Golf in the Causeway Coast and Glens
The Causeway coast and glens offer golfers an exceptional selection of courses to choose from.
The Causeway coast and glens offer golfers an exceptional selection of courses to choose from. Bracing links courses commanding magnificent views across the sea complement beautiful parkland courses with tree-lined fairways and manicured lawns. Golfers of all abilities will be both charmed and challenged by the variety of the region’s golfing opportunities.
North Antrim has also bred many champion golfers. This is, after all, the home terrain of World Matchplay champion Darren Clarke, who tamed Tiger Woods to take the title in 2000. Clarke’s home club is the Royal Portrush, and its legendary Dunluce course has also been played by Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Founded in 1888, Royal Portrush golf club has also hosted numerous prestigious golfing events, including the Senior British Open and the Amateur Championships. In 1951, the first Open Championship ever held in Ireland was played here.
Also at the Royal Portrush, the Valley course, built on natural seaside turf, is a full-length championship course, which hosts one of the two qualifying rounds in the North of Ireland Open amateur championship each year. Its sheltered layout is remarkable in that there are only 20 bunkers in the entire 18 holes. A demanding course, the Valley is an ideal test of every golfers’ character and ability.
Other notable courses include Cairndhu, Ballygally, near Larne, where on a clear day you may well be distracted by fantastic views of the rocky Scottish outcrop of Ailsa Craig and the Glens of Antrim. Larne golf course also sits in a superb coastal location at the end of the Islandmagee peninsula. At Portstewart, the tricky sixth hole on the compact green has been named ‘the five penny piece.’
Inland courses include Ballyclare, Brown Trout and Cushendall, whose natural features cleverly enhance the challenges of each hole.
Professional golf academies are located at Radisson Roe Park Hotel and Golf Resort, near Limivady, and Galgorm Castle, Ballymena. As well as private clubs, there are also an increasing number of public golf courses where visitors can just pay and play.
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