Northern Ireland may have been troubled by conflict in recent times but it’s one of the most beautiful home countries with stunning coastlines – some with causeways built by giants – sparkling lakes and misty mountains. But perhaps Northern Ireland’s most precious asset lies in the strength and quality of its golf courses.
Around 100 golf courses serve a population of less than 2 million people. Northern Ireland may be the least populated of the four UK countries but it is the proud owner of two world-class golf courses and many hidden gems.
We feature more than a quarter of Northern Ireland's courses, all of which deserve close examination. But if you doubt the country’s golf course pedigree you should start by taking a look at the two Royal thrillers at Portrush and Newcastle.
We updated our Northern Ireland golf course rankings in October 2015. Full details are here: Top 25 Golf Courses of Northern Ireland