Royal County Down, Royal Portrush & Portstewart

Head to Rory's Northern Ireland back yard for a Royal links experience like no other...

  • Our suggested 4 night vacation package includes:

    • 2 nights B&B at Hastings Europa Hotel 4*
    • 2 nights B&B at Bushmills Inn 4*
    • 4 rounds of golf at Royal Belfast Course, Royal County Down Course, Royal Portrush Dunluce Course and Portstewart Strand Course
    • Car Rental (self-drive)
    • Our prices include all taxes and surcharges

    from $1495 USD pp

  • Our suggested 7 night vacation package includes:

    • 4 nights B&B at Europa Hotel 4*
    • 3 nights B&B at Bushmills Inn 4*
    • 5 rounds of golf at Royal Belfast Course, Ardglass Course, Royal County Down Course, Royal Portrush Dunluce Course and Portstewart Strand Course
    • Car Rental (self-drive)
    • Our prices includes all taxes and surcharges

    from $1975 USD pp

  • Our suggested 10 night vacation package includes:

    • 5 nights B&B at Europa Hotel 4*
    • 5 nights B&B at Bushmills Inn 4*
    • 7 rounds of golf at Royal Belfast Course, Ardglass Course, Royal County Down Course, Royal Portrush Dunluce Course, Portstewart Strand Course, Castlerock Course and Ballycastle Course
    • Car Rental (self-drive)
    • Our prices includes all taxes and surcharges

    from $2560 USD pp

  • The fact Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy all learned their trade here says it all! Play in the foot steps of golfing legends on this unforgettable golf vacation bursting with championship courses and iconic holes.

    Northern Ireland’s golf history goes back to 1881 when Royal Belfast was the first golf course to open there. The other two Royals; County Down and Portrush, regularly feature in top golfing polls across the world, and to complement these you have the likes of CastlerockPortstewart and Ballycastle…all fantastic links courses in their own right. 

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  • A 4 night suggested itinerary from $725pp

    • Day 1 – Arrive at Belfast Airport and travel straight to Wellington Park Hotel (Belfast Airport to Wellington Park Hotel = 32 min drive)
    • Day 2 – Play golf at Holywood Golf Club (Wellington Park Hotel to Holywood Golf Club = 20 mins drive)
    • Day 3 – Play golf at Ardglass Course (Wellington Park Hotel to Ardglass = 56mins drive) and travel to Portrush Atlantic Hotel (1hr25 mins drive from Wellington Park Hotel)
    • Day 4 – Play golf at Castlerock Golf Club (Portrush Atlantic Hotel to Castlerock Golf Club = 26 mins drive)
    • Day 5 – Play golf at Portstewart Golf Club (Portrush Atlantic Hotel to Portstewart Golf Club = 15 mins drive) and RETURN to USA (Portrush Atlantic Hotel to Belfast Airport = 1hr 13mins drive)

    Includes car rental (self-drive)

    Not quite what you're looking for? Speak to one of our golf specialists TOLL FREE on (+1) 844.676.GOLF to tailor your own golf vacation

    A 4 night suggested bucket list itinerary from $1495pp:

    • Day 1 – Arrive at Belfast Airport and travel straight to Europa Hotel 4*(Belfast Airport to Europa Hotel = 33mins drive)
    • Day 2 – Play golf at Royal Belfast Course (Europa Hotel to Royal Belfast Course = 23 mins drive)
    • Day 3 – Play golf at Royal Portrush Golf Club (Europa Hotel to Royal Portrush Golf Club Course = 1hr 21mins drive) and travel to The Bushmills Inn (Europa Hotel to The Bushmills Inn = 1hr 14mins drive)
    • Day 4 – Play golf at Royal County Down (The Bushmills Inn to Royal County Down = 2hr 3mins drive)
    • Day 5 – Play golf at Galgorm Castle Course (The Bushmills Inn to Galgorm Castle = 45mins drive) and RETURN to USA (The Bushmills Inn to Belfast Airport - 1hr 7mins drive)

    Includes car rental (self-drive)

    Not quite what you're looking for? Speak to one of our golf specialists TOLL FREE on (+1) 844.676.GOLF to tailor your own golf vacation

    • 7hrs

      New York John F Kennedy

      Airlines: AA/US Airways, Aer Lingus, Delta

    • 7hrs

      Newark Liberty International

      Airlines: United

    • 7hrs 10mins

      Washington Dulles

      Airlines: Aer Lingus, United

    • 6hrs 35mins

      Philadelphia International

      Airlines: American Airlines/US Airways

    • 6hrs 05mins

      Boston Logan International

      Airlines: Aer Lingus

    • 7hrs 30mins

      Chicago O'Hare International

      Airlines: American Airlines/US Airways, Aer Lingus

    • 7hrs 50mins

      Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson ATL

      Airlines: Delta

  • 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!

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Max Ford

UK & Ireland Golf Specialist

“Playing a Northern Ireland links course is an experience like no other, with unpredictable conditions, lashing north Atlantic winds and immense sand dunes to navigate”

Max Ford

UK & Ireland Golf Specialist