17 Feb 2020
A springtime golfing break in Northern Ireland is guaranteed unforgettable.
With the weather clear and crisp, mild temperatures and Mother Nature showing off in all her greenest glory, spring is one of the best times to indulge in the pleasures of Northern Irish golf.
Having hosted the world’s greatest golfers and a record-breaking number of fans at last summer’s 148th Open Championship, the fairways are opening up once again for a new season of top-class golf.
Getting a round in at The Open venue of Royal Portrush or the world’s number one course at Royal County Down is the golf lover’s dream.
Green fees at these bucket list courses are cheaper in spring and tee times will be easier to book before demand rises in the busier summer months, so one option is to base yourself in Belfast and treat yourself to an experience of both.
Alternatively, hole up somewhere on the Causeway Coastal Route and play the most challenging links trio of your life at Royal Portrush, Castlerock and Portstewart – all within half an hour from each other – and with further options to head over into County Donegal for Ballyliffin and Rosapenna, also world-class traditional links.
In between rounds here, make time to visit the Giant’s Causeway, Old Bushmills Distillery or some of the Game of Thrones® film locations in the area.
Roe Park Resort, County Derry~Londonderry
The golf can be just steps away from your room if you opt for some resort stay and play luxury on exceptional parkland courses.
Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort in County Antrim, home of the ISPS Handa World Invitational, or the Roe Park Resort near Derry~Londonderry both offer extensive golf facilities as well as restaurants, bars, leisure activities and full-service spas perfect for post-round massage treatments.
Equally, there are five parkland beauties in Belfast, including Malone and Royal Belfast, which you can make a mini tour of without leaving the city.
Golfers who like to seek out the lesser-known gems will soon come across numerous other Northern Irish courses they should be making extra time for.
Unsung heroes include the Ardglass Golf Club links hugging the coast of County Down, the parklands of Massereene Golf Club on the shores of Lough Neagh or even Holywood Golf Club, Rory McIlroy’s home club in County Down.
You will also be tempted to dwell extensively in the welcoming clubhouses, for wherever you go in Northern Ireland the hospitality and craic of the nineteenth hole is second to none.
They say Northern Ireland is simply made for golf – be sure to make it your own this spring.
Royal Portrush, County Antrim
Rory McIlroy's home club, Holywood, County Down
Ballyliffin Golf Course, County Donegal
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