Play links for less on a golf break in Northern Ireland

​No golfer is complete without playing a links and with locations this good, you can make the most of your leisure time by booking a stay and play break in Northern Ireland.

  • 11 March 2019

PHOTO: Ardglass Golf Club.​

Links golf has it all: pure playing surfaces, compelling coastal views, and dramatic hole designs. Those elements combine with the fresh, salty air to create an intoxicating atmosphere that has drawn golfers to the shore for four centuries and more.

A journey along the Northern Ireland coastline is a golfing adventure like no other. At Ardglass in County Down you'll find one of golf's best kept secrets. Home to the world's oldest clubhouse –  a medieval castle dating back to 1405 – this magical setting will stir the soul. The first tee overlooks the Irish Sea and sets the tone for an unforgettable playing experience with its dramatic elevation changes and incredible views over high ground.

Ballycastle Golf Club on the north Antrim coast is just 30 minutes east of Royal Portrush – host venue for The Open this year – and is as memorable as you would expect with amazing vistas and clear views of Rathlin Island and even the Mull of Kintyre on a good day.

Kirkistown Castle, situated on the Ards Peninsula, is as far east as you can travel to find an 18-hole course. Presenting a wonderful challenge, and a test for any game, Kirkistown Castle will fire your imagination. And whatever the season, you are sure to find it in magnificent condition.

In the year that the world's greatest golf event returns to these shores, there has hardly been a better time to book a golfing break in Northern Ireland. The 148th Open takes place at Royal Portrush from 14-21 July but you don't have to wait that long to find out what's so special about this golfing paradise close to home.

Links Courses


Enjoy a round of golf with B&B at Margaret's Cottage which is found right at the entrance to the club. Midweek only. £105pps.


Enjoy a round of golf at Ballycastle Golf Club followed by an overnight at Marine Hotel with breakfast. £165pp based on two persons sharing.​

Kirkistown Castle

Pre-golf bacon baps and one round. Overnight stay with breakfast plus a two-course evening meal at Portaferry Hotel. £95pp.

For further fantastic golf deals in Northern Ireland and booking information visit https://offers.discovernorthernireland.com/golf-deals/

This post is made as part of a strategic partnership with the GUI and Tourism Northern Ireland.