Best golf courses: Ireland - North

Golf courses in Ireland North are an exceptional mix of wild links beauties and stunning green championship parklands. Each one offering a different challenge and setting. Towering dunes, cliff top views and lush parkland all featured beautifully in this country.

Make the most out of your golf trip to the north of Ireland. Look up the location of the golf courses on the map; it will help you with your planning to play the best during your holidays. To each golf course visited we have applied a rating. The scale, 5 (highest) to 2 (lowest), attempts to provide an indication of the golfing experience you can expect at each rated course. Hover your on-screen mouse pointer above the rating key hereafter to read our definitions.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Not Saturdays
Belfast
Colt, Harry

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Not Saturdays

Nearest city

Belfast

Designer

Current course designed in the early 1920s by the firm of Colt, Mackenzie & Alison (Harry Colt, Alister Mackenzie and Charles Hugh Alison).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Belfast
Braid, James

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Belfast

Designer

James Braid

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Belfast
Hawtree, Fred

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Belfast

Designer

Original course at this location designed by Commander John Harris from C.K. Cotton & Assocs (1962). Later modifications by Hawtree & Son (1965).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Belfast
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Belfast

Designer

Harry Colt

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Belfast
Jones, David

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Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Belfast

Designer

David Jones

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Sat'day restrictd
Belfast
Colt, Harry

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Sat'day restrictd

Nearest city

Belfast

Designer

Harry Colt

5-PLUS: In the world’s elite - has few peers; one of our top-rated 5s!
Not Weds or Sat
Belfast
Morris, Old Tom et al.

Visitors?

Not Weds or Sat

Nearest city

Belfast

Designer

Original nine-hole layout by George L. Baillie (1889); extended to 18 holes by Old Tom Morris (1890). During the early 1900s various modifications were made by George Combe (Club Capt), James Braid, J.H. Taylor, Harry Vardon and Ben Sayers. In 1925 Harry Colt made further modifications, creating the famous par-3 4th and par-4 9th holes. Further changes by Donald Steel (1997 & 2004).

Annesley Links laid out by Old Tom Morris.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Coleraine
Gidman, Simon

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Coleraine

Designer

Simon Gidman

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Coleraine
Sayers, Ben

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Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Coleraine

Designer

Ben Sayers

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Coleraine
Colt, Harry

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Coleraine

Designer

Harry Colt (1932).

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Coleraine
Colt, Harry

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Coleraine

Designer

The current Dunluce Links layout is largely the work of Harry Colt's 1929 redesign.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Coleraine
Park Jr & Giffin

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Coleraine

Designer

Willie Park Jr (early 1920s) & Des Giffin (1986).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Dundalk
O'Connor Sr & Jr, Christy

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dundalk

Designer

Christy O’Connor Sr & Jr

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Londonderry
Hackett, Eddie

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Londonderry

Designer

Original layout dates back to 1947, which was significantly remodelled by Eddie Hackett (early 1970s), with inputs from Frank Pennink, Charles Lawrie and Martin Hopkins. Recent modifications by Nick Faldo.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Londonderry
Various

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Londonderry

Designer

The layout has evolved over the years with inputs from Hughie McNeill, Leo Wallace, various members, and most recently Eddie Connaughton (2004).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Londonderry
Morris & Ruddy

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Londonderry

Designer

Front-nine (Strand-nine) designed by Pat Ruddy (2009). Back-nine (Valley-nine) originally designed by Old Tom Morris (1893), with later modifications by Harry Vardon & James Braid (1906), and Harry Colt (1911).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Londonderry
Ruddy, Pat

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Londonderry

Designer

Pat Ruddy with input from owner Frank Casey Snr.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Londonderry
Ruddy & Craddock

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Londonderry

Designer

Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Londonderry
Thompson & Ruddy

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Londonderry

Designer

Original design by Charles Thompson (golf professional at Portrush GC); substantial improvements designed by Pat Ruddy (2000).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Londonderry
Doherty, Michael

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Londonderry

Designer

Michael Doherty

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Sligo
Merrigan, Paddy

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sligo

Designer

Paddy Merrigan

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Sligo
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sligo

Designer

Original 18-hole layout by Capt William Campbell (1906); substantially redesigned by Harry Colt (1927-31).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Sligo
Hackett, Eddie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sligo

Designer

Original 9-hole layout redesigned in 1939 by John McAlister from Dublin; course extension to 18-holes by Eddie Hackett (1973).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Sligo
Hackett, Eddie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sligo

Designer

Eddie Hackett designed the expansion from nine to 18 holes (1974). Donald Steel added a further nine holes (1999).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Sligo
Faldo, Nick

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sligo

Designer

Nick Faldo

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Not Mondays
Sligo
Hackett, Eddie

Visitors?

Not Mondays

Nearest city

Sligo

Designer

Eddie Hackett

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Sligo
Carroll, Tony

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sligo

Designer

Tony Carroll

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