Kirkistown Castle Golf Club

142 Main Rd, Cloughey,

nr Newtownards, Co. Down BT22 1JA

  • Office

    +44 (0)28 4277 1233
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)28 4277 1004
  • Fax

    +44 (0)28 4277 1699
  • Golf pro

    Niall Mullen (PGA Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    James Braid

SSS or slope






How to get there:

24 miles SE of Belfast

From Newtownards (east of Belfast) take the A20 south, direction Portaferry. After 10 miles (and just after the village of Kircubbin) take the B173 (Rubane Road) direction Cloughey. After 4 miles turn right onto A2 / Main Road. After o.4 miles turn right into golf club.

Kirkistown Castle Golf Club

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 1902

Kirkistown Castle Golf Club: Perhaps not hailed as one of Braid's masterpieces, but for lovers of links golf, Kirkistown Castle is well worth a visit.

Although most of the course appears to be played on flattish open links terrain, with only a few gorse bushes dotted around, there are two small hills (not so small when you climb up them for the fifth time) on which several greens and elevated tee-boxes are perched, and from which the best of the sea views are found.

The par-4 12th links the two hills - the tee-box on one, the green on the other. On the same hill as the 12th (and 2nd) greens, you'll also find a watchtower, quite ancient and (one imagines) a remaining part of Kirkistown Castle.

Complementing the occasional sea views are equally pleasant views over rural farmland. The top-quality greens here are usually hard and fast, with maintenance on the rest of the course being a tad rustic at times.

Definitely a links course that grows on you as the subtleties of the natural landscape, Braid's design and the slightly better back-nine unfolds - assuming, that is, you are not being blown off your feet by the wind !

List of courses: Ireland - North


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Contact club for green fee details.

Other information

Players generally walk this course.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Kirkistown's first greenkeeper, Frank Polley, held the position for almost 50 years (he retired in 1952), during which time he extended the course from its original 9-holes to the present 18-holes (in 1929).

The legendary James Braid (who is generally credited with "designing" the course) visited Kirkistown Castle for a day in 1934. He spent the morning marking out alterations to tees and greens and the afternoon positioning and shaping bunkers.


  • The Portaferry Hotel3-star

    The Strand, Portaferry BT22 1PE

    +44 (0)28 4272 8231

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      Kirkistown Castle

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  • The Royal Hotel3-star

    26 - 28 Quay Street, Bangor, Co. Down BT20 5ED

    +44 (0)28 9127 1866

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      Royal Belfast; The Knock; Belvoir Park; Kirkistown Castle (25 miles); Malone (25 miles).

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