THE GOLFING WORLD HAS DISCOVERED NORTHERN IRELAND… AGAIN Northern Ireland is home to one of the finest collections of links courses… World #1 Royal County Down, World #7 Royal Portrush, Castlerock, Portstewart, Royal Belfast, and Ardglass. Like a whiskey tasting at the 235-year-old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland’s links golf is full of all the flavors you’d expect but always surprises you with new colors, smells, and experiences. That visceral reaction starts at the top of every golfer’s bucket list with Royal County Down and Royal Portrush, ranked No. 1 and No. 7 on Golf Digest’s World 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Portrush’s Open course, Dunluce Links, and the underrated Valley Links, make for a stirring 36-hole day. As for Royal County Down, which also has a nifty par-66 Annesley Links, the status of its Championship course remains unchanged as the best golf course outside the US. County Down’s holes are 18 perfectly constructed mysteries, some blind but all beguiling and beautifully perfect.