Kirkistown Castle Golf Club

4.8695294118 4.9 stars from 5 (21)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 69
  • Length: 6167 yards
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Delta, Mastercard

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 69 6167 yards N/A N/A
Green 69 5917 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 73 5688 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 21 Reviews
5 stars:
18
4 stars:
3
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

21 out of 21 reviews


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"True Links"


Neill7908412's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

As the title suggests. This is a proper test of links golf. Recent weather has the fairways a Coffee colour and running faster than linford Christie. Greens are superb. Despite the rest of the course really bouncy the greens are receptive and pure. Don’t be put off by it being a par 69. Any under par score is commendable. Staff are extremely friendly and go out of their way to help. Food and bar prices are great value and as is the price of green fees. Membership for full member under £600 for 12 months guaranteed golf or they have a winter membership which is unreal price at £230. !!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hidden gem"


Hodgie82's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

I play Kirkistown every year at xmas with our society. It is always in super condition and the greens are a joy to putt on.

I got the opportunity to play the links a few days ago and was very impressed with the total package. On arrival the pro was friendly and helpful, the course was in great order, especially the greens and after the golf, we all a had a golfers fry, which I would highly recommend. We have already booked to come in August.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fantastic course and staff."


Binsy007's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Play here a few times over the years and have to say what a fine links course. Greens are true all year round, never closed with the wet weather (like some mucky treks!!!) Great views, great holes 1 to 18. Tough test of skill but easy walked in well under 4 hrs. Professional is an absolute Star, couldn’t do enough. Bar & food well stocked, friendly staff all round clubhouse. Can’t wait to get back soon!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Gem"


u946609325's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had heard good things about Kirkistown many times over the years and it did not disappoint. Simply a great golf coure. It's not the most dramatic or spectacular of courses (I'm maybe unfairly picturing some of our great coastal links courses) but make no mistake this is a very enjoyable fair test of golf. If the winds up its a challenge if the day is calm your in for a real treat

and hopefully a respectable card.

Golf now rocks!! Go have fun.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very impressed"


u964200805's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was fantastic. The wind made the course very difficult. But once it calmed. Was a good challenge. In great condition considering winter this year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Alternative to wet Belfast Courses"


Fraser1986's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Not my first time playing down at Kirkistown Castle and won't be my last.

After humfing around on wet city courses all winter, I decided to fir down to Kirkistown knowing it would be much better underfoot. I wasn't disappointed. Course was in superb order. Full tees were back on and the greens were a pleasure to put on.

The course never disappoints to be fair, but after such a long winter, it was class to play on a dry course. If you haven't played the course before, then don't wait.

Professional shop was well stocked and the pro was a good lad. Never ate at the club but had a pint after the game. All very friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Excellent winter course"


t1118232536's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Despite a cold snap, the course was open. Front 9 all Temporary Greens due to frost. Green staff had back nine back onto proper greens by the time we hit the 10th. Our 3 ball really enjoyed the course despite this. Thankfully the 11th hole was on the proper green as one of our party hit a fantastic hole in one.

Unfortunately the clubhouse was closed so we had to drive elsewhere for lunch and celebration drink. This was the one downside of our outing, but understandable as it was a Monday in the depths of winter.

Looking forward to my next round when weather improves.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Kirkistown Golf course"


Newelsy's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/29/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the first time playing Kirkistown. The course is links and the greens were really fast. I would really recommend this course as it’s a real test of golf a couple of par 4 played like par 5. Would highly recommend the food once you’ve finished your round


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"rare to play with no wind!"


jusme's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played before in strong winds, which is not unusual on a links course. Got lucky today with virtually no wind at all, making a cold day in November feel beautiful to play in.

Course very quiet. In beautiful condition as you would expect here and a pleasure to play, given I usually play parkland course which can be very wet at this time of year. Only one tee mat over 18 holes which is a pleasure to see (hate tee mats). Fariway was great as expected. A little run could be had. Greens were running true and at a decent pace for November.

