North and Northern Ireland
County Louth Golf Club
South of Belfast are two dream courses – Royal County Down, a links course in the shadow of the Mourne Mountains on the edge of Dundrum Bay and Ardglass, a scenic seaside course providing a challenge for serious golfers yet offering lesser mortals the opportunity of compiling a respectable score. North of Belfast is a championship parkland course set in the grounds of Ireland’s most historic castle – Galgorm Castle. It is a wonderful spacious course in a mature parkland setting and includes two rivers and five lakes. Royal Portrush has been portrayed by many golfers as one of the most challenging courses in the world, requiring skill and concentration. A close neighbor, Portstewart, is a wonderful course dominated by a huge dunescape offers you 54 holes of challenging links golf.
Dunluce Course – One of Ireland’s most famous links courses. The Dunluce course is laid out in a marvelous stretch of natural golfing country. Through a tangle of sandhills, the course threads its way, with the sweeping contours of dunes lending infinite variety of the game. Situated east of Portrush occupying a triangle of giant sandhills, from the highest point of which is an amazing view. The hills of Donegal in the west, the Isle of Islay and the southern Hebrides in the north with the Giants Causeway and the Skerries to the east.
Length 6641 yds: Par 73: SSS 73
Valley Course – The Valley Course lies between the East Strand and the Dunluce course. Its characteristics are very much that of a links course with undulating sandhills, remarkably dry and in some places below sea level.
Length 6273 yds: Par 70: SSS 71
A difficult, but open links course giving magnificent view of Donegal Hills, the rolling Atlantic, Strand Beach and the River Bann (especially from the 1st, 5th and 12th tees). The greens are fast and true. This 18 hole links course is of championship standard.
A true links course featuring the 4th hole with a burn on the left and a railway on the right! The club claims the best greens in Ireland for twelve months in the year. Castlerock can sometimes be underestimated, or not appreciated for the magnificent links course that it is with its superb view to Donegal and over to Scotland.
Royal County Down
This course offers an exhilarating challenge to even the most experienced golfers. The beautiful setting of this links course is outstanding and the Mountains of Mourne rise up from the Irish Sea in all their glory. Watch for this courses five blind tee shots and several partially obscured approach shots making for a challenging round.
Length 7037 yds: Par 71: SSS 74