Ardglass - Down - Northern Ireland

Ardglass Golf Club,
Castle Place,
Ardglass,
Co.Down,
BT30 7TP,
Northern Ireland


  • +44 (0) 28 44 841219

  • Golf Club Website

  • 6 miles S of Downpatrick , off the A2

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  • Jim Cullen

  • David Jones

  • Paul Vaughan


How many of the golfers who flock every year to the magnificent links of Royal County Down are aware that there is another great Irish golfing experience to be had just a few miles along the south east coast of Down in the fishing port of Ardglass?

It is, quite simply, one of the most spectacular courses on the coastline of Ireland, with dramatic elevation changes that offer stunning views of the Irish Sea from every hole as they wind their way from the clubhouse out along the cliffs to a craggy headland then back again.

Arglass Golf Club was formed in 1896 when members fashioned a 7-hole course which was soon extended to form a 9-hole layout. It was not until 1970 that the number of holes on the course were doubled to a full 18-hole configuration. The course is kept in tiptop condition with well-tended fairways, tricky pot bunkers and fast, true greens.

Shortly after the club’s Centenary, a major decision was made to remove three holes – the back-to-back par five 5th and 6th, along with the short 17th – and replace them with three exciting new holes at the furthest point from the clubhouse, creating a wonderful new loop from the new 9th to 11th holes.

From Where Golf is Great – the finest courses of Scotland and Ireland, James W Finegan commented: “No more than six holes are authentic undulating linksland; the other dozen are rather meadowy. But virtually the entire eighteen is routed over high ground, with the result that the views – across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man, down over Coney Island Bay, and south to the Mountains of Mourne – are intoxicating. Simply to be abroad on Ardglass is a delight… Admittedly, Ardglass is not a great golf course. But the game here is nonetheless rewarding, studded with Bernard Darwin’s ‘pleasurable excitement’ in a setting of surpassing beauty. I cannot imagine playing at Royal County Down and not finding the time for a game at Ardglass.”

The opening five holes at Ardglass are truly memorable as they are routed along the edge of the cliff tops. The signature hole on the course is played early – the 167-yard par three 2nd, called “Howd’s Hole” where the tee shot is played across a rocky inlet to a seemingly small, distant putting surface. Another thrilling par three is the 12th, called “Cathlin” which is played from an elevated tee way above the green located 198 yards away on the edge of the rocky headland.

The clubhouse is a bit special too – a 14th century Castle that was once the home of the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare – where you find the atmosphere relaxed and friendly. And if you are in any doubt about any of the above descriptions then view the stunning aerial hole by hole photographs of the course on the club website which is a great example of how to promote a course to the golfing public.

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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: 7.7 out of 10 Reviews: 26
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Adrian Gaspar
I wrote a very short review on this course some time ago but have subsequently played about 20 or so of the highly rated links courses on this web site. Having now played more courses I feel more confident in saying that Ardglass has two of three of the best and most scenic holes in the UK. Whilst there are numerous very good holes numbers 1, 2 and 12 stand out for me. Hole 1 is not necessarily difficult for really good golfers, although the tee shot is a challenge in to the wind, but for me it is one of the best looking opening holes. The second, again always plays in to the wind, which can be brutal as you are at one of the highest points of the course, and is the most beautifully rugged par 3 I’ve ever played. The 12th is not far behind the 2nd and if you play it you will find comparisons with Pebble Beach aren’t as silly as they may sound. Yes there are a couple of the par 4’s and one of the par 5’s that might be considered a little flat, but you are in such a stunning location I think this can be forgiven, and the tee boxes on a couple of these ‘flatter’ holesr 4’s are located yards from waves crashing in to rocks. The reality check is that it is short and fairly open in a few places and with no wind all decent players playing well will shoot their handicap but frankly I don’t think this matters. My all time favourite course.
September 16, 2007
10 / 10
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paul
Good solid track which we played as a warm up for RCD, £37 is great value for money, some great holes along the cliffs and all the par 3's are tough, I would recommend this course to anyone who is in the area, the staff are very helpfull and even kept the kitchen open until we finished our round.Greens and fairways were in good condition following a very dry spring although it rained while we played in a 3 club wind. Give it a go, you will not be dissapointed.
May 16, 2007
8 / 10
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john schick
I played the course in early august and totally enjoyed this scenic & sporty layout. The first hole is one of the most thrilling I've ever played. The course gets a bit flat in the middle but I'd go back and play it again in a heartbeat.
September 11, 2006
8 / 10
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Carl Statham
On the strength of the previous comments I played this today before I play Royal County Down tomorrow. Yes this is some course. The feel is a really family affair and it has a character which is very relaxed and friendly so don't expect pristine fairways and greens this club is about the scenary and the local community. I played on a sunny calm evening with the gorse in flower and I think two or three of the holes, the 2nd, 4th and 11th in particular would not be out of place on any course in the world, this coast line is absolutely stunning. You know the famous par three at pebble beach, well this course has 3 like that and at least two of them are better to look at ....... well they are very good any way. It does have some up down plain holes in the middle part of the course but it is truly worth playing for the rest of the holes.
April 22, 2006
8 / 10
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Adrian Gaspar
Fabulous little course, great value for money and very friendly staff. Some of its best holes would not look out of place on any of the great links courses. Not very long, but worth a visit by any golfer. A cracking B&B opposite the course!
October 02, 2005
8 / 10
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Kevan Voce
This should be in the Top 200 (if not Top 100).We played as a warm-up to Royal County Down and found it a pleasant surprise. The first is a wonderful quirky hole (sought of a merger of the opening holes at both North Berwick courses). You have to hit over a ravine to the short 2nd green - the wind was around 60mph and I nailed a 4 iron but still came up 40 yards short! The sea is in view at every hole and the 11th and 12th are simply stunning. Well worth a visit, great value for money and do have the Irish fry-up before teeing off! Kevan.
September 30, 2005
6 / 10
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