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Something to suit all golfing tastes

​​Whether playing or spectating, Northern Ireland is always game for competitive golf

  • 20 March 2017

Caption: Portstewart GC - home to this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open


From the biggest professional tournaments to the keenest amateur competitions, Northern Ireland has the best greens on the planet and offers golfing events at every level of the game.

The extraordinary northern coastline can only mean one thing -- stunning links golf where visual spectacle meets golfing drama. Incredible sea views, towering dunes and twisting terrain give you that edge of the world feeling. 

The first amateur tournament of the year is an annual event in the calendar. The Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament (5-9 June) is the largest of its kind in Europe. Played on four spectacular courses along the glorious Causeway Coast: Royal Portrush, Ballycastle, Castlerock and Ballyliffin; players from all over the world come to experience this fantastic tournament.

If parkland golf is your bag, Northern Ireland's lush fairways offer a wonderful world of must-play experiences that will stay long in the memory. For prestigious parkland courses, you'd be hard pushed to find a better collection than those in and around Belfast.

Become the best in Belfast and take this great opportunity to be part of history and play in the inaugural Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament (3-5 July). You will be able to play on three of the top prestigious golf courses in Belfast: Malone, (3 July) Royal Belfast (4 July) and Shandon (5 July). With such close proximity to both Belfast airports and the city centre, golfers will enjoy the fantastic golf by day and the excitement of the city by night.

Portstewart Golf Course, host of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2017, set on Northern Ireland's famous Causeway Coast has something to offer every golfer, with its panoramic views over the Atlantic ocean. Just a stone throw's from the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site; The Giant's Causeway, you will be spoilt for choice on and off the course.

The 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, (6-9 July) will return to Northern Ireland with Portstewart Golf Club, staging the European Tour event for the first time. It will be the third time in six years that the Irish Open has been held in the north, with Royal Portrush playing host in 2012 -- when advanced tickets sold out for the first time in European Tour history -- and Royal County Down taking over in 2015.

Discover more that Northern Ireland has to offer, pack up your golf clubs and take an exciting road trip - check out some of the fantastic Stay and Play Golf Deals on offer. Home to the Northern Ireland Open again this year, Galgorm Castle Golf Club offers stimulating challenges to golfers at various levels. Set amid 220 acres of mature parkland, Galgorm is located in the grounds of one of Ireland's historic demesnes.

A golf tournament for all the family; the NI Open​ (10-13 August) is an annual professional golf tournament and one of the core international tourism events, which continues to grow every year. Away from the fairways, tournament week will be buzzing with activity, especially at the dedicated food festival, housed within the NI Open Village, serving up a range of Northern Ireland's culinary delights.