Cairndhu Golf Club: Golfing, Dining And More Amidst Spectacular Views

Cairndhu Golf Course’s unique position as the only headland course in Northern Ireland means golfers can face a unique challenge and relax afterwards with a tasty meal at the New Fairways Restaurant and Bar.

As the host of the NI Open 2021 a qualifier for the ISPS HANDA World Invitational, the undulating fairways, ever-present breeze and small greens make Cairndhu a must-play course for all abilities.

Paul Stinson, Honorary Secretary of the club, explained the spectacular location that attracts so many to Cairndhu.

“The course extends onto a headland just above sea level. So we have outstanding views right up the North coast, including The Glens of Antrim, over to Scotland, inland to Sallagh Braes, which is featured as a film location in Game of Thrones and then back down into Drains Bay and Larne Lough.

“If you’re standing on Ballygally Head at our second hole, the views are stunning. You will find there’s hardly a hole on the course where you won’t get to see the sea.” 

Over the years some of the world’s best golfers have graced Cairndhu’s fairways, including major winners Darren Clarke, Nick Price and Ian Woosnam. 

Cairndhu’s location and its appeal are cemented by the many tourists who mark their card with a visit to the course.

“Like a lot of courses, there was a rise in visitors thanks to The Open in 2019,” explained Paul. “It’s very common to get groups of eight to twelve individuals from a club deciding to go away for a long weekend and they try and pick a few courses to play that are close to each other.”

For those wanting to be based closer to the course, they also work with Ballygally Castle and several other accommodation providers to offer a discounted rate.

The New Fairways Restaurant and Bar are open to visitors, even non-golfers, and offer a wide range of snacks, traditional clubhouse favourites and an exceptionally good value three-course Sunday lunch to members and visitors alike.

The club encourages non-members to book online and visit the restaurant even without playing golf. They are sure to receive a warm welcome from staff and members of the club.

“The bar and restaurant have the most spectacular views of the world-famous Antrim Coast Road, and a pint of the black stuff always helps put the icing on the cake after a round on the course,” said Paul.

To book a tee time go to Visitor Booking, for restaurant bookings please contact 07739400898 or 02828 583324 Option 4.

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