Kirkistown Castle Golf Club

Kirkistown Castle Golf Club, County Down is an 18 hole, par 69 (6167 yard), traditional fast and firm links golf course designed by James Braid in 1902.

Contact Information

142 Main Rd, Cloughey, Newtownards, County Down, BT22 1JA United Kingdom

Tel: 028 4277 1233

Golf Pro: Niall Mullen | Tel: 028 4277 1004

Website: http://www.kirkistowncastlegolfclub.com/
 

Tee Time Information

  • Midweek Guide: From £35 *
  • Weekend Guide: From £40 *

Book online: with Teeofftimes.co.uk

* Any prices shown are guide prices, please confirm with the course prior to booking.

Course Information:
18 holes | Par 69 | 6167 yards | Private | Links

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Visitors: Tee times available to Visitors 7 days per week bookable online and by contacting the Club directly. PLease visit the Club web site for full Visitor information regarding the Club and area.

  • Societies Accepted to Play
  • Society Deals Available
  • 7 Day Membership Available
  • 5 Day Membership Available

Kirkistown Castle Golf Club Reviews & Information


Golfshake Rating

  4.23

Golfshake Golf Course Rating from 21
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4.43 ... Overall Rating
4.57 ... The Course
4.17 ... Course Cond.
4.25 ... Facilities/Serv.
4.05 ... VFM
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4.17 ... Pace of play
4.33 ... Hospitality.
3.33 ... Prac. Facil.
3.83 ... Food + Drink
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21 ratings & 15 reviews on Golfshake. Ranked 874 out of 2122.

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What the club says: Experience the magic of Irish Links Golf at its finest at Kirkistown Castle. Although a par 69, this course is a challenge for even the best of players, indeed it is dotted with many deep revetted bunkers and possesses some of the most difficult par 4’s in Irish golf. With majestic elevated greens and tees the views of country and coast are simply stunning; the course plays firm and fast which requires a traditional style of strategic play. Kirkistown Castle is the boyhood course of Rory McIlroy's Coach, Mr Michael Bannon who remains an Honorary Member and still comes home to play when time permits! The closest links course to Belfast, only 45 minutes drive time.


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Reviewed Sep 2 2019 by Stuart W - rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed Jul 14 2019 by Robert B - rated 5 out of 5

Super Course

This course was recommended to me by the PGA pro at Ballycastle when I mentioned that I couldn't get a tee time at Ardglass for this particular day. It proved to be a great recommendation. The pro at Kirkistown Castle was very helpful and welcoming pointing out particular features of the course which made for a nice start. Fairways are in great condition a reasonable width which is a good thing as the rough is particularly punishing at the moment (mid July). Greens were immaculate with plenty of subtle changes and a fast pace. Bunkers are proper bunkers as befitting a true links course. There are significant elevation changes on many holes but I can't think of a blind shot being required on any. The restaurant is well worth a visit after your round. Would I play here again? Yes, on Tuesday - it was that good.
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Reviewed Nov 27 2018 by Robert M - rated 4 out of 5

Great Winter Venue

As a links course it's well known as one of the best courses to play when the weather conditions would make others courses almost unplayable. At any time of the year it presents a strong challenge.
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Reviewed Aug 6 2018 by John D - rated 3 out of 5

Worth a visit!

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Reviewed May 8 2018 by Gordon M - rated 5 out of 5

Good course for 'year round' golf.

A seaside course with many challenging holes and greens which are slick and tricky to putt on at any time. Being on a sandy base, the course can be played all year with only a couple of holes on the back nine where you will see water only at the wettest times. Good course to practice your links skills.
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Reviewed Feb 19 2018 by Stephen J - rated 5 out of 5
for this time of year the course was is great condition, green were very quick. will defo be back. club house was good crack and food was very good

(Round played: Feb 2018 - Score: 77 Handicap: 14.8)
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Reviewed Jul 10 2017 by Jonny C - rated 4 out of 5
A challenging course with some difficult holes needing accuracy over distance, a nice introduction to anyone wanting to try links golf.

(Round played: Jun 2017 - Score: 86 Handicap: 13.3)
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Reviewed May 9 2016 by Scott B - rated 1 out of 5
Kirkistown is a really good links course and usually worth the hassle you have to go through to get there. When you get through East Belfast and reach Newtownards, you have to negotiate, a winding B road that demands all your concentration. Its 42 miles from my location, Carrickfergus, but it took us 90 minutes to make the trip. The greens had obviously been hollow tined recently and they were bumpy and and impossible to stop your ball, niot a good experience.

(Round played: Apr 2016 - Score: 94 Handicap: 14.2)
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Reviewed Oct 4 2015 by Darren T - rated 4 out of 5

course was in excellent condition, food was superb and a quick service

(Round played: Oct 2015 - Score: 98 Handicap: 26.1)
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Reviewed Aug 6 2015 by Philip H - rated 5 out of 5
If you like links golf you'll love it here. A very testing round of golf with some great views. A must for any golfer.
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Reviewed Jul 24 2014 by Graham V - rated 5 out of 5
A course you can play all year round.
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Reviewed Jun 19 2013 by Paul Fitzpatrick /Wales - rated 5 out of 5
Brilliant golf course and unbelievable value for money. Contains two of the hardest holes I have played in my life (10th and 12th). Along with Ardglass a must play if golfing in N. Ireland.
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Reviewed Jan 30 2013 by Steven M - rated 5 out of 5
Very windy! Tough to control ball for high handicap player like me!
Course in great condition!!

(Round played: Jan 2013 - Score: 105 Handicap: )
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Reviewed Jan 15 2013 by Steven M - rated 5 out of 5
1st time at Kirkistown. And really enjoyed it! Greens are in amazing condition considering the weather of late.
Bit tricky to find your way if your on your own. I was with member.
Excellent days golf!

(Round played: Jan 2013 - Score: 89 Handicap: )
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Reviewed Dec 3 2012 by Ross G - rated 5 out of 5
Great links course, in great condition. Greens were some of the best I've played and must be immaculate in summer.
Well signposted on the course with quality tees, toilet at the tenth plus water fountain.
Good test of accuracy and length off the tee.

Highly recommended!

(Round played: Nov 2012 - Score: 95 Handicap: 20.8)
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Reviewed Dec 2 2012 by Ross G - rated 5 out of 5
Excellent links course, in superb condition given the amount of rain this year. The greens were immaculate and the course itself well thought out to test accuracy and the need for length in a few holes. Would highly recommend to anyone, well worth the money.
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Reviewed Mar 10 2011 by Robert P - rated 4 out of 5
Not widely known, but as good as any links course outside the Royals in Northern Ireland.
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