Great Golf on the Emerald Isle

With the Open Championship returning to Northern Ireland next year for only the second time in its 159-year history, the province enjoys a choice of courses entirely disproportionate to its size. Anyone who believes that Royal Portrush is the total of the island’s offer is sure to be very pleasantly surprised

The prestigious Irish Open has top quality field to tee it up year after year

Remarkably for a small country with a population of under two-million, Northern Ireland boasts a glittering array of world-class professional talent. Major winners Rory McIlroy, who hails from Holywood, County Down,

Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke, who both hail from Portrush, And, such is the accessibility for visitors, there is not a golf course or club where those seeking to follow in the footsteps of these, Major champions will be anything less than welcoming, and with open arms.

Despite the question of the Irish border being regularly mentioned in Brexit dispatches, indeed, one can crisscross the frontier several times in the one day without even knowing it. With the passing of time and generations, the so-called ‘Troubles,’ which afflicted Ireland over many years are very much a thing of the past. Locals on both sides of the border as friendly and welcoming as it is possible to get.

Arguably the most exciting and challenging is Northern Ireland’s North and West Coast Links, featuring an array of great golf courses suitable for visitors from scratch and low-handicap players to those playing purely for fun. A range of golf courses ideally suited for all members of family and friends.

Connemara Championship Golf Links, Enniscrone Golf Club and Co. Sligo Golf Club are founding members of the destination marketing group. Followed by Rosapenna Golf Links, Ballyliffin Golf Club, where Scotsman Russell Knox won the 2018 Irish Open. Portstewart Golf Club, where Spaniard John Rahm won the Irish Open in 2017 and, ultimately, Royal Portrush Golf Club, the jewel in the area’s crown.