Holywood Golf Club, County Down
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Holywood Golf Club
Kick-off your trip by following in the footsteps of one of the world’s greatest golfers. The fairways of Holywood Golf Club forged the skills of four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy. This 6118-yard, par-66 parkland course sits high in Northern Ireland’s very own Holywood Hills, giving you stunning views of Belfast Lough and the eastern end of the Causeway Coastal Route.
For a truly unforgettable dining experience, get to Rayanne House. You can sit down to the very menu served aboard the Titanic. It’s a once-in-a lifetime chance for foodies and history enthusiasts to time-travel and get a taste of life aboard the world’s most iconic ship, one of Northern Ireland’s greatest exports.
Royal Belfast Golf Club
This is a true taste of history. Royal Belfast is the oldest golf course in Ireland, and still retains so much of its original charm. That endurance is a testament to the skill of the course’s designer, the famous H.S. Colt. You’ll adore the challenge of this classic par-70 course and reliving your best shots in the Victorian clubhouse afterwards.
Scrabo Golf Club
A beautiful and challenging course with stunning views over Strangford Lough, Scrabo Golf Club is set in the shadows of the famous 19th Century Scrabo Tower. The par 4 1st hole was described as one of the best opening holes in Ireland by the late, great Christy O’Connor Senior.
Kirkistown Castle Golf Club
You’ll find the island’s most easterly golf course in the tiny village of Cloughey, perched out there on the edge of the Ards Peninsula. The legendary golf course architect James Braid designed its layout in 1934 and little has changed since. It’s still a tough round for any golfer. With 6167 windswept yards to negotiate, you’ll need a good strategy to even get close to the course par of 69.
In the seaside idyll of Portaferry, you’ll find a traditional little pub full of surprises. Fiddler’s Green is a family-run pub and hotel that’s always overflowing with characters, live music and great Guinness. It’s even home to one of the famous Doors of Thrones. One of only 10 such doors, it was hand carved from a fallen tree at The Dark Hedges, one of dozens of the filming locations here in Game of Thrones® Territory.
Clandeboye Golf Club
Situated in the country surrounds of Lady Dufferin’s Estate, the Dufferin Course at Clandeboye Golf Club is one of the Highest Rated Championship Courses in Ireland.
An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Ards Peninsula is famous for picturesque villages, a wealth of history and welcoming locals who’ll be delighted to share tips on how to explore a beautiful region which is a haven for golfers!
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