The Championship Dufferin Course, largely woodland/heathland in character, offers the golfer a genuine and demanding test. This highly rated course, renowned for its unforgiving opening holes, is exacting in its demands for skill, and memorable for its special features. Clandeboye hosted the Northern Ireland Masters in 2003 which Darren Clarke won.
The signature hole is surely the 386 yard par 4 4th where the daunting tee shot into a narrow-necked fairway embraced on both sides by gorse heather and trees sends shivers through even the most hardened veteran.
The Ava Course is the perfect partner to its sister course, exemplified by ‘Tower Gap’, the 524 yard par 5 2nd hole, rated one of the best holes in Ireland. Narrow fairways, established trees, gorse, bracken, rock close to the surface and all the other hazards of an unspoilt landscape make it a tough and varied challenge. A more sheltered course, the Ava’s user friendly fairways make it extremely popular with members and visitors alike.