Kirkistown Castle Golf Club sits close to the most easterly point of the island of Ireland along the edge of the Ards Peninsula. There is hardly anything separating the course from the Irish Sea. The vast views stretch to the Isle of Man in the east, the Mountains of Mourne in the south, Scrabo Tower, Newtownards to the northwest and Scotland in the northeast. The area has the lowest rainfall in Northern Ireland and when this is combined with its free-draining sandy base, it delivers excellent playing conditions all year. The seaside location provides the ideal landscape for true links golf. The layout is two loops of nine holes that both begin and end at the clubhouse. The inner nine and the outer nine play in opposite directions, which means golfers will face prevailing winds from every direction. There are two small hills at the either end of the golf course that helped create the elevated tees and greens, a feature of this course. Kirkistown Castle’s signature hole is the par-4 10th, with out of bounds all along the left side and subtle bunkering on the right. If golfers manage to make it past the hazards, they are still playing to a small, elevated green that is bordered by gorse and rough.