Golf Among the Giants Along the Shores of Ulster
Home to just 2 million people, Northern Ireland punches above its weight in the world of golf. With major champions and championship links venues alike, golf has become an integral part of the county’s identity. Juggernauts Royal County Down and Royal Portrush share the limelight, but next to each are a few other coastal gems that shouldn’t be missed.
Royal County Down-Championship
Royal Portrush-DunluceHistory, beauty, strategy, challenge, ambiance: the 2019 Open Championship host has it all. With views up the cliffs to Dunluce Castle, the signature 5th probably stands out. However, after a successful redesign project in advance of the 148th Open, there are no weak holes on this Harry Colt masterpiece.
Royal County Down-ChampionshipGolf Digest's top course in the world for several years running, RCD is nestled at the base of the Mourne Mountains and is truly a sight to behold. Don't get lost in the scenery though; focus and strategy are paramount if you want to successfully navigate across and around the hollows and burrows that challenge golfer's on just about every hole.
Portstewart-StrandFrom the very first tee shot, it is abundantly clear that Portstewart is something special. Throughout the first nine it feels as though you may be swallowed by gigantic dunes before the back opens up with views across the River Bann and beyond. Don't be fooled by John Rahm's record score of 24 under in the 2017 Irish Open, the Strand is anything but easy.
PortmarnockDublin's crown jewel, Portmarnock Golf Club is highly respected and universally praised as one of the world's best links designs thanks to its brilliant layout that is natural, playable and fair. The experience is less vivid and more nuanced, as history abounds amidst striking simplicity.
ArdglassArdglass is one of the most picturesque courses in Ireland and tons of fun. Golfers set out from the shadows of a 15th-century castle clubhouse, the oldest in golf, across a great mix of clifftop holes and risk-reward inland holes and inevitably leave wanting more.
CastlerockCastlerock shares the Causeway Coast with the likes of Portrush and Portstewart but feels more genuine and authentic. The first tee sets off from the dunes near town-center and the course follows the railway out towards the River Bann before turning back into the heart of the course at the 6th and ending back among the dunes that beautifully frame the eighteenth. Make sure to add a quick nine on the dramatic neighboring Bann Course which showcases the biggest dunes on the property.
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Royal County Down
5 Nights, 4 Rounds
What You Can Expect:
The best golf in Northern Ireland is concentrated in pockets on both the northern and southern coastlines and this itinerary makes a stop in each. A few days in County Antrim in the north will allow you to play championship golf, drink local whiskey, and see the stunning Giant’s Causeway. Then you will head south though Belfast to Newcastle, where the Mourne Mountains rise high above the mighty links of Royal County Down.
Royal County Down
7 Nights, 6 Rounds
What You Can Expect:
Adding a few rounds to extend a Northern Ireland-focused is a no-brainer for a lot of clients. Castlerock shares the same stretch of County Antrim coastline with Royal Portrush and Portstewart and Portmarnock is just 20 minutes from the Dublin Airport for a great final round. If time permits, you can even see a bit of the Dublin city-center and perhaps grab at pint at the top of the Guinness Storehouse.
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*Prices are based on 8 participants staying in shared 3/4-star accommodations and using the service of a dedicated vehicle and driver. Prices are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations.
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