With the second Irish Golf Expo scheduled to take over the Eikon Exhibition Centre on Saturday November 28, event organisers have announced a free green fee offer for visitors this year.
With the purchase of an adult or family ticket, guests can avail of a free green fee for select golf clubs across Ireland. Not only is this free green fee a great value for money, but it is also helping golfers to try out new courses across the country.
To celebrate the coming Irish Golf Expo, we’ve come up with a list of some of Northern Ireland’s hidden gem golf clubs.
1. Edenmore Golf & Country Club
The renowned par 71 golf course at Edenmore is a popular corporate venue and continues to develop into one of the province’s true tests of golf. It is situated in Magheralin – just 15 minutes’ drive from Lisburn.
2. Greenisland Golf Club
The historic Greenisland Golf Club, still located on its original site from 1894, is a challenging nine hole members course which welcomes all visitors to enjoy the mature course and sample the beautiful views from its elevated tees and greens on the side of Knockagh Hill. The club prides itself on being a friendly, family orientated golf club, and on a clear day golfers can see Scotland, across County Down, and beyond Belfast to the Mountains of Mourne.
3. Castlerock Golf Club
Castlerock Golf Club is a classic links course set amid towering dunes. Situated on the Causeway coast and only a 20 minute drive from both Royal Portrush Golf Club and Portstewart Golf Club, Castlerock is known for the natural beauty of its peaceful setting and the views that surround it. The club’s underlying pursuit of excellence keeps this place a sacred retreat for the truly ardent followers of golf.
4. Castlereagh Hills Golf Course
Castlereagh Hills Golf Course is located on Upper Braniel Road in the heart of the magnificent Castlereagh countryside, just a few miles from Belfast’s Outer Ring. Overlooking idyllic views of Strangford Lough and County Down, the course has acquired a well-deserved reputation as a hidden gem of municipal golf courses in Northern Ireland and offers a fantastic day of golf close to home.
5. Ballycastle Golf Club
Ballycastle Golf Club, sits yards from the shoreline on the Causeway Coast – a spectacular stretch of golfing coastline of unsurpassed beauty. The course is one of the most scenic in Northern Ireland and has a multitude of personalities that will test your skills, from tame parkland holes to wild links offerings and includes flat and low-lying holes and a back nine that launches you up into seaside hills with views of Ballycastle.
6. Whitehead Golf Club
The club is situated four miles north of Carrickfergus just outside the town of Whitehead on the road to Islandmagee. The club sits on and around Muldersleigh Hill, which means that you will be treated to some of the most breath-taking views in County Antrim while you enjoy a leisurely round. From the fourth tee it is possible to see the Mourne Mountains, Scotland and across Islandmagee all the way up to the famous Antrim coast.
7. Fortwilliam Golf Club
Fortwilliam Golf Club is located off the Antrim Road in North Belfast, making it a perfect spot for a mid-week round. Offering stunning views of Cavehill to the north-west and the busy Belfast Lough to the east, this course is truly a Belfast club at heart, with many of the city’s best-known landmarks within view.
8. Aberdelghy Golf Course
Aberdelghy Golf Course is an 18 hole parkland course situated five minutes outside Lisburn city centre. One of the first municipal golf courses to be built in Northern Ireland, Aberdelghy was founded in 1986 and designed by Alec Blair and Greg Ferris as a nine-hole golf course. In 1998 the course was extended to 18 holes, offering water features at five holes. The key to this course is accuracy rather than distance, with a par of 66.
9. Colin Glen Golf Course
Colin Glen Golf Course is one of the best nine hole courses in Northern Ireland, belonging to the Colin Glen Trust, a group established for the reclamation of the Colin Glen between the Stewartstown Road and Glen Road in West Belfast. Established from the old Dunmurry Golf Club in 1994, the course has received considerable care and attention and also includes a 16-bay driving range perfect for beginners or more casual golfers.
10. Spa Golf Club
Located in Ballynahinch and opened in 1907, Spa offers a relaxing course with panoramic views from the 17th tee of the Mourne Mountains and an abundance of resident wildlife. Adjacent to the Montalto Estate, Spa is certainly well worthy of a visit, offering the opportunity of getting back to nature.
For further information on the Irish Golf Expo’s Free Green Fee offer and to book tickets visit irishgolfexpo.com