Golfers’ Top Destinations in Wales and Northern Ireland

Wales and Northern Ireland

Plan to travel to Wales or Northern Ireland and have a free time afternoon? Why not spend it on a golf course. Both Wales and Northern Ireland are home to some of the world's premier golf courses that will turn your trip into a memorable experience. Here are only a few of many golf courses in Wales and North Ireland that are definitely worth visiting:

Celtic Manor Resort

The host of the Wales Open in 2013 and the venue of the Ryder Cup in 2010 is found in Newport in south Wales. The leisure resort runs three golf courses but The Twenty Ten is its greatest attraction. It opened in 2007 and was built especially for the 2010 Ryder Cup. As a result, your golf skills will be on a serious test here.

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

If you would like to follow the footsteps of golf champions, the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club is the perfect destination. The golf club that has been a host to the Amateur Championships, British Masters, Curtis Cup, Welsh Golf Classic and Walker Cup is located north of Porthcawl, bordering the Bristol Channel.

Portstewart Golf Club

The 18-hole court that is located in the small coastal town of Portsteward in Northern Ireland is truly a gem. It is widely considered to have the finest opening hole in Ireland but the golfers from all over the world are also drawn here by the breathtaking views and spectacular landscape that is marked by huge sand dunes.

Royal County Down Golf Club

One of Northern Ireland’s oldest golf clubs offers a unique golfing experience on two 18-hole links courses – the Championship Course that is not only ranked as one of the best golf courses in Northern Ireland but in the world, and the Annesey Links. The latter is a little bit shorter but any less challenging, if not even more so. In overall, the Royal County Down Golf Club is definitely recommended.

Royal Portrush Golf Club

The only Ireland’s host to The Open Championship has two 18-hole links courses – the Dunluce Links and the Valley Links that are traditionally ranked very high by all lists of world’s best golf courses, especially the Dunluce Links. Both courses are open all year round. So if you are planning to travel to the County Antrim, be sure to make reservations at the Royal Portrush Golf Club.

Royal St David’s Golf Club

Spectacular links course that is overlooked by the medieval Harlech castle is without a doubt one of Wales’ finest golf courses that can easily rival the world’s most popular golfers’ destinations. It is also a host to a variety of national and international golf tournaments including the European Seniors Tour and the Ladies European Tour. In 2013, the Royal St David’s Golf Club will also host the R&A Jacques Leglise Trophy, an annual competition between the Great Britain’s and Ireland’s boys on the one hand and boys from the Continental Europe on the other.