SCORE A HOLE IN ONE WITH A BREAK IN NORTHERN IRELAND
NORTHERN IRELAND is home to some of the most successful major-winning golfers in the world including stars like Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, who all honed their considerable skills on courses in Northern Ireland.
It should come as no surprise then to learn that Northern Ireland boasts over ninety golf courses, six of which are Links Courses, and with the Irish Open taking place in Portstewart in July 2017, there has never been a better time to get out and explore this golfer’s paradise.
Tourism NI Market Manager (ROI), Fiona Cunningham, explained why there is no better time to head north: “Golf enthusiasts everywhere will be delighted to hear that Tourism Northern Ireland has been busy gathering some great value travel offers as part of our ‘Say Hello to More’ Campaign that will allow Irish visitors to experience some of the best golf courses in the world.”
“But if golf isn’t your thing then don’t worry as Northern Ireland has some world-class spas to help you while away the hours. So as your other half plays eighteen holes you can relax in a hot tub, have your stresses expertly massaged away by an expert therapist or simply have some quiet time and read a book in a stunning thermal village.
Tourism Northern Ireland has outlined some of the best spots around Northern Ireland to try for a golf and spa autumn break:
Say Hello to More Golf & Spa Breaks
Lough Erne Golf Resort, Co Fermanagh
The multi-award winning Lough Erne Resort is a luxurious 5* hotel nestled on a 600 acres peninsula with spectacular views of Lough Erne and is home to two Championship Golf Courses – The Faldo Course, designed by six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo, and Castle Hume Golf Course. The resort gained worldwide recognition when it hosted world leaders as they attended the 2013 G8 summit which took place onsite. Those looking for a more relaxing experience can indulge in the Thai Spa which offers a unique Thai inspired experience and includes a Thermal Suite, Infinity pool and a range of luxury treatments.
Book an autumn break away and stay at the Lough Erne Golf Resort from only £90 per night. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before enjoying the Collop walk around the golf course which boasts stunning views across Lough Erne.
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Co Down
The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is located next to Royal County Down, a course which is deemed one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links courses as it is set against the magnificent Mountains of Mourne. It played host to the Irish Open in 2015 and stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay offering a different vista from almost every hole. The hotel is also home to one of Europe’s finest spa and offers a first class gym, pool, rock sauna, amethyst steam room, vitality pool, fitness suite and drench showers.
Take a short break at the Slieve Donard Resort from £120 per room this Autumn, including full Irish breakfast and electric bike hire which are ideal for explore the nearby trails in Tollymore Forest Park.
Galgorm Resort & Spa, Co Antrim
Set in 163 acres of lush parkland and with the spectacular River Maine flowing through the estate, the 4* Galgorm Resort & Spa is a truly unique and beautiful setting. Inspired by the estate’s woodland and river, The Spa at Galgorm, uses the four basic elements of nature; earth, water, fire and air to bring harmony to the spa journey. The recently opened Thermal Village, the first of its kind in Ireland, has an outdoor Beltane hot tub and open fire, riverside hot tubs, Celtic sauna, and the River House, all set in landscaped gardens.
Across the road, Galgorm Castle Golf Club is one of Ireland’s finest Championship parklands and is the Home of the European Tour’s Northern Ireland Open. Enjoy a Destination Deluxe package at Galgorm Resort & Spa this Autumn from £89 per person sharing. Guests can choose from an array of onsite activities including golf and the unique indoor and outdoor Thermal Spa Village.
Roe Park Resort, Derry~Londonderry
Set amidst the beautiful surroundings of the Roe Valley County Park, the 4* Roe Park Resort is one of Northern Ireland’s premier golf and spa resorts. Golfers will enjoy the 18-hole course with views of Lough Foyle and the Inishowen Peninsula, whilst visitors looking for a more relaxing experience can indulge in the luxurious spa which offers an Aqua Meditation Chamber, Sauna, and Steam Suite.
Enjoy a golf and spa experience at the Roe Park Resort in Limavady from only £245. Visitors can experience two nights in an upgraded luxury suite with unlimited rounds of golf on the resort’s 18-hole golf course and a back massage and facial followed by an evening meal.
Portstewart Golf Club, Portstewart
Situated on Northern Ireland’s magnificent Causeway Coast, Portstewart Golf Club is indisputably the jewel in Portstewart’s crown for both quality of game and scenery. The course offers stunning views at every turn of the Donegal hills, the Atlantic and the River Bann.
For something a little less challenging, the Riverside Course stretches from the clubhouse down to the River Bann and if you like a little heritage in your game, the original Old Course situated at the eastern end of Portstewart along the rocky shore, has tested players since 1889.
Portstewart Golf Club will host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open next year, setting up a three-week spell of links golf culminating in the Open Championship. It is also situated just four miles from Royal Portrush, which will host the 2019 Open Championship.
Feeling inspired to take a golf or spa break in Northern Ireland this Autumn? For more details on the Say Hello To More campaign or to book one of the special accommodation packages on offer, visit www.sayhellotomore.ie.