I only wished they would reduce their price to attract a few more golfers. I saw very few on the course that day. Such a shame to see such a good course not being used more. I would not pay the price they charge (we paid nothing as we used the AG free round voucher).

This course plays very difficult in the wind, but with no wind it was very fair. Good golf was rewarded. Cracking course in lovely condition and a pleasure to play. Would play it every day if the price was more competitive.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Links at its finest"


u089810824's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Vg course with good variety of holes, need to be very careful off the tee, greens in great condition, worth a visit.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Lovely members- beware the visitors!"


u591718138's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2017
First time playing Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our first visit to this club and the reception in the pro shop and the clubhouse was extremely friendly. The course presents a true links challenge, particularly when the wind is blowing, with elevated greens and tees providing excellent seaside views. The course is fairly compact, meaning that there are no long walks between green and tee, but the downside of this is that balls struck from elevated tees in windy conditions can stray onto adjoining greens and fairways. Members know where to exercise caution, but visitors (of which there are many on seaside courses like this) don't. The people behind us drove through us on a couple of occasions (our 3 hour 15 minute two-ball round was hardly slow) and narrowly missed us while on the tee. Not the club's fault, but maybe something for them to think about when welcoming visitors in the future. We'd definitely recommend this course, though we might bring hard hats next time!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Shockingly good"


u633232453's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent condition for this time of year. Solid fairways, hard fast greens and thankfully the rough was pretty forgiving. Would love to play again and am dreading playing my own boggy parkland course again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fantastic course"


coffey1337's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2017
Previously played Walked Cold weather

Reviewed on

This is the 3rd time I've played at Kirkistown and it always lives up to expectation. Course was in fantastic condition for the 2nd Jan. Got it on a good day as was little to no wind so was not too difficult. Have played before when blowing a gale and it is a completely different beast. Can't wait to play again! Staff were brilliant as well, very friendly and welcoming. Great putting green and chipping area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Worth the drive"


u338783092's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A jem of a course.

Anyone thinking of playing here should definitely give it a go. Links golf at its best .

The course uses the unique features (Hills) to give you some incredible holes and views.

I will definitely play again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course and great club"


Scott8280067's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

First time playing Kirkistown and the course was in great condition. Fairways played beautifully and greens were excellent, challenging at times but also very rewarding if you take on the brave shot. 10/10 would play again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"kirkistown golf course"


u030280083's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

had a really great day at the course ,greens where in great condition and a nice pace .the rough is not a place to be, so keep it on the fairways .you need to be brave at some of the holes and dont be afraid to try a chip and run onto the greens , stay out of the bunkers they are deep.will look forward to another round here again, value for money was excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"18 carat Links"


clemmc1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2016
Previously played Walked Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played at start of Feb when most other courses were closed due to adverse weather , truly remarkable that the course and greens were so dry .Staff were so welcoming and friendly, food in clubhouse was superb, all in all a GR8 day .THANKS TO ALL


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Kirkistown Castle GC"


David1684852's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Alberta Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2015
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

There is no better place to play golf than on a true links course and Kirkistown Castle has been giving golfers that experience since 1902. With native fescue splitting the marram grass fairways, gently rolling terrain and a good breeze coming off the sea, you're in links heaven. A friendly greeting from Niall in the pro shop, a good test of golf and a pint afterwards made for a great day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Kirkistown"


Stevie9687972's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a course to play at the start of 2015.<br/> Warm welcome from the Pro at the shop.<br/> Course was Amazing<br/> fairways were in great condition.<br/> Greens were running fast for this time of the year.<br/> Will be going back again to play the course great value for money.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A real test of golf."


Tom5064296's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Myself and three friends played a Saturday afternoon fourball. The course was in great condition despite the horrendous weather we had in the few days before our game. The greens are the best I have seen at this time of year. The wind was galeforce but it just added another element to an excellent day out. The change in elevation from tee to fairway and fairway to green was really challenging. The wind made the course play fairly long also. I would strongly recommend the course to golfers of all handicaps.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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