Here you can play ‘The Open’ style links at very reasonable green fee rates. Kirkistown Castle Golf Club has a huge variety of holes and being at the seaside means that ‘wind’ is nearly always something to be mastered as well as the subtleties of the course.  The legendary golf course architect James Braid designed the layout in 1934 and little has changed since.

 

The signature hole is the par four 10th, measuring 435 yards. With out of bounds all along the left side, some bunkering on the right and a small elevated green protected by gorse and links rough, this hole lives up to its ranking of 3rd hardest hole. The layout makes perfect use of the two small hills at either end of the course.

 

The 12th hole links the two hills with the tee box on one and an exposed green on top of the other. This area has the lowest rainfall in Northern Ireland and, with the free draining sandy base, the course remains playable all year round.