In October 2011 Ardglass Golf Club won Course of the Year Award by IGTOA (Irish Golf Tour Operator Association). Situated on the south-east coast of County Down, Ardglass is unquestionably one of the most spectacular courses in all of Ireland. Essentially the course meanders its way out to a headland and then meanders its way back. The first five holes are truly memorable and run right alongside the sea.
The par 3 2nd (Howd's Hole) is favoured by many but is also many people's undoing! The tee shot needs to be fired across a rocky inlet, it is a real death-or-glory hole and somewhat reminiscent of the 3rd at Tralee. "At only 167 yards, it may not be as damaging to the score card as 'Calamity' at Portrush but it nevertheless comes with a health warning" (Golf World).
A second magnificent par 3 is the downhill 12th where the Irish sea can provide a daunting diversion and when the wind is dead against, it can be truly intimidating. The final hole however, offers a good chance of a closing birdie and then its off to the 19th, which at Ardglass is a converted ancient castle which is the oldest building used as a Clubhouse in the world.
Restrictions: Must contact club in advance to make a reservation stating you are an Open Fairways member, all bookings strictly subject to availability.
Castle Place, BT30 7PP 54.3034422 -5.5618573
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