Top 20 Golf Courses in Northern Ireland 2011

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Top 20 Golf Courses in Northern Ireland 2011

Castlerock Bann courseThere are around 100 golf courses in Northern Ireland that serve a population of less than two million people, so you’ll generally find good value and few queues, even on the first tees of the country’s greatest courses.

We’ve ranked the Top 20 courses in Northern Ireland for a number of years and unsurprisingly Lough Erne is the highest new entry in our 2011 list, straight in at No.5. Warrenpoint also makes its debut at 20th but there is little change at the top nor is there much movement elsewhere in the table.

Ardglass Golf ClubA fair amount of criticism has been levelled at us for giving a coveted ranking spot to the 9-hole Bann course at Castlerock. But, even though the Bann course has dropped three places, we think it’s an absolute blast. In the words of Dave McGill from Ohio: “Fun to play! It’s a great test of skill and excellent as warm up to the mighty Mussenden Links. Do not keep score and just enjoy the rolling terrain and quirky design.”

Ardglass, our highest climber (up five places), continues to receive excellent reviews: “Raw, real golf… many memorable and spectacular holes… value for money is outstanding… absolutely loved it.” Combine Ardglass with Royal County Down and enjoy the ride.

Click here to review our new Northern Ireland Top 20 in detail.

Pos

Course

Move

1

Royal County Down

No change

2

Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

No change

3

Portstewart (Strand)

No change

4

Castlerock (Mussenden)

No change

5

Lough Erne

NEW

6

Belvoir Park

Up 1

7

Malone

Down 2

8

Ardglass

Up 5

9

Royal Belfast

No change

10

Royal Portrush (Valley)

Down 4

11

Clandeboye (Dufferin)

Down 3

12

Kirkistown Castle

Down 1

13

Castlerock (Bann)

Down 3

14

Templepatrick

Down 2

15

Lisburn

Up 1

16

Bangor

Down 2

17

Massereene

Up 1

18

Knock

Down 3

19

Cairndhu

Down 2

20

Warrenpoint

NEW