This time last year Britain’s very own Rory McIlroy played the best golf of his career to claim the coveted US Open title. British golfing fans went wild to see a local lad showing the Americans how to play their course.
Hopes were high that McIlroy could retain the title he won in 2011, while legendary star Tiger Woods was the pre-tournament favourite to win. Although it was US golfer Webb Simpson who emerged as the victor, morale remains high in British golf and the likes of McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald are all well-placed to pick up major wins in the future.
In celebration of the return of the US Open we have been documenting the top three golf courses in each country in the British Isles. Our final issue focuses on Northern Ireland:
1. Royal County Down – Words cannot describe just how good this golf course is. It is the best course in Great Britain both for the holes it has to offer and for the fantastic scenery that it sits within. County Down is also seen as the third best golf course in the whole of the world behind Pine Valley and Cypress Point in the USA. The course is situated just thirty miles south of Belfast and took its 18-hole form in 1890. To really understand just how good this course is, it is vital that you take the time to give it a visit.
2. Royal Portrush – As an indication as to just how good Royal County Down is, the second best golf club in Northern Ireland is only the fourteenth best in the world. However, to be that high in the world rankings is an indication of just how good golf in Northern Ireland really. The courses compile some remarkable holes in some of the most stunning backgrounds in the world. Portrush is located just west of Northern Ireland’s biggest tourist attraction, the Giant’s Causeway.
3. Portstewart (Strand) – The theme that runs throughout all of the best golf courses in Northern Ireland is that they are all situated in breath taking scenery, and Portstewart is certainly no exception….