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The best golf courses for holidays in Portrush & Portstewart:
Royal Portrush - Portstewart - Castlerock

Royal Portrush Golf Club Royal Portrush - Dunluce  Architect: H.S. Colt (1929).  18 holes: 6,115m: par 72.

One of golf's greatest links courses, without question.  Royal Portrush has it all, a spectacular setting and a superb layout that uses every twist and turn, hummock and hollow of this magnificent links land.  As one of Ireland's premier courses it is always in supreme condition.  A course that every afficionado of links golf should visit - at least once!

Royal Portrush - Valley Links Royal Portrush - Valley  Architect: H.S. Colt (1932).  18 holes: 6080m: par 70.

Overshadowed by its bigger brother the Valley course is a great test of golf in its own right. Running through the same dunes it will demand every shot in your armoury to score well around the Valley.
Don't make the same mistake as many who come to Portrush in overlooking their "second" course (which is also exceptional value).

Portstewart - Strand Golf Course Portstewart - Strand  Architect: H.S. Colt  18 holes: 6488yds: par 71.

A "game of two halves" if ever there was one!  The front nine plays through as spectacular a set of mountainous dunes as you will ever see.  The setting for some of the holes is quite extraordinary. 
The back nine are great holes too, on flatter terrain as you exit the dunes and enjoy the the far reaching views across the Estuary (to Castlerock on the other bank). 

Castlerock Golf Club - Mussenden Links Castlerock - Mussenden  Architect:    18 holes: 6725yds: par72.

One of Northern Ireland's lesser known links, but an absolute treat nevertheless.  An unadulterated links course that offers all the features of links play: dunes, rolling Fairways, pot bunkers and plenty of gorse!  A very friendly Members club where you will be made most welcome and meet genuine locals on the course and in the bar, maybe even Rory McIlroy...

Castlerock Golf Club - Bann Links Castlerock - Bann  Architect:   9 holes: 6163m: par 72.

We don't normally feature 9-hole courses, however many would argue that these are some of the most entertaining holes at Casterock!  Narrow fairways and tiny greens that are embedded in the dunes. A severe test of your accuracy and control with superb views over the ocean and across the estuary to Portstewart.  A 27-hole day at Castelrock will be one you will remember for a long long time...

Ballycastle  Architect: Cmdr. A. Causton (1926)  18 holes: 5,876yds: par 71.

A little further around the picturesque coastline to the East you will find the quirky delights of Ballycastle Golf Club.  The opening five holes lie in a pretty parkland setting around a ruined Abbey and between two rivers.  You then cross the road to play the wild Atlantic holes that rise and fall across some striking terrain, with great view of the cliffs and Rathlin Island across the sound.  A great variety of holes: parkland, links, clifftop makes Ballycastle an extremely entertaining and very welcoming small Golf Club.

18 holes: 5785m: par 71.
A break from the links courses should you feel the need to head inland to this gentle parkland course. Plenty of space to express yourself with the Driver and some very pretty holes on the lower section of the course alongside the stream and ponds.
Great value and a (refreshing?) change from the oceanside landscapes.

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Guest Comments

"On behalf of all the members who went to Portrush in September, I would like to thank you for making our visit such a great success. For my part, your help in making the event run so smoothly, made my life so much easier."
Mr. M. Haddleton - Horticultural Golfing Society


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