irish-open-northern-irelandThis week, for the first time since 1953, the Irish Open is heading back to Northern Ireland and, in our opinion, it’s about time!

Although parkland beauties like Druids Glen, Adare Manor, Carton House and the Killeen Course at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, along with links classics such as Portmarnock and Ballybunion, have been fantastic host courses based in the Republic, the courses along the breathtaking coast of Northern Ireland are just too good to ignore.


Royal Portrush boasts an endless array of world class golf holes and some of the most stunning sea views in the world.

This year the European Tour tournament will be staged at Royal Portrush; Darren Clarke’s home course where the course record of 61 was shot by a 16 year old Rory McIlroy, and with those two, as well as Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell – all recent major winners – in the field, the event has completely sold out.

“We are preparing for a crowd around the 100,000 mark for the week,” championship director Antonia Beggs said.


Portstewart features mountaineous dunes that are the defining feature of the links courses in this part of the world.

Northern Ireland Tourist Board chief executive Alan Clarke said: “This year’s Irish Open is sure to be one of the biggest in the competition’s history with advance ticket sales reaching unprecedented levels and record crowds expected.”

If you are planning on tuning in to the Irish Open this week be sure to take in how special the famous Dunluce Links is at Royal Portrush.


Castlerock may not be as well known as the likes of Royal Portrush and Royal County Down but it is a top class test of links golf all the same.

With other world class golf courses including Portstewart, Castlerock and the mighty Royal County Down within a short drive of this famous venue, this region of the country is heaven sent for an Irish Golf Tour.

Those with a little more time on their hands, and the desire to see and play even more world class links courses, can also head across the border to the North West of the Republic where the likes of Ballyliffin, Rosapenna and County Sligo lie in wait.

Head to Northern Ireland for your next Irish Golf Break and you will not be disappointed.