Kirkistown Castle Golf Club
Kirkistown Castle Golf Club is a gem of a course located in the charming village of Cloughey on the eastern seaboard of the Ards Peninsula in County Down, Northern Ireland. As the nearest links golf course to the city of Belfast, just 45 minutes away by road, it offers a unique opportunity to experience the best of Irish Links golf. In fact, it is also the most easterly 18-hole golf course on the island of Ireland.
The club boasts a vibrant membership of around 800 members across various categories, from avid golfers to those who appreciate the warm and inviting Club atmosphere. The course itself was designed by James Braid in 1934 and has remained virtually unchanged, standing the test of time as one of the most challenging and scenic golf courses in the region.
The elevated tees and greens are a standout feature, presenting a challenging test of golf for even the most skilled golfers. With its quick-drying links terrain, the course is rarely closed, even in the case of heavy rainfall, making it a popular choice for golfers year-round. The course offers a classic "Open" style of links golf, where strategic play is a must to navigate the course's Par 69, especially considering its length of 6,167 yards, longer than many courses with a Par 71.
The signature hole is the Par 4 10th, measuring 435 yards and considered one of the most challenging Par 4s in Irish golf. The course's variety of holes will test every facet of your golf game, and the proximity to the Irish Sea coast means that wind is often an additional hazard to consider.
In addition to the course, Kirkistown Castle Golf Club offers excellent facilities, including a practice ground, two practice greens for pitching, a putting green, and a swing net. All visitors are welcome to experience the magic of Irish Links golf at its finest.
Overall, Kirkistown Castle Golf Club is a must-play for anyone looking for a challenging round of golf in a scenic and historic setting. With its elevated tees and greens, challenging layout, and stunning views of the Irish Sea, it is a true jewel in the crown of County Down's links golf courses.