The Royals of Northern Ireland Package

Treat yourself to the Regal trio of County Down, Portrush and Belfast

  • With The Open Championship returning to Northern Ireland in 2019 for the first time in nearly 70 years, there is a renewed sense of excitement amongst golf travellers regarding the incredible golf courses in these parts.

    This recommended vacation package includes the very best golf whilst staying in great value 3-star accommodations. The Portrush Atlantic Hotel is the perfect base from which to soak up Royal Portrush (2019 Open Championship venue), the Strand course at Portstewart and Castlerock. The other two ‘must plays’ when in Northern Ireland are Royal County Down (often ranked No.1 golf course in the world) and Royal Belfast, and we suggest a few nights in Belfast at the Jurys Inn Hotel to accompany these.

    Playing 3 ‘Royals’, an Open Championship venue and the top ranked golf course worldwide all in one trip will give you substantial bragging rights!

    Royal Portrush Dunluce Course Review

    Royal County Down Course Review

    Royal Belfast Course Review

    Average weather graph for Northern Ireland

  • A 4 night suggested itinerary from $1249pp

    • Day 1 - Arrive at Belfast Airport and drive to the Portrush Atlantic Hotel in Portrush (1 hour drive)
    • Day 2 - Play golf at Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Course (5 minutes drive from the hotel)
    • Day 3 - Play golf at Portstewart Golf Club - Strand Course. Then drive to Jurys Inn Belfast (10 minutes drive to Portstewart from the hotel. 1 hour and 15 minutes drive to Jurys Inn from Portstewart)
    • Day 4 - Play golf at Royal County Down Golf Club (45 minutes drive from the hotel)
    • Day 5 - Return to USA (30 minutes drive to Belfast Airport from the hotel)

    Car rental included (self-drive)

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  • Tee Times
    Many of the golf courses you will wish to play are private golf clubs and therefore have limited tee times and restrictions on visitor play. Often demand outstrips supply, so it is never too early to begin planning your golf vacation.

    Attire in Golf Clubhouses
    Most golf clubs allow visitors to use their clubhouse facilities, including the locker rooms and dining areas. Over the last decade, golf clubs have relaxed their dress codes, however we recommend taking a pair of street shoes (not sneakers) to avoid any issues. 

    Caddies and Carts
    The majority of the links courses have caddies available because, traditionally, they are walking courses, however we will often need to book them in advance for you. Caddies are self-employed and supply can change on a daily basis. 

    With regards golf carts, these can be hard to come by on the traditional links courses and in some cases do not even exist! As with caddies, please request carts at the time of booking with us and we will do our best to reserve them for you.

    Practice Facilities
    These are not quite as abundant as they are at US golf courses, and you may struggle to find a practice range (or a conveniently located one) at the great, classic links courses in the UK and Ireland. Even if you do manage to find one, don’t be surprised if you have to purchase range ball tokens from the Pro Shop and self-serve!

    Halfway Houses and Beverage Carts
    Most of these great links golf courses were designed to play nine holes out (away from the clubhouse) followed by nine holes back, with no halfway house. Be prepared to carry refreshments in your golf bag to keep you going for the whole round. Similarly, there are very few (if any) beverage/refreshment carts at these courses as it is not customary to drink alcohol whilst playing golf in the UK and Ireland.

    Handicap Restrictions
    Many of the golf courses have handicap restrictions for visiting golfers and will require to see official proof of your handicap. The primary reason for this is to ensure only seasoned golfers visit these courses and don’t hold up play.

    The Weather
    The weather in this part of the world can be unpredictable, and you do need to be prepared for all kinds at any time of year. Having said that, in order to get the full UK and Ireland golf experience, every golfer should relish a dose of challenging weather at least once during their stay!

    Although it is possible to play golf year-round, we view April as the start of the season. For the avid golfer who is looking to play 36 holes (or more) in one day, June and July have the longest daylight hours with play possible until 10pm!