Galgorm Castle

Galgorm Castle Golf Club
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Galgorm Castle Golf Club is an exciting mixture of the new and the old.
This 18 hole, 6736 yards par 72 Championship course is set in 220 acres of beautiful,
mature parkland located in the heart of County Antrim.
It is overlooked by Galgorm Castle, which was built in 1618 by
Sir Faithful Fortescue.


From the outset it has received wonderful reviews from both golf writers and players,
rapidly building up a reputation as one of the finest inland courses in Ireland. (Ranked top golfing complex by The Newsletter - 1999) The course has been built in the estate grounds of Galgorm Castle,
a site of great historical interest and one of the finest examples of Jacobean architecture in Ireland.


No expense has been spared in producing a course to meet the most exacting standards of design and construction.
All greens and tees are built to USGA specification.
Full use has been made of the natural features available,
which include five lakes and two rivers, the Maine and the Braid, one of which provides a magnificent oxbow.

With the backdrops of the Castle and the ancient Irish fort of the MacQuillan clan,
there is no more inspiring setting for your golfing requirements.

The course is within half an hours drive of Belfast, the International Airport and the ferry port at Larne.
Equally close at hand are attractions such as the Giants Causeway and the world famous Glens of Antrim
making Galgorm Castle the ideal base from which to explore the delights of Northern Ireland.
Come and experience the pleasures of a round of golf at Galgorm Castle
- a warm Irish welcome awaits you on what we are sure will be a memorable visit.


Castle History
Actual site :


Galgorm Castle is one of the finest examples of Jacobean architecture in Ireland. In May 1607, King James I granted the Ballymena Estate to Rory Og MacQuillan, a mighty warrior, famous for stating “No Captain of this race ever died in his bed,” (which thankfully means Galgorm Castle has one less ghost.). His Castle overlooks and dominates the tenth green and a network of souterrains at the fifth and eighth greens.
Faithful Fortescue (b 1585) was the nephew Arthur Chichester. This name may have come from his habit of being particularly sharp in his dealings as he tricked Rory Og McQuillan out of estates and started to build Galgorm Castle in 1618. He might better have been known as Sir Faithful Fortescue as during the Civil War, in the heat of the battle of Edghhill, he changed sides from the Parliamentarians to the Cavaliers, but forgot to instruct his men to remove the orange sashes of the Parliamentarians so seventeen of them were slain by the Cavaliers as the enemy.
Always known for turning a quick buck Sir Faithless sold the estate to the infamous Dr Alexander Colville who, as legend has it was an alchemist, reputed to have sold his soul to the devil for gold and knowledge. The stories of the good doctor are well documented and his portrait is not allowed to ever leave the castle or disaster will fall. His footsteps beat out a steady tattoo through the night as he does his rounds. Other nights, a ghostly light flickers around the park as he searches for his treasure, lost for over 300 years.
The Youngs – rich linen merchants, bought the Estate in 1850 and their cousin Sir Roger Casement lived here for six years while he was at Ballymena Academy.
The Duke of Wurtenburg made his headquarters at Galgorm following the Battle of the Boyne. The renowned Irish scholar Rose Young was born at Galgorm in 1865.
During the 1980’s, Christopher Brooke and his family inherited Galgorm Castle Estate and began developing his vision to turn Galgorm Castle into the one of Northern Ireland’s premier destinations, securing the Estate’s long-term future.