Kirkistown Castle Golf Club

County Down

  • Par 69
  • 6167 Yds

Kirkistown is a traditional links – and very proud of this fact. Indeed their website gives a lengthy explanation of what is a ‘true links’ and also how to play seaside golf effectively.

The most easterly 18-hole course in Ireland was designed by James Braid and is situated in the village of Cloughey on the Irish Sea coast.

This corner of the Ards Peninsula has the lowest rainfall in Northern Ireland and, built on free-draining sandy soil, is a great year-round course.

The coast road separates the course from the Irish Sea and you enjoy wonderful views  to the Isle of Man, the Mountains of Mourne, Scrabo Tower, Newtownards and Scotland.

The wind is a key factor because Braid laid it out in two loops of nine with the inner nine played in an anti–clockwise direction and the outer nine the opposite way.

Kirkistown has several elevated greens and tees; the 12th, at 434 yards, links the two hills with the tee on one and an exposed green on top of the other.

The 435-yard, par-4 10th is the top hole, with out of bounds all along the left side, subtle bunkering on the right and a small elevated green protected by gorse and links rough.

Kirkistown has several elevated greens and tees; the 12th, at 434 yards, links the two hills with the tee on one and an exposed green on top of the other.

Kirkistown Castle celebrated its Centenary in 2002 and extended and refurbished the clubhouse to prepare the club for its second century.

“I grew up and learned to play golf at Kirkistown Castle,” says Rory McIlroy’s coach Michael Bannon. “It is a wonderful links with a great mix of holes to test all areas of your game.
“It is still my favourite place and in 40 years I have never tired of playing this course.”

Address

142 Main Road
Newtownards
County Down
BT22 1JA

Telephone

028 4277 1233
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