Love golf so much you can't imagine taking a break without a round or four? Relax, in Craigavon you'll find a variety of challenging courses, all amidst luscious scenery and offering very reasonable fees and the friendliest of welcomes. There's wonderful food on offer and you won't have to travel far for great accommodation, whether it's welcoming hotels, B&B's or country houses or delightful self-catering options.
Start out at Portadown Golf Club, a must for visiting golfers. Just two miles outside Portadown the exceptional 18-hole Par 70 parkland course, in a beautiful wooded setting, guarantees great golfing for all standards. Keep your wits about you on the 9th hole, where you'll need to drive over the River Bann! The 19th hole is pretty special too. Opened by legendary golfer Fred Daly, you can enjoy great views from the clubhouse where some excellent food and wine is on offer at the 19th Restaurant. Fish freshly caught from Strangford Lough is the speciality so why not enjoy a lunch of sautéed fillets of sea bass with a mussel and cockle risotto. If you can face a short break from golf, they also offer squash, snooker, indoor bowls and pool. It's open dawn to dusk, though Tuesday is ladies only.
Another superb 18-hole parkland course isn't too far away in the serene setting of the Edenmore Golf and Country Club. With sharply contrasting front and back nine holes, golfers have to be ready to adjust their game. If you feel in need of some assistance, call on club professional Andrew Manson, a former Ulster Amateur interprovincial team winner, for a private lesson or an accompanied round on the course. You can also indulge in their health club and spa. Relax for dinner on the balcony of Bailies restaurant on the first floor of the country club, with its beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Dishes such as slow cooked beef with green beans and celeriac mash have earned Bailies a widespread reputation for culinary excellence.
Beautiful Lurgan Golf Club, which borders Lurgan Lake, has become renowned as one of the most interesting and well-presented parkland courses in Northern Ireland. Well wooded, it is of medium difficulty and will keep golfers of all abilities on their toes.
Like all Craigavon's clubs it's also very welcoming to visitors with very reasonable fees. After a bracing morning on this lovely course, head to their Bunker 43 Restaurant overlooking Lurgan Park for an excellent lunch of venison sausages with chive champ and a glass of sauvignon blanc,
Ready for something a little different? Not far away, you'll discover Craigavon Golf and Ski Centre and its three golf courses. Set in mature parkland, they cater for all abilities with an 18-hole parkland course, nine-hole par three course and 12-hole pitch and putt course. You can take advantage of their floodlit driving range and putting green too! Sitting on the covered terrace of their clubhouse restaurant you'll have a great view of the golf course and Northern Ireland's only artificial ski slope to accompany dinner. If you've still got some energy to burn what about skiing or snowboarding down the 200-ft ski slope too?