Golf Holidays in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is surrounded by spectacular scenery, which makes it a great place for various outdoor activities, including a game of golf. Indeed, it is an excellent idea to spend golf holidays in Northern Ireland because it has many beautiful golf courses where you can practice your swing or play with your family while enjoying some breathtaking views.

Founded in 1881, the Royal Belfast Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Northern Ireland, which is also one of the reasons for its popularity. Designed by H.S. Colt, the course presents various challenges for golfers, while at the same time providing relaxing views of the Antrim Plateau and the Belfast Lough just beyond.

Located in Newcastle, the Royal County Down Golf Club is also an old golf club which is known for providing spellbinding views of the Mourne Mountains and having two links courses. The first, called Championship Links, is a challenging one designed for genuine golf enthusiasts while the second one, Annesley Links, can be enjoyed by those spending leisurely holidays in Northern Ireland.

The Castlerock Golf Club has two links courses, as well – the more challenging 18-hole Mussenden Course and the easier but equally enjoyable 9-hole Bann Course. Designed by Ben Sayers, both courses offer breathtaking views, since they are both surrounded by streams, sand hills and other amazing natural landscapes.

The favorite destination of those spending golf holidays in Northern Ireland, though, is the Royal Portrush Golf Club, which is also listed as one of the top 20 golf courses in the world. It has two links courses – the Valley course and the famous Dunluce course, which is considered one of the most challenging courses in the world. In fact, the 5th hole called ‘White Rock’ is difficult even for the most experienced golfers.

The Ballycastle Golf Club has a good golf course, too, which is part parkland and part links – the first five holes located on parkland and the rest located on links. This offers a diversity of challenges for golfers as well as different views of the coast and nearby mountains which are all equally spectacular.

You can play golf at the Radisson Roe Park, as well. Although one of the most recent golf courses in Northern Ireland, the 18-hole parkland course is already a popular one and is well known for its challenging water features. There are excellent golfing facilities around the course, too, such as a driving range and a putting green, as well as an excellent hotel right nearby where you can spend the night after spending a day on the course.

There are several other excellent golf courses, too, such as the Clandeboye Golf Club in Bangor and the Ardglass Golf Club in Downpatrick. And if you want to take a break from golf, there are also many other interesting things to do and see. This way, you’ll surely enjoy your holidays in Northern Ireland.