Bronze Age wonders
For an up close and personal interaction with Northern Ireland's indigenous flora and fauna, you won't get much better than Oxford Island Nature Reserve. Nestled on the shores of Lough Neagh, the reserve is home to countless rare birds and animals, including buzzards, ospreys, pygmy shrews and otters, as well as enchanting wildflower meadows and dense woodland. If you want to keep up your energy levels, there's so much more to do here than simply admire nature: from walking trails and angling trips to art workshops and star-gazing nights, you'll see a whole new side to Northern Ireland. A little farther northwest, you'll find the Beaghmore Stone Circles. These megalithic cairns are definitely worth a trip if you're a history buff: there's something mind boggling about the realisation that these perfect stone circles were put in place by Bronze Age hands, up to 5,000 years ago.
There's nothing better after a day's golfing than a good feed – and Northern Ireland is nothing if not a foodie's paradise. Pop into Wee Paddy's, less than 10 minutes' drive from Oxford Island, for some good, honest bistro eats.