What we say
Ardglass Golf Club may not be as famous as some of Ireland's best golf courses, but in pure golfing terms it deserves a place alongside the best.
"It's a beautiful course," said former Open champion Ian Baker-Finch of Ardglass. "Walking down the 18th in the middle of this historic village reminds me of walking up the 18th at St Andrews".
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This clifftop course might be dwarfed for profile by Ireland’s many superstar names, but it lacks for little.
It is steeped in history, seven holes being laid out in 1896 with a further two added within two years. Over 70 years passed until it was 18 and then in 1998 three new holes were designed by former Tour pro turned respected architect David Jones on additional land overlooking Coney Island.
Baker-Finch found the 18th memorable here, but just as many – if not more – golfers will remember the 1st more clearly, a hole that sets the tone perfectly for what is to follow.
Played from a tee lodged between the wall of the fabulous old clubhouse and the beach, the opening shot of the day – a version of Machrihanish's opener – asks you to clear rocks that fill the inside of this right-to-left dog-leg.
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The course hugs the coastline for nearly half its routing – the Irish Sea is visible from all 18 holes and sometimes the Isle of Man too – and does so again at the next, a fabulous par 3 played over grassy 'mogul hills'.
The next two are just as aesthetically pleasing, so already you're glad you made the trip here. Another stellar run starts the back nine with views to cherish and shots to inspire.
It's barely 6,300 yards but will only be overwhelmed on the rare calm day here. At No.36 in our 2021 Top 100 Ireland ranking, it's a strong course throughout, with changes in elevation always keeping things interesting.
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- Address Castle Place, , Ardglass
- Tel 028 4484 1219
- Website www.ardglassgolfclub.com
|Course Length||6,268 yards (5,731 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course has: Buggy Hire
- Course has: Driving Range
- Course does not have: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course does not have: Dress Code
- Course has: Club Hire
- Course does not have: Handicap
Been a whie since i played here but from memory it is a challening and interesting course with a mix of classic links and inland holes. The par threes are exciting and some of the par fours can be tough into the wind. Memorable most is a wall that protects one of the green fronts and dissects the course. Is it still there?