The Royal Golf Tour

The Royal Golf Tour

In a land studded with exceptional courses, Northern Ireland 's three Royal courses - Royal Belfast, Royal County Down and Royal Portrush, stand out as exemplars of the best golf has to offer. These courses are rich in pedigree and reputation, and widely respected in the world of golf.

Now you can play each of the three courses and enjoy all the comforts of our specially selected Hotels.

Let us tailor your all-inclusive package to include:

Stay at the Culloden and play at Royal Belfast and the Royal County Down
Stay at the Slieve Donard and play at Royal County Down
Stay at the Everglades and play at Royal Portrush and Ballyliffen Golf Course.
Deluxe Accommodation (upgrade to suite when available)
Full Irish Breakfast
Dinner on every evening
Golf at above Golf Courses
Full use of hotel's leisure clubs
Complimentary Golf Clubs and Shoes cleaning service
24 hours emergency back up assistance

The Royal Tour is the perfect three-course feast for people with a taste of top class golf, and accommodation to match. You can book this special package, and tailor it to your own specific requirements, call our Discovering Ireland Vacation experts for advice .

Golfing Breaks
Enjoy a short break at the Everglades Hotel, the Slieve Donard or the Culloden Hotel and Tee-Off at some of the finest golf courses Northern Ireland has to offer.

Offers are subject to availability and tee off times. Please call our Discovering Ireland Vacation Experts for details.

The Royal Portrush
Like a bit of history with your golf? To say Royal Portrush is steeped in heritage is an understatement. The course is overlooked by the dramatic ruins of 13th century Dunluce Castle perched precariously on an isolated crag, jutting from the sea. (A mere 360 years ago, part of the castle actually fell into the sea during a storm!). The famous links course itself has quite a colourful history and can boast more than few firsts. Founded in 1888, King Edward VII became patron and granted the course Royal status in 1893.

Right from the outset Royal Portrush was renowned for its superb turf, great playing qualities and magnificent setting. In 1951 Royal Portrush became the only course to host the British Open, and in more recent years, was the venue for the Seniors Open. In 1998, the course was voted No 8 in the Golf World Survey of the 100 greatest courses in the British Isles and is a must-play stopover for many professionals eager to experience one of the toughest golf challenges there is.

Get set to have your nerves and shot making skills tested by the notorious 5th hole and the green hanging on the edge of the cliff. Calamity Corner, the par 3 14th of 200 yards, has earned its name and fearsome reputation.

The Royal Belfast
Founded in 1881, the Royal Belfast, Ireland's oldest golf club, is tucked away amidst woodlands. It's easy to see why this site was chosen. Royal Belfast epitomises all that is great about parkland golf with its large fast greens and gentle, subtly sloping fairways. The Club has inspired the phenomenal growth and popularity of golf across Ireland, setting the standards for courses and players. The present course was designed by H. C. Colt, eminent course architect, who also laid out Royal Portrush.

The first hole is one of the best openers in Irish Golf, setting the pace for thrills to come...

The Royal County Down
The looming Mourne Mountains at your back, the stretch of golden stand arcing towards the horizon before you . . . like emerald ribbons scattered among tall sandhills wrapped in heather and gorse, the Royal County Down presents an irresistible challenge.

It's a natural setting for a golf course. According to its designer, the legendary Tom Morris, 'already 90% to being a golf course' when he laid it out in 1889 and received 4 guineas payment. The course was made Royal by Prince Edward VII in 1908 and continues to be a favourite of the famous, among them Tom Watson as a British Open warm up welcome.

Loved and feared in equal measure, the Royal County Down consists of two 18-hole courses to challenge the most expert golfer.


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