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Golf in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's extraordinary coastline offers stunning links golf for golfers of all levels. On Northern Ireland’s links courses visual spectacle meets golfing drama. Incredible sea views, towering dunes and twisting terrain give you that edge of the world feeling. If parkland golf is your thing, then Northern Ireland’s lush fairways offer a wonderful world of must-play experiences that will stay long in the memory.

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Golf in Northern Ireland
In total there are 96 golf clubs in Northern Ireland. The best golf courses in Northern Ireland are: Royal County Down Golf Club, Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portstewart Golf Club, Ardglass Golf Club, Lough Erne Resort and Carnalea Golf Club. You will also find plenty of the best golf resorts in Northern Ireland, like Slieve Donard Hotel and Lough Erne Resort. In Northern Ireland, the climate is relatively warm and temperate. Northern Ireland is a region with a significant rainfall. Even in the driest month there is a lot of rain. So, when you travel to Northern Ireland to golf, make sure to pack warm clothes and waterproof golf gear.

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9.5
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Played on: 25 June 2018 Review date: 9 July 2018Handicap:
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Royal County Down Golf Club
With regards to the championship course it certainly lives up to its billing as arguably the best golf course on British & Irish soil and one that vies for the title of being the greatest in the world. I don’t quite put it into that lofty bracket but it is unquestionably superb and rightly celebrated. The canvas at County Down is perfect for golf and it paints the most c…
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9.6
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Played on: 27 June 2018 Review date: 9 July 2018Handicap:
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Royal Portrush Golf Club
I don’t think I would ever accept the notion that a golf course is perfect – not even The Old Course at St. Andrews – but boy does Royal Portrush come close. Tantalisingly close. To say I was completely and utterly blown away by the sheer quality and golfing aura that surrounds what will be the 2019 Open Championship venue is a gross understatement. Writing this review a…
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9.9
T.Cordero
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Played on: 5 July 2018 Review date: 6 July 2018Handicap: 14.5
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Royal County Down Golf Club
Merece sin lugar a dudas posición altísima en el ranking de campos Europeos. Un puro links, todo muy natural y con gran penalización en los bunkers. Casi todas las partidas con forecaddy, muy recomendable para disfrutar el campo.
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8.9
Leonard
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Played on: 26 September 2019 Review date: 30 September 2019Handicap: 17
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Royal Portrush Golf Club
Royal Portrush (Dunluce Links Course) was host to The Open in 2019 for the first time in 68 years that it was organised in (Northern) Ireland. Well in my opinion it can come back sooner (rumours are that it will be back in 2026). If it is, then please play it before and go there to see how the big boys play it. The course is designed by top architect Harry S. Colt and if …
FAQ's about golf in Northern Ireland
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What is the best golf course in Northern Ireland?
Royal County Down Golf Club is the best golf course in Northern Ireland. Out of 96 golf courses in Northern Ireland, the rating 9.5 of Royal County Down Golf Club is the highest. Click here to view the 10 best golf courses in Northern Ireland
Is Northern Ireland good for golf?
A 9.3 rating indicates Northern Ireland is outstanding as a golf destination. This rating is based on several elements, like the average rating of golf clubs within this destination and the density of above-average golf clubs.
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