Antrim

Situated in the north east of Northern Ireland, County Antrim extends north from Lisburn, taking in the city of Belfast before the coastal boundary sweeps round Belfast Lough, Larne and Ballycastle on its way to Portrush. Close to Bushmills on the Antrim coast, some say the volcanic basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway is where the legendary warrior Finn McCool once walked across to Scotland to joust with his Scottish counterpart in years long gone by.

The main golf club in County Antrim is undoubtedly Royal Portrush, where members play over two fantastic championship 18-hole links courses, the world famous Dunluce and the much underrated Valley. Most golfers will know that Graeme McDowell, US Open winner in 2010, played his amateur golf at Portrush but many won’t know he was actually a member of Rathmore GC (attached to the Valley course) and not the Royal club.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Antrim

Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

1st Antrim - Best in Area

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

Royal Portrush (Valley)

2nd Antrim - Best in Area

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: 5.2 out of 6

Malone (Drumbridge & Ballydrain)

3rd Antrim - Best in Area

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

Galgorm Castle

4th Antrim - Best in Area

The course at Galgorm Castle Golf Club lies within a spacious 220-acre estate that was once the ancestral home of the McQuillan clan and the Castle that looms over the 10th green dates back to 1618...

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Description: The course at Galgorm Castle Golf Club lies within a spacious 220-acre estate that was once the ancestral home of the McQuillan clan and the Castle that looms over the 10th green dates back to 1618... Rating: 4 out of 6

Templepatrick

5th Antrim - Best in Area

Designed by David Jones and David Feherty, the par 71 Hilton Belfast Templepatrick Golf & Country Club layout can be set up from between 5,565 and 7,077 yards in length.

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Description: Designed by David Jones and David Feherty, the par 71 Hilton Belfast Templepatrick Golf & Country Club layout can be set up from between 5,565 and 7,077 yards in length. Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Massereene

6th Antrim - Best in Area

Massereene Golf Club was formed back in 1895 so members have enjoyed playing in a lovely parkland setting on the shores of Lough Neagh for over one hundred years.

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Description: Massereene Golf Club was formed back in 1895 so members have enjoyed playing in a lovely parkland setting on the shores of Lough Neagh for over one hundred years. Rating: 5 out of 6

Ballycastle

7th Antrim - Best in Area

Ballycastle Golf Club is regarded by some as a quirky little course with many changes in elevation. Quirky it may be – but uninteresting? Never!

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Description: Ballycastle Golf Club is regarded by some as a quirky little course with many changes in elevation. Quirky it may be – but uninteresting? Never! Rating: 4.4 out of 6

Dunmurry

8th Antrim - Best in Area

Architect Tom Macauley laid out Dunmurry Golf Club's new fairways on land next to the River Lagan, and Peter Alliss officially opened the course in 1983.

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Gracehill

9th Antrim - Best in Area

Set in peaceful rural surroundings, the golf course at Gracehill House is challenging and considered to be one of the best parkland layouts in Northern Ireland.

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Description: Set in peaceful rural surroundings, the golf course at Gracehill House is challenging and considered to be one of the best parkland layouts in Northern Ireland. Rating: 5 out of 6

Cairndhu

10th Antrim - Best in Area

Cairndhu Golf Club is a hilly seaside course, laid out on cliffs which offer absolutely sensational views of the Antrim coastline...

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Description: Cairndhu Golf Club is a hilly seaside course, laid out on cliffs which offer absolutely sensational views of the Antrim coastline... Rating: 3.5 out of 6