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Top Golf Courses For A Stag Weekend


Attention Golf enthusiasts! We at HenorStag are combining some of the top golf courses in the UK and Ireland with locations that are perfect for stag dos! These famous courses will surely tick your bucket-lists, as you get to play championship courses graced by many of the game’s greats. As well as this, the courses selected are due to their advantageous location, as they afford you and your stags to enjoy other exciting activities and nightlife within its locale. Alternatively, if you are a golfing purist and want nothing more than play Golf for the entire weekend, these course will not disappoint. They’re only the top courses in the UK and Ireland!

Royal County Down Course - Newcastle Co. Down


Regarded by many as the most scenic golf course in the UK, this stunning and famous championship course is located in a seaside town bordered by the Irish sea on one side, and the Mourne mountains on the other. The course itself has a renowned 4th and 9th tee, as the long par 3 and 4 respectively provided some of the top scenic holes in the world of Golf. With breathtaking views and incredibly challenging holes—not to mention a aesthetically pleasing seaside-town waiting for you afterwards, the Royal County Down is a great choice for a Stag do in Newcastle!

Muirfield - Approx 40 mins from Edinburgh


Home of “the Honourable company of Edinburgh golfers”, Muirfield is the oldest golf club in the world! This historic course has hosted fifteen open championships, and has a number of superb yet tricky holes that even the pros struggle with! Visitors are allowed on the course on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so opting for a Thursday tee time to usher in a four-day stag weekend in Edinburgh would be ideal!

Ballybunion (Old) - Co. Kerry


The old course at Ballybunion can be difficult, as tricky winds will often make the margin for error very slim (but we’re talking the UK and Ireland here, so that’s nothing new). Despite the course being over a century old, the greens have been renovated in recent years to make it a stunning surface to play on. Playing through dunes as you go, you will quickly discover why so many pros fall in love with this course. What’s more, being in Kerry for a stag do is advantageous in the way that it affords a multitude of charming and authentic Irish pubs to unwind in after an action-packed day on the course.

Royal St George’s Course - Kent


Known to locals by the town in which it is situated, ‘Sandwich’ in Kent, is truly one of a kind. Every hole is varied and memorable, with a number of challenging traps vying to break your spirits. The 4th hole, a 470 yard par four, is home to the UK’s tallest a deepest bunker (so approach with caution!). Cut into a large dune, this bunker is evident of the course itself, which is cut into its natural surroundings. After you finish your round, there are loads of wonderful places to stay in Kent, not to mention a vibrant nightlife with many bars and nightclubs to celebrate the stag do in style.

Royal Porthcawl - Located approx 40 minutes between both Swansea and Cardiff


The highest ranked course in Wales is located in the picturesque town of Porthcawl, overlooking the Bristol channel. The course affords some terrific views due to its location, but don’t let them distract you too much. Ball position is of the upmost importance on this course, with precision being the clear path to victory due to coastal winds. Many famous names have competed at this long standing course, and at Portcawl—you and your mates can gauge how you measure up! After trying your arm on the course, you can travel to either Swansea or Cardiff—the top two cities in Wales, to avail of renowned nightlife and top accommodation!

Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie) - Aberdeen


As the eighth oldest Golf course in the world, the Royal Aberdeen is a traditional course that overlooks the North Sea. As the host for opens in the recent past, the course is especially difficult due to being exposed to the northern winds. Like other coastal courses on this list, there are stunning views overlooking the North Sea, particularly on the back nine. What’s more, as its in close proximity to the centre of Aberdeen, there are some top hotels and spas with which you can enjoy the remainder of your weekend.

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club - Blackpool


This Lancashire golf club sits half a mile from the coast, with Blackpool Tower looming in the distance. Described as one of the toughest courses in Britain, you will have your mettle firmly tested by this monster course. As well as this, the condition of the course is fantastic, so most of the difficulty to play the course comes from the multiple traps and roughs that has claimed many a stroke. After battling it out with this beast, you can retire to great accommodation and nightlife possibilities in the vibrant city of Blackpool.

Image Credits: Golf Advisor

So there you have, there’s our list! Before you go, I’m sure you’re aware by now how costly a round on these courses will be, not to mention how difficult they will be to play when you get on the course. That being said, if you are looking for a Stag Do that is truly a once in a lifetime experience, any of these beautiful courses are to die for!


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