course, Spa, Restaurant, Fitness Suite and onsite accommodation.

Kirkistown Castle Golf Club, Cloughey, Portaferry

Kirkistown Castle Golf Club is situated in the sleepy little village of Cloughey on the eastern seaboard of the Ards Peninsula in County Down, N.Ireland. It is the nearest links golf course to the city of Belfast (about 45 minutes by road)

Donaghadee Golf Club, Donaghadee

Founded in 1899, this part-seaside and partopen parkland course has several lurking water hazards to catch the unthinking shot. The eighteenth is an intimidating finishing hole with out of bounds on both left and right.

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.

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