Ardglass can no longer be considered a “hidden gem,” having become a favorite on any Northern Ireland Golf trip. Located a short distance from Royal County Down, the course at Ardglass more than measures up on many golfers’ lists for the most fun day in Northern Ireland golf.
As storied golf writer and historian, James Finegan, passionately wrote, “…I cannot imagine playing at Royal County Down and not finding time for a game at Ardglass.”
While the course is the star of the experience, Ardglass Golf Club is equally proud of the true Irish “craic” they extend to every visitor. The Club boasts having the world’s oldest clubhouse, taking residence in a fortified warehouse dating back to 1405, and they love entertaining both members and visitors alike.
Perhaps blessed because its founder was a man of the cloth, in 1896 Rev. Thomas MacAfee laid out seven holes that together only measured 1,000 yards that fit between today’s 1st and 18th fairways. It was extended to a proper 9 hole length in 1907 and stayed that way for over 60 years. In 1970, with a purchase of more land, the course was extended to 18 holes and improvements have been consistently made, creating today’s exceptional links experience.
Ardglass golf course features dramatic elevation changes resulting in incredible views of the shoreline. The Irish Sea comes into play on no less than eight holes and the constant wind makes playing purely by the yardage book impossible. The design is characterized by small firm greens, a challenge to hold with poorly stuck approaches, and firm hard fairways.
Post round, golfers that are also fans of the Game of Thrones will be eager to visit nearby Castle Ward, which doubled as “Winterfell” in the series. Or make a pilgrimage to the town of Downpatrick where the patron saint of Ireland and everyone on March 17th, St Patrick, is buried.
Northern Ireland is a golfing utopia. With breathtaking views, rolling countryside, and around 100 courses across the small country, it is often considered the go-to destination for a luxury golf vacation.
6 nights accommodation and 6 rounds of golf
Prices starting from $4,750
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