Ardglass, United Kingdom
Ardglass Golf Club
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Ardglass, R9 BT30 7TP, United Kingdom
This gorgeous cliff-top seaside links course is located hard by the Irish Sea in County Down. Golf has been played here since 1896; architect David Jones did some design updates in 2003.
The visitor rates here are £49 (€60) on weekdays, then £75 (€90) on weekends and public holidays. All-day, GUI, ILGU, winter, and guest-of-member rates are also available, as are memberships. Societies and visiting parties are also welcome with prior arrangement.
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Azagra - 9/15/14
Spectacular course. Some of its holes deserve to be between the best in Ireland (1-4, 8, 10-12). True and fast greens.
aglazier - 7/1/11
Played this as a second 18 after a morning round at Royal County Down.
This is the BEST KEPT SECRET IN IRELAND. I can't believe everyone does not know about Ardglass. The greens were the best of any of the courses I played by far, in fact they were the only ones on par with what I would expect from a premium priced golf course. The blend of rock with ocean made for some incredibly dramatic holes. The views of the ocean, rocks, islands made this the most photogenic of all the courses I played. The scenery here was breathtaking. Easily on par or better than all of the other greats I played while in Ireland-Ballybunion (Cashen and Old Course), Royal Portrush, Royal County Down, Portmarnock, and Druids Glen).
I played with a couple of local members, Paul and Mark who were awesome. I wish I could be part of a regular foursome with these guys. They gave me tips on how to play the holes and gave me a history of the course, both of which were invaluable. After seeing how they approached different shots I learned a lot and felt like I was finally beginning to understand how to play links golf and what the ideal trajectory should be on shots in relation to how many yards to go on each shot.
Oldest clubhouse in the world dates back to the 1400's. The wind was howling this day. I hit a fairway hybrid through a par 5 at 260 yards. Check out some of the club selections on the par 3s.
Even though my score wasn't great, this was probably the most enjoyable round on the trip.
Zotisk - 9/1/10
Best Score: 77