Course Open
Course

The present course lay-out was designed by James Braid in 1934 and it has stood the test of time. The elevated tees and greens are a particular feature here giving Kirkistown Castle an envious reputation as a challenging test of golf for even the lowest of handicappers. The Course offers ‘The Open’ style of links golf where strategic play is a must in order to get close to the challenging course Par 69, bearing in mind its 6,167 yards is longer than many courses with a Par 71. With the quick-drying nature of our links terrain, the Course is rarely closed and even in the case of heavy rainfall it dries out very quickly thereafter.

The signature hole is the Par 4 10th; at 435 yards it is reputed to be one of the most difficult Par 4’s in Irish golf. With out-of-bounds along the left hand-side, subtle bunkering on the right and a majestic elevated green surrounded by whitethorn, gorse and links rough, it is a challenge to keep the ball in play never mind make par!

Stand on the elevated 3rd tee and marvel at the coast and countryside views around you, you will quite simply feel ‘King of the Castle’ from here with Kirkistown Castle itself rising to the sky close by.

The wonderful variety of holes will test every facet of your golf game and, being situated on the Irish Sea coast, wind is usually another ‘hazard’ to be added to those already on the course. Every day presents a new challenge so whether a first-time Visitor or a seasoned Member, you will enjoy a unique round every time you play here.

Course facilities also include a practice ground, two practice greens for pitching, putting green and swing net.

It is fair to say that Kirkistown Castle Golf Course is a jewel in the County Down crown of links golf; experience the magic that is Irish Links golf at its finest here.

HoleWhite
Yards
Green 
Yards
ParSI
1 518 500 5 10
2 402 387 4 4
3 304 299 4 18
4 152 142 3 14
5 397 387 4 2
6 430 410 4 8
7 322 302 4 16
8 148 138 3 12
9 384 374 4 6
out 3057 2939 35  
10 435 420 4 3
11 127 117 3 17
12 434 420 4 7
13 440 420 4 1
14 193 180 3 15
15 353 343 4 9
16 164 154 3 13
17 440 420 4 5
18 524 504 5 11
In 3057 2978 34  
Total 6167 5917 69  
HoleRed
Yards
ParSI
1 437 5 10
2 398 5 2
3 283 4 13
4 148 3 8
5 340 4 4
6 424 5 17
7 299 4 11
8 145 3 15
9 375 4 6
out 2885 37  
10 405 5 1
11 114 3 18
12 423 5 14
13 349 4 3
14 177 3 16
15 319 4 5
16 151 3 12
17 381 4 7
18 484 5 9
in 2803 36  
Total 5688 73