Northern Ireland has many golf courses, in fact over 100! It can boast two of the world’s premier links, and has a strong association with one of the world’s best golfers, the very talented Rory McIlroy. Access to these fantastic courses is easy. Fly into Belfast or Aldergrove, hire yourself a car and you could be teeing off within half an hour. All courses are with 90-120 minutes drive of each other and Northern Ireland has good roads and better drivers!
More notable courses are, Royal Portrush – Portstewart and Royal County Down. Then there is Royal Belfast – Ardglass and Holywood. Ardglass is a short drive from Royal County Down, should be on any golfers to play list. It’s a cliff top course with stunning coastal holes and a friendly gothic style clubhouse, it’s also great to play. The same could be said of Royal Belfast, although for different reasons. Royal Belfast is the oldest members club in Ireland and is believed to be the origin of the game in Ireland. Hollywood, which is just ‘up the road’ is Rory McIlroy’s home course and also superb to play. Well it must be!
The R&A has announced the 148th Open will be played at Royal Portrush in 2019, marking a historic return to Northern Ireland for golf’s oldest and most international Championship after nearly 70 years.