Trophies for the Irish Open, held in Royal County Down Golf Club in June 2015.
Playing or spectating, it’s always game on for competitive golf in Northern Ireland.
From the biggest professional tournaments to the keenest amateur competitions the best greens on the planet offer golfing events at every level of the game.
Northern Ireland's extraordinary coastline can only mean one thing for players of all levels - stunning links golf where visual spectacle meets golfing drama. Impossible sea views, towering dunes and twisting terrain give you that edge of the world feeling.
The Open Championship
Venue: Royal Portrush Golf Club
Date: 15-21 July 2019
Northern Ireland welcomes the cream of world golf for the greatest challenge of them all when The Open is staged outside of Scotland and England for only the second time in the Championship’s more than 150-year history. Sports fans from throughout Ireland and around the world are expected to descend upon the Causeway Coasal Route to watch the world’s greatest golfers compete for the iconic Claret Jug in 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Course.
The Irish Open
Image courtesy of Derek Robinson
Venue: Portstewart Golf Club
Date: 6-9 July 2017
The best attended event on the European Tour after The Open Championship is the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory foundation. It's a must-see ‘fifth major’ featuring the top Irish players and a host of international stars.
Set on Northern Ireland's stunning Causeway Coast, Portstewart Golf Course features three 18-hole layouts, with the Des Giffin-designed Strand Course, considered the jewel in the crown. Enhanced in 1986 on natural links land known as ‘Thistly Hollow’, the Strand Course has hosted numerous amateur tournaments including the 2014 Amateur Championship, which was won by Bradley Neil.
The Northern Ireland Open
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Venue: Galgorm Castle Golf Club
Date: 10-13 August 2017
Over 30,000 spectators flock to this European Challenge Tour event - The Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle Golf Club, the second tier of men’s professional golf. It’s always a wonderful festival of golf and local food, plus the chance to spot the stars of the future.
The final stepping-stone to the 'big time' of world golf. A vast amount of former European Tour Challenge Tour players have gone on to win major championships and be part of successful Ryder Cup teams including, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter and our very own Michael Hoey.
Away from the fairways, tournament week will be buzzing with activity, especially at the dedicated food festival, housed within the NI Open Village, serving up a range of Northern Ireland’s culinary delights.
Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament
Venues: Malone, Royal Belfast, Shandon Park
Date: 3-5 July 2017
Take the opportunity to be part of history and play in the inaugural Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament. Open to both men and women, the best three stableford scores count over the five days and there’s separate individual tournaments daily.
Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament
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Venues: Royal Portrush, Ballycastle, Castlerock, Ballyliffin
Date: 5-9 june 2017
The first amateur tournament of the year, an annual event in the calendar The Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament is the largest one in Europe of its kind. Played on four majestic courses on the glorious Causeway Coast; Royal Portrush, Ballycastle, Castlerock as well as Ballyliffin, County Donegal.
This is the largest gents only amateur tournament in Europe. Players from all over world come to experience the camaraderie, hospitality and magnificent setting. The tournament runs on the stableford format.
Down Summer Trophy
Venues: St. Patricks, Ardglass, Royal County Down
Date: 8-12 August
Played over three days on three different courses, 198 amateur golfers compete to be crowned the Down Summer Trophy Champion. Open to ladies and gents, played on St. Patrick's and Ardglass Golf Club with the final day sees the top 150 play on the world-renowned Royal County Down Championship Links, teeing off in the order of leader board positions. The remaining 48 golfers play the Annesley Links. Excellent closing gala dinner.
Causeway Coast and Glens Festival of Golf
Venues: Ballycastle, Roe Park, Galgorm Castle, Royal Portrush
Date: 13-18 August 2017
A real celebration bringing together golf and the delights of the Causeway Coast and Glens. Hosted by Ballycastle, Roe Park, Galgorm Castle and Royal Portrush. The Causeway Coast and Glens Festival of Golf is an event for those who really enjoy the game, but with an added hint of competitiveness. There are prizes for the best ladies and gents’ daily stableford score and overall score.
Lough Erne and Links Challenge
Venues: Lough Erne Resort, Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh Links), Narin & Portnoo Golf Club
Date: 23-27 July 2017
The Lough Erne and Links Golf Challenge offers golfers to play on three exciting courses in the Donegal and Enniskillen areas. The magnificent Faldo Championship Course at Lough Erne Golf Resort, Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh Links), Narin & Portnoo Golf Club.
The format of the competition consists of teams of 4, and there will be individual and team prizes daily. The daily Individual and overall individual prize is awarded with individual stableford points
The Great North Links Challenge
Venues: Ballyliffin, Royal Portrush, Portstewart
Date: 11-13 October
Imagine playing in 50mph winds, with heavy hailstone showers nailing a driver off the deck 155 yards into the teeth of a gale!
To some this may seem like an absolute no-no; but for true golfers, this is the ultimate test. This is not guaranteed, but there’s only one way to find out. Take part in this exciting event at three fantastic courses along the Causeway Coast.
The Great North Links Challenge takes place over three top golf courses in Ireland, Royal Portrush (Dunluce Links) and Portstewart, host of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as well as Ballyliffin Golf Club (Glashedy Links), County Donegal.