The 6th hole on the Malone Golf Club, Belfast
If parkland golf is your bag, Northern Ireland’s lush fairways offer a wonderful world of must-play experiences that will stay long in the memory.
The choice is big, wide and friendly, and exploring the game away from the classic links courses on the coast means you are sure of a whole new golfing landscape with superb scenery and backdrops.
For prestigious parkland courses, you’d be hard pressed to find a better collection than those in and around Belfast.
Crowned by the likes of Malone, centred around a large trout lake, and Shandon Park, famous for the quality of its greens, the tests for golfers here are excellent. It’s very easy to combine a round with the attractions of Belfast, and don’t miss the chance to play in the rolling hills of Holywood Golf Club, Rory McIlroy's home track, 10 minutes from the city centre.
Around the countryside, Northern Ireland’s many parkland courses are just as beguiling. At Tandragee you can see three counties from the tenth, and at Galgorm Castle, the home of the Northern Ireland Open, you are in the surrounds of a historic country estate. It’s a stern test, as is the championship track at Foyle Golf Centre, on the outskirts of the historic Walled City of Derry.
In the Fermanagh lakelands, it’s no surprise water comes in to play around the stunning Lough Erne Resort. Featuring two championship runs, this is a great destination for ladies and gents who want to combine a love of golf and luxury.