Dedicated followers of golfing lore would have known about the double "Royals" of Northern Ireland for years but recently the exploits of Messrs. Clarke, McIlroy and McDowell has sprung this tiny part of the world into the forefront of every golfer's mind.
The courses these Major winners grew up playing are simply phenomenal and NEED to be on every golfer's bucket-list. 2019 was incredibly special with the 148th Open Championship leaving mainland Britain for the first time in 58 years to be played over the hallowed turf of Royal Portrush Golf Club and Shane Lowry adding his name to the list above.
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The list to your right is by no means exhaustive and if you would like to mix-it-up with some more lesser known but highly memorable courses just say the word. If you fancied a little break from the "Links" courses, there is also the option of playing some of Ireland's best traditional "Parkland" courses such as; Royal Belfast, Belvoir Park or even Rory's old stomping ground Hollywood Golf Club.
Arrive into Dublin Airport where you driver will be waiting or where you can collect your rental car. Drive north to the Derry or Donegal coastline where you will base for 2 nights. Some like to acclimatise but there is the potential to play a course today if you're feeling energetic after the red-eye.
Home to two world-class links courses; Ballyliffin's Glashedy Course was the 2018 Irish Open host where all media and pros raved about the course and its surroundings. In fact, the courses are so scenic that years ago Nick Faldo wanted to buy the property before he even landed from his chopper!
Ballyliffin is the most northerly course in Ireland, located on the Malin Head peninsula.
Again home to two courses, the Mussenden is the course that we recommend. Ben Sayers & Harry Colt both a hand in the design and to their credit, its pure magic. Its illustrious neighbours shouldn't sway you from playing this outstanding course AND on a clear day you can see the coast of Scotland to the north.
Recent works in preparation for the 2017 Irish Open (won by Jon Rahm) have only increased peoples' admiration for this awe-inspiring course. Good luck even walking down the first, as the view might just stop you in your tracks! Have the camera charged and ready! Gigantic dunes and an excellent design combine for a truly memorable 18 holes.
What can we say that hasn't already been said - the Dunluce course at Royal Portrush is amazing. So good in fact that it is the first (and only) course to have hosted the Open Championship that wasn't on mainland Britain. In 2019 the course hosted the 148th Championship won by Ireland's Shane Lowry. If you didn't attend the Open, then make a plan to get there at your earliest convenience.
After golf today, transfer southwest to Newcastle in the county of Down.
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Famed for its undulating terrain and elevated position giving wonderful views of the Irish coastline, Ardglass can sometimes be missed if concentrating only on its "Royal" neighbour a few miles down the coast. But, what a mistake that would be. A trip to Ardglass is a must, if only to step into the world's oldest clubhouse which was once a 14th century castle.
The number one ranked course in the world outside of the United States and a personal favourite of all the staff at Links Golf Ireland. Royal Co. Down is as stunning as it is entertaining and as fun to play. It is a roller-coaster from start to finish with numerous blind shots that require faith in your ability. The Mourne mountains provide a spectacular backdrop and a truly fitting end to your stay here in Ireland.
All good things must come to an end...unfortunately!
Your hotel is approximately 1.5 hours from Dublin airport.
Time to begin the process for your next trip to the Emerald Isle!
Due to a number of variables, the cost for this tour is flexible and will be determined once we create a customised tour proposal for your group.