Northern Ireland is marvellous natural golfing country. Eighty courses in parkland, meadowland and superb coastal settings await the visitor.
All of Northern Ireland’s Golf Courses have one thing in common: They’re uncommon. Each one offers a different challenge in a different setting…this tour features 2 courses ranked in the World’s Top 20 – Royal County Down & Royal Portrush…come to play today!
From $1999.00 per person 6 Nights Deluxe Accommodation [Includes 1 Night at the Malone Lodge Hotel in Belfast; 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Roe Park Resort in Limavady; 2 nights at the Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort in Donegal; and 1 night at Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh];5 Rounds of Golf at the Following Courses: Royal County Down, Portstewart Golf Club, Ballyliffen Golf Course, Royal Portrush & Lough Erne, Manual Car Rental & CDW Insurance Full Irish Breakfast Daily All Taxes *Chauffeur Drive option available from $3479.00 per person
DAY 1 BELFAST & ROYAL COUNTY DOWN Arrive into Belfast Airport, where you will collect your Hertz rental car before briefly exploring Belfast city, viewing all the main highlights.
Play Royal County Down this afternnon. The Royal County Down is one of the oldest Golf Clubs in Ireland with traditions dating back one hundred years. Its 18 hole Championship Course is rated amongst the ten best in the world. Royal County Down is a pure links, in the truest sense of the word. “My advice to anyone playing this great course is to keep it very straight off the tee – stray from the fairways at your peril! It is a tremendous test of golf and the outward half especially is as fine a nine holes as I have ever played” TOM WATSON
Overnight in Deluxe Accommodations in Belfast City.
DAY 2 BELFAST – BUSHMILLS. Travel from Belfast along the famous Antrim Coastline. Your first stop will be the Giants Causeway – regarded as the “8th Wonder of the World”. The audio visual presentation in the excellent visitor centre will recall all the legends surrounding the causeway and you will be able to explore the amazing stone structure. As you drive along the coast you will also see Dunluce Castle – the ancient ruins provide a rewarding stop and fabulous views out over the sea.
For those who wish you can stop at the fabulous Carrick a Rede Bridge. Located just outside the seaside town of Ballycastle – the Rope Bridge is not for the faint hearted. The bridge is a working bridge to enable the local fishermen to reach the salmon fishery, which is on the tiny island connected to the mainland, by the bridge. Don’t forget if you are brave enough to walk over the bridge that you have to walk back too!
Your final stop of the day will be close to your hotel at the Old Bushmills Distillery, and you will have the opportunity to see this age old process of distilling at firsthand, and to try and taste the difference between the Single Malt and Black Bush after your tour.
Overnight in Deluxe Accommodations on the Londonderry coast.
DAY 3 ROYAL PORTRUSH Your second round of golf will be on the Antrim Coast at the Royal Portrush Golf Club. One of three ‘Royal’ courses in Northern Ireland, Portrush is steeped in history both golfing and otherwise, being overlooked by the ruins of Dunluce Castle. The only course in Ireland to have hosted the British Open, it is on everybody’s short-list of top Irish courses, a great test of any golfer’s shot-making and nerve. Founded in 1888, the club became Royal Portrush in 1893, with King Edward VII as patron. It was famous not only for its magnificent turf and superb golf holes but also for its lovely setting. The Dunluce Course is as fine a links as you will find anywhere with the 5th being a particularly memorable hole to a green hanging on the edge of a cliff. Look out also for Calamity Corner, the well names par 3 14th of around 200 yards.
Overnight in Deluxe Accommodations on the Londonderry coast.
DAY 4 PORTSTEWART GOLF COURSE & DERRY The jewel in the Portstewart Golf Club portfolio is the Strand Course. Set amongst a towering dunescape, the Strand presents a challenge for any golfer. Magnificent views, a truly great test of golf with fast running greens to test the best. Set between the Atlantic Ocean & the River Bann estuary with the Hills of Donegal as a backdrop.
Continue via the historic city of Derry, the best example of a walled city in Ireland. You can visit the award winning Tower Museum which recalls the turbulent history of the city and also provides you with a chance to walk the walls for yourself.
Travel to Letterkenny for overnight in Deluxe Accommodations.
DAY 5 BALLYLIFFEN More golf today when you travel out to the Inishowen Peninsula to play Ballyliffen Golf Course. Ballyliffen is the most northerly located links on the island of Ireland. Described by Nick Faldo as ‘The most natural golf links. A hidden gem” and by Fred Daly as ‘A Real Jewel”. This course a hugely enjoyable challenge to every golfer.
Return to Letterkenny for overnight in Deluxe Accommodations.
DAY 6 DONEGAL-FERMANAGH Take the road to Strabane and on to Omagh today. Here you can visit the Ulster American Folk Park. Follow in the footsteps of the thousands of men and women who in the 18th and 19th centuries left Ulster to seek a new life in America. Here in contrasting Old World and New World settings you will see the types of dwellings, farm out-houses and craft workshops that the emigrants used on both sides of the Atlantic.
Enjoy a round of golf at Ireland’s premier 5* property, Lough Erne Golf Resort. The Faldo Championship Course, designed by Sir Nick Faldo, is located on a 600 acre peninsula. With 14 holes on the Loughs, including the spectacular 10th hole, Emerald Isle. With superb all year round playing conditions, the Faldo Course is a truly exciting experience for all levels of golfer, with sand caped fairways & USGA Spec. Greens.
Overnight at Lough Erne Golf Resort.
DAY 7 FERMANAGH-BELFAST Alas it is time to say farewell, return to Belfast International Airport for your Transatlantic flight back to the US.
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