Northern Ireland and Dublin Golf

Northern Ireland and Dublin Golf Vacations Packages

Northern Ireland in this land called Ulster lay some of the best golf courses in the world. Royal Portrush is the only course in Ireland to have hosted the British Open in 1951. Royal County Down ranked #1 and Royal Portrush #4 in Golf Digests 2009 Top 100 Golf Courses outside the US. Sights include the Mourne Mountains overlooking Strangford Lough and the vast inland sea of Lough Neagh plus the Giant’s Causeway. Non-stop air service via Continental Airlines from Newark, NJ to Belfast makes travel to play golf in Northern Ireland easy. Fly into Dublin and out Belfast with arranged ground transfers in the middle for a great spilt stay Ireland golf itinerary.

Recommended golf courses

Royal County Down

Founded in 1889, this is the second oldest course in Northern Ireland. Royal County Down is an 18-hole links course, 6,968 yards, par 71. It is in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains. The rising peaks of Slieve Donard can be seen in the distance. The scenery of this course is exhilarating. This is one of the most photographed golf courses in the world.

Royal Portrush Golf Club

Founded in 1888, the course was granted the title of ‘Royal’ in 1895 when the Prince of Wales, later, King Edward VII was invited to become a patron. This was the only course outside of Britain to host the British Open in 1951. There are three courses here. Dunluce is an 18-hole links course, 7,460 yards, and par 72. Valley is an 18-hole links course, 6,900 yards, par 70. There is also a nine-hole pitch and putt course.

Portstewart Golf Club

This Northern Ireland club was founded in 1894 and redesigned in 1933 by H.S. Colt. The course’s natural shape provides an excellent 18-hole links course on 6,784 yards and a par 72. There are elevated tees and rolling valleys, with the first hole being truly unique. The course is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the River Bann.

Portmarnock Golf Club

Established in 1894, the course was designed by W.C. Pickerman and George Ross. The course is an 18-hole links, at 7,136 yards, par 72. A unique feature of the course is, no two consecutive holes are laid in the same direction. The golfer is at the mercy of the breezes of the Irish Sea.

The European Club, Dublin

This course was founded in 1992 and designed by Pat Ruddy.  The club has 20 holes, each with a signature of a renowned golfer. There are rugged dunes, natural sand hazards, sea breezes from the Wicklow coast, and large, undulating, fast-running greens. The course is 7,490 yards and par 77.

K- Club, Dublin

The Palmer Ryder Cup layout is a beautiful parkland course and most recently hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup. The course covers an area of mature woodland to the west of Dublin City to which fourteen lakes have been added. The course has grown in stature to provide a very stern test.

Recommended Golf Accommodations

The Portmarnock Hotel

Sits on Ireland’s stunning east coast, in the heart of Ireland’s golfing region. The hotel boasts an internationally acclaimed 18-hole golf course which is considered to be one of Ireland’s premier courses. It offers 98 luxurious guest rooms, all elegantly decorated and designed to ensure guest benefit from either sea views or views across the golf course. All rooms offer the facilities needed to ensure guests experience the utmost in luxury. A fitness room and health spa are also available.  

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is arguably the finest hotel in Northern Ireland. Whilst you can still enjoy the unique Victorian features that this over one hundred year old property has to offer including the magnificent chandeliers and aged oak panelling, it now boasts one of the most luxurious Spa facilities in the country. The rooms are the epitome of luxury, no detail has been spared in finish and quality and they are an absolute must for any golfer wishing to experience the pinnacle of comfort.

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