A beautiful view of the 3rd hole at Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Ballymena, county Antrim.

Day 1 

Play: Galgorm Castle Golf Club  

Home of the Northern Ireland Open.  Parkland thrills with historic features galore, from castles to Iron Age underground passages.  Rated one of Ireland’s Top Thirty Courses, worthy of the European Tour.

See:  Glenarm Castle. Family home of the Earls of Antrim for over 400 years famous for its Walled Garden.

Day 2

Play: Hilton Templepatrick Golf Club

Designed by Davids (Jones and Feherty), this is one of Ireland’s finest with 7000 yards of challenging fairways interspersed with lakes, a river and tree-dotted parklands.  The daunting par 4 13th is not for the fainthearted! 

See: Carrickfergus Castle.  Imposing Norman Castle, superbly restored. Explore 800 years of dramatic history.

Day 3

Play: Cairndhu Golf Club

Feel the wind in your hair as you tee off amid breathtaking views of Scotland and the Antrim Coast Road.  The signature par 3 second hole on an exposed headland calls for wide-ranging shot skills.   

See: Carnfunnuck Country Park.  Woodlands with maze and walled garden in the Glens of Antrim.  

Day 4 

Play:  Holywood Golf Club

Member Rory McIlroy perfected his talent here, high in the hills overlooking Belfast Lough.  Constantly changing elevation provides a bracing challenge. Rory says: “...has all the traits that develop your game from playing it regularly”.   

See:  W5. Engaging family fun discovering the magic of science with hundreds of interactive exhibits.  

Day 5

Play:  Massereene Golf Club

On the shores of Ireland’s largest lake, with links qualities and mature trees calling for accuracy.  Daunting yet refreshing for even lower handicap golfers.  The 12th hole mound dates from the 16th century as a beacon for boats. 

See:  Lough Shore Park. Stroll the paths, admire the Sperrin Mountain views.