The NI Golf Open returns again to Ballymena in August. Over the years at Galgorm Castle more than 39,000 visitors visited Ballymena for the event. We want to give you plenty of time to make your plans to be there.


In 2017 the NI Open at Galgorm Castle has adopted a new format which you can see below:

A brand new format and a tournament full of innovation is certain to make the 2017 Northern Ireland Open, presented by Modest! Golf, one of the most talked about events in world golf this year and a must visit for golf fans across the UK and Ireland. (Source)


Here is what else you can expect at the NI Open at Galgorm Castle


24 Players | 28 Matches | One Winner

Continuing the short form matchplay theme from other European Tour events such as this year’s Super 6 in Perth, Australia, the NI Open will produce even greater excitement because the knock-out, strokeplay format on the final day will ensure the action continues until the last hole for each of the 28 matches.

The top eight players after 54 holes of strokeplay will receive a bye into the 2nd round of 6-hole strokeplay matches and will be seeded.

The remaining 16 players (positions 9-24) will be randomly paired for the first round of matches, with the winners of the first round matches going on to meet the eight seeded players in the second round (last 16).

Any matches level after six holes will be decided by a ‘Sudden Death’ playoff hole.

Only one champion will be left standing!

The NI Open is a great family day out and has lots to keep you entertained even if you aren’t a golf enthusiast. Take a look:



The NI Open Village houses the NI Open Food Festival, a wide range of Exhibitors, a Public Bar and Live Music over the weekend.

The NI Open Food Festival showcases the finest of local produce so bring your appetite!

A wide range of Exhibitors offer lots of fun and prizes to be won! While the public bar and food court offer the perfect place to unwind away from the course, at the same time allowing you to keep an eye on the tournament scoreboard. Over the weekend, live music will provide a real party atmosphere for all in attendance.


The NI Open is not just about watching golf; you can PLAY golf too! FREE lessons for all the family and you can play a few holes on Galgorm Castle’s brand new pitch & putt course.

The interactive zone also houses the Kids Fun Area with plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained!

For information about how to secure your free tickets for the NI Open at Galgorm Castle in Ballymena please click here.