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In geographic terms, Northern Ireland is not a huge country. But when it comes to golf, make no mistake: we’re a giant, with 90 clubs – and champions like Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell to prove it.

Northern Ireland is the perfect mix of Links and Parkland golf courses. Home of the Golf Digest Number one Golf Course in the World, Royal County Down. And home to the host of The 148th Open, Royal Portrush.

As if further proof was needed that our place is the best place to play golf… many of our courses have been accredited with a Golf Quality and Assurance award. The accreditation is designed to certify quality assured Golf Courses in meeting and exceeding customer expectations. These awards raise the bar when it comes to standards at golf clubs, with a particular focus on customer service. Having these high standards for our golf industry means you can enjoy the experience at every step, from the welcome and reception you receive, clubhouse facilities and services as well as the golf course itself.

With our world ranked players as well as our world class Golf Courses, Northern Ireland has much to be proud of. 

Royal Portrush Golf Club holds a course record set by Northern Ireland’s own Rory McIlroy from his amateur days. He was playing in the North of Ireland Championship in July 2005, playing off a +4 handicap and shot a 61. You can see his card displayed in the Club cabinet.

Another home-grown hero is Darren Clarke, who hailed from Royal Portrush. In 2011, Darren won The Open at Royal St. George’s and was appointed as Europe’s team captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup. His trophy is on display in Royal Portrush Golf Club.

For fun off the course, Northern Ireland has excellent facilities to enjoy that well deserved relaxing time at the 19th hole! Be sure to indulge in an excellent meal and sample the local tipples – like a smooth single malt, distilled just a few miles up the road from Royal Portrush Golf Club at the Old Bushmills Distillery or a refreshing pint of Guinness just hits the spot. As locals say “there’s eating and drinking in it”. After an hour or two at the 19th hole you’ll realise how the clubhouses, wherever you go, are the perfect way to end the perfect day!