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Galgorm Castle Golf Club are proud hosts of the NI Open 2024.

The NI Open is 1 of the 30 tournaments played on the European Challenge Tour. The 72-hole stroke play tournament will have a cash prize of over €250,000 and will feature some of the best up-and-coming golfers from across the world.

Brandon Robinson-Thompson playing golf at Galgorm Castle Golf Club

Credit: Andy Crook  

What is the Challenge Tour?  

The European Challenge Tour is the men’s second-tier professional golf tour – for the next generation of golfers. This is where players find their feet and battle it out to secure their place in the Challenge Tour Grand Final and win one of the all-important DP World Tour cards on offer.  

See the full schedule here Schedule - Challenge Tour ( 

The tour was established in 1989 and is now widely considered as one of the best developmental tours, attracting many of the world’s top talents including:   

  • Thomas Bjørn (1995)
  • Justin Rose (1999)
  • Tommy Fleetwood (2011)
  • Brooks Koepka (2013)
  • Tyrell Hatton (2013)
  • Matt Fitzpatrick (2014)
  • Ryan Fox (2016)
  • Robert Macintyre (2018)
  • Adrian Meronk (2019)
  • Nicolai Hojgaard (2019)
  • Rasmus Hogjaard (2019)  

The top 20 players at the end of the season all earn promotion to the DP World Tour via the Road to Mallorca. The Road to Mallorca is the season-long competition played over the 30 tournaments across 19 countries, with the final showdown at Club de Golf Alcanada (Mallorca). 

Image from Galgorm Castle Golf Club of the 2023 Champion - Brandon Robinson-Thompson

Credit: Andy Crook  

More on Galgorm...  

The NI Open returns to Galgorm Castle Golf Club for the first time since 2020, and it will be the 8th time the competition has been held at the prestigious parkland course (2013-2018 and 2020).  

Galgorm Castle Golf Club have also hosted The Irish Open (2020), as well as the ISPS Handa World Invitational (2019 and 2021-2023) on the DP World Tour in recent years. The ISPS was a highly unique and ground-breaking event that allowed both men and women to compete on the same course, at the same time, to win their share of the $3 million jackpot prize. These events proved a huge success and are a testament to the high-calibre course.   

The Par-72 layout was designed by Simon Gidman and first opened in 1997. The Championship course measures at 7,276 yards in an idyllic setting where the rivers Maine and Braid come into play in many holes.  

Aerial image of Galgorm Golf Course in Ballymena

Galgorm is Northern Ireland’s internationally acclaimed Spa & Golf destination and a truly stunning experience for golfers of all levels.  

The NI Open is a free-to-attend event that will focus on engaging with the local community and create a family friendly event for golfers and non-golfers alike.   

Key dates for the NI Open 2024:

  • Monday 22nd July - Practice Day  

  • Tuesday 23rd July - Member Pro Am  

  • Wednesday 24th July - Sponsor Pro Am  

  • Thursday 25th-Sunday 28th July – Tournament Days 

Find out more about Galgorm Castle by emailing   

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