Northern Ireland

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

Top 100 Golf Courses - Northern Ireland

Royal County Down (Championship)

1st Northern Ireland Ranking

Royal County Down Golf Club is at Newcastle, a little holiday town nestling at the feet of the majestic Mountains of Mourne. It’s an exhilarating location for a classic links golf course...

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Description: Royal County Down Golf Club is at Newcastle, a little holiday town nestling at the feet of the majestic Mountains of Mourne. It’s an exhilarating location for a classic links golf course... Rating: 5.7909090909091 out of 6

Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

2nd Northern Ireland Ranking

Since its foundation in 1888, Royal Portrush Golf Club has undergone a transformation in more ways than one.

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Description: Since its foundation in 1888, Royal Portrush Golf Club has undergone a transformation in more ways than one. Rating: 5.4933333333333 out of 6

Lough Erne (Faldo)

3rd Northern Ireland Ranking

Designed by Nick Faldo, the Lough Erne championship course extends to just over 7,000 yards from the back tees and it lies at the heart of an upmarket development...

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Description: Designed by Nick Faldo, the Lough Erne championship course extends to just over 7,000 yards from the back tees and it lies at the heart of an upmarket development... Rating: 4.8333333333333 out of 6

Portstewart (Strand)

4th Northern Ireland Ranking

The Strand course at Portstewart Golf Club is exhilarating. Set amidst imposing, gigantic sand dunes with panoramic views across the Atlantic mouth of Lough Foyle to the Inishowen peninsula beyond.

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Description: The Strand course at Portstewart Golf Club is exhilarating. Set amidst imposing, gigantic sand dunes with panoramic views across the Atlantic mouth of Lough Foyle to the Inishowen peninsula beyond. Rating: 5.2333333333333 out of 6

Castlerock (Mussenden)

5th Northern Ireland Ranking

Living in the shadow of its famous neighbours, Portstewart and Royal Portrush, Castlerock Golf Club is every bit as good, and the Mussenden will not disappoint.

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Description: Living in the shadow of its famous neighbours, Portstewart and Royal Portrush, Castlerock Golf Club is every bit as good, and the Mussenden will not disappoint. Rating: 4.7241379310345 out of 6

Royal Portrush (Valley)

6th Northern Ireland Ranking

How many people have made a point of playing Royal Portrush Golf Club and never given a thought to playing the sadly underrated Valley course – something approaching 90%, perhaps even more?

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Description: How many people have made a point of playing Royal Portrush Golf Club and never given a thought to playing the sadly underrated Valley course – something approaching 90%, perhaps even more? Rating: 5.2142857142857 out of 6

Belvoir Park

7th Northern Ireland Ranking

With undulating, lush fairways and avenues of trees, Belvoir Park Golf Club is quite rightly regarded as one of the best inland courses in Northern Ireland.

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Description: With undulating, lush fairways and avenues of trees, Belvoir Park Golf Club is quite rightly regarded as one of the best inland courses in Northern Ireland. Rating: 5.4444444444444 out of 6

Malone (Drumbridge & Ballydrain)

8th Northern Ireland Ranking

If you are in Belfast and you’ve got your golf clubs handy, make sure you play the immaculately conditioned Malone Golf Club. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better parkland course in Northern Ireland.

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Description: If you are in Belfast and you’ve got your golf clubs handy, make sure you play the immaculately conditioned Malone Golf Club. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better parkland course in Northern Ireland. Rating: 5.2666666666667 out of 6

Ardglass

9th Northern Ireland Ranking

With the opening five holes hugging the cliffs with resplendent views across the Irish Sea, it's clear that Ardglass Golf Club is special.

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Description: With the opening five holes hugging the cliffs with resplendent views across the Irish Sea, it's clear that Ardglass Golf Club is special. Rating: 4.8888888888889 out of 6

Clandeboye (Dufferin)

10th Northern Ireland Ranking

The Dufferin course at Clandeboye Golf Club offers compelling coastal views, a sea of dazzling yellow gorse and a wonderfully strategic challenge.

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Description: The Dufferin course at Clandeboye Golf Club offers compelling coastal views, a sea of dazzling yellow gorse and a wonderfully strategic challenge. Rating: 4 out of 6