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.
The Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle is also one of the oldest golf clubs in Northern Ireland. Like the Royal Belfast Golf Club, it offers spellbinding scenery, particularly of the famous Mourne Mountains. It offers two link courses – the Championship Links for expert and experienced golfers, and the relatively easier Annesley Link for families spending holidays in Northern Ireland.
You will find two links golf courses at the Royal County Down Golf Club, as well, both of which provide amazing views of the coast. The more popular course is the Mussenden Course, which has 18 holes and an SSS of 72, although the 9-hole Bann Course can be a treat for golfers, too.
The best golf club in Northern Ireland, though, is the Royal Portrush Golf Club. In fact, it is considered one of the best in the entire world. The Dunluce Course is particulary popular because of its challenging holes, such as ‘White Rock’ and ‘Calamity’, which are difficult even for professional golfers spending holidays in Northern Ireland.
For a course that is part parkland and part links, head out to the Ballycastle Golf Club. The first five holes are located on parkland, while the remaining ones are on dunes and hillsides with stunning views of the Sea of Moyle, the Glenshesk Valley and Knocklayd Mountain.
The Radisson Roe Park golf course is a good choice as well. Although parkland, the 18-hole course is by no means easy, especially because of its challenging water features. You can stay at the Radisson Roe Park Hotel, too, so you can enjoy the course to the fullest while getting luxury accommodations.
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.
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