Ardglass, Co. Down BT30 7TP
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
28 miles S of Belfast
Follow direction Coney Island from the A2 in Ardglass. Golf is located at the southern end of Ardglass village centre, just opposite Ardo's restaurant and next to old castle tower.
Ardglass Golf Club: The 1st tee: its right beside the sea, directly in front of a 14th century castle wall, four ships' cannons point your way and the entrance to Ardglass harbour is also alongside - can things get any more dramatic, YES ! - you haven't even climbed the slope to the first green yet. The opening six holes are perhaps the most dramatic, with the fabulous par-3 2nd crossing a ravine and all the others only separated from the sea by a line of jagged grey rocks.
Sea views are ever-present throughout your round; just when you think they are about to go, another part of the course opens up yet further seaside holes (with views overlooking Coney Island Bay). In the middle of the front and back nines the course becomes flatter, where a few flower bushes help guide your line to the fast, sloping and not overly large greens. With fishermans' cottages, plunging downhill par-3's and a knee-trembling drive at the par-5 11th, Ardglass is a lot more than a wonderfully scenic seaside golf course; this is a layout that will also test your game, while providing the eyes with a stunning visual feast. Just hope the weather has also bought into your plans.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course.
The Oldest clubhouse in the world ? Formerly Ardglass Castle, the clubhouse is located in an ancient building, some of which dates back to the 14th century. It is believed to be the oldest clubhouse in the world (by the members of Ardglass Golf Club), but they may want to check the Where2Golf "Did You Know" entry for Varese Golf Club in Italy.
2019 Golf World rating: 39th best course in Ireland.
Quay Street, Ardglass
+44 (0)28 4484 1141Visit website
Royal County Down
Downs Road, Newcastle, Co. Down BT33 0AH
+44 (0)28 4372 1006Visit website
This grand and iconic hotel opened in 1897 and was originally called the Newcastle Hotel, described at that time as "the most modern and best equipped hotel in Ireland" - a standard it is never far away from to this day. The sea and mountain views from the hotel are spectacular.
Royal County Down (o.3 km)
Ardglass (21 miles)
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