Golf on the Causeway Coast
Northern Ireland boasts over 90 diverse courses, whether you are seeking championship A, links or parkland, we have it all. Our two ‘jewels in the crown’ are Royal Portrush and Royal County Down, both regularly ranked in the world’s top 20 courses and host international golf tournaments regularly, recently including, the 148th British Open. We are the perfect base for the golf enthusiast, with the return of the Irish Open to Portstewart we cannot wait to welcome all our fellow golfers from around the world.
Royal Portrush was founded in 1888, the legendary club has two championship courses – the well-established Dunluce Course and the slightly smaller Valley Course. Both command impressive views across the North Atlantic, on clear days Scotland and Donegal are clearly visible. The golf is even more impressive than the view. The only club in Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship, Royal Portrush cannot be missed.
Car Journey from Barns: 8 Minutes
Portstewart Golf Club
In the lovely coastal town of Portstewart just a few miles on the road from Royal Portrush lies three fantastic Golf Courses. It is proud to offer 54 holes with The Strand Course being the most affluent in terms of both quality of the game and the scenery. The course has towering sand dunes with views at every turn of the Donegal Hills, Mussenden Temple, the Atlantic Ocean and the River Bann. The clubhouse has a lovely restaurant and a well-stocked pro shop.
Car Journey from Barns: 12 Minutes
Castlerock Golf Club
Like all the great courses in Northern Ireland Castlerock boasts incredible views down the coastline but proves a test compared to traditional links golf. The club was formed in 1901 and boasts two golf courses. Firstly, the Mussenden Course which is an 18-hole championship course and rated in the top five course in Ireland. The course was designed by the world famous golfing icons Ben Sayers and Harry Colt.
Car Journey from Barns: 25 Minutes
Royal County Down Golf Club
Royal County Down is considered a cult hero of a course among many independent assessors. It has consistently been ranked as one of the world’s top ten best courses and has a wide reputation. It is located in the quaint setting of the Murlough Nature Reserve. The links zig zag back and forth to provide a different vista from virtually every hole with the backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne.
Car journey from Barns: 1 hr 50 Minutes
Ballycastle Golf Club
Founded in 1890, Ballycastle Golf Course is a stone throw from the sea on a spectacular stretch of golfing coastline. The course is one of the most scenic in Northern Ireland and has a multitude of personalities from tame parkland holes to wild links offering flat and low lying holes and a back nine that challenges the world’s best whilst having a breath taking view of Ballycastle town, Fair Head, Rathlin Island and on a clear day the Mull of Kintyre.
Car journey from Barns: 15 Minutes