Four golf courses in Ireland

I’ve just got back (7am flight from Belfast to Exeter this morning …… very early start) from a 7 day golfing holiday in Northern Ireland and Eire. Twelve of us went from the Exeter area and played five rounds of golf at four different courses. We even entered the Great Northern Links Challenge competition but that’s enough about that element.

We were blessed with the weather – first night sunset at Portstewart – red sky at night…..

four-golf-coursesWe played at four top golf courses: The Dunluce at Royal Portrush; the Valley Links at Royal Porthrush; The Strand Course at Portstewart and the Glashedy Links at Ballyliffin.

portstewart-1This is the first hole at Portstewart – often described as the best view in golf

portstwaert-3Another Portstewart sunset – this time from the Clubhouse – Portstewart will be hosting the Irish Open next year.

portrush-4This is a replica of Darren Clarke’s Claret Jug which he won in 2011 in the Open at Royal St George’s in the Royal Portrush club house – Darren Clarke is a resident of Portrush and a member of the Club.

portrush-3The view from the green at the 5th at Portrush’s Dunluce course – White Rocks

portrush-1Royal Portrush will be hosting the Open in 2019 and this is one of the new holes that has been created especially (the current 17th and 18th holes will host of the hospitality tents so two new holes have been created).

ballyliffin-2Our final round of the trip (and our first last Monday i.e. we played this course twice) was at Glashedy Links at Ballyliffin in County Donegal. Standing on the 7th tee with the green beside the loch and mountains in the background.

ballylifin-1All four courses are very tough and we spent a lot of time looking and sometimes finding our golf balls

ballylifin-2The best tactic was to stay on the fairways ….. easier said than done

ballyliffin-3Another spectacular view at Ballyliffin from the 14th tee

ballylifin-3The course even contains it own Dolmen (Neolithic burial stones)

A fantastic week of weather and golf (well not my scores just the experience)

Thanks for the great company and thanks to Ado for organising.

I’ll do a couple more posts on this trip which will feature a some of our ‘cultural’ visits …….

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