Swinging along to Northern Ireland for a magnificent golfing getaway, from Dungannon to Portrush

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Dungannon, Portrush and Lough Erne are three of Northern Ireland's premier golf courses. And they can all be enjoyed in one trip, as Tom Chesshyre discovered.
Dungannon Golf Course in County Tyrone was buzzing. In the clubhouse - beyond a picture of Darren Clarke, the former Open champion, who learned his craft here - players chatted. All seats taken. Plenty of banter and Guinness consumed.

Wallace McCarroll, the club's ebullient secretary, joined us. 'Since the lockdowns, membership has shot up to 1,000 from about 600. People are taking to the game because you can get out and about. Long may it last.'

With football (tearfully) out of the way and with the Open Championship just finished at Royal St George's in Sandwich, Kent (where Clarke won his title) a golf holiday is surely in order. And where better than in Northern Ireland, home to dozens of wonderful friendly courses, with no quarantines or time-consuming and expensive PCR tests?

The fifth hole at Royal Portrush Golf Course, which overlooks White Rocks beach

A golfing road trip, you soon find, is a great way to explore the province. Dungannon, an hour's drive west from Belfast, was the start of a long…
Tom Chesshyre, By Tom Chesshyre For The Daily Mail
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