Founded in 1881, Royal Belfast Golf Club lays claim to the title of the oldest golf course in Ireland. The present course dates back to 1925, when responsibility for the course design and layout at the present location was given to H.S. Colt, the eminent English course architect of the day. With the assistance of Walker Cup player W.A. Murray, Colt produced a course of great charm which provides a true test of golfing skill and enjoys one of the most scenic settings of any in these islands with its unrivalled views of Belfast Lough and the Antrim plateau beyond.
The course remains much the same today as it was then, a tribute to the enduring excellence of its original design, always meticulously maintained with impreccable greens and groves of rhododendrons and gorse providing a colourful backdrop in spring. Visiting players are always warmly welcome to enjoy a real slice of history.
The course is meticulously maintained with established trees, lush fairways, impeccable greens and gorse providing a colourful backdrop in spring, always providing a true test of golfing skill in one of the loveliest settings in Ireland, with unrivalled views over Belfast Lough and the Antrim plateau beyond.
Royal Belfast provides a stern golfing challenge. At the heart of its varied challenges is the constant requirement for accuracy rather than length, providing all levels of golfer with a fair test of golf. The numerous bunkers and subtly sloped greens ensure that posting a low score is indeed a difficult feat.
Among the more memorable holes on the front nine are the short Par 3 4th, which measures only 142 yards but requires a very accurate shot to a green literally surrounded by bunkers. The Par 4 8th has out of bounds all along the left hand side and the 408 yard Par 4 9th, rated the most difficult on the course, plays directly alongside the shores of Belfast Lough. The homeward journey will not disappoint either, from the beautiful short par four 10th playing alongside the water's edge, the signature par 3 11th, right through to the long Par 5 18th, each hole is a real pleasure to play.
As one of the country's premier 18 hole private members' clubs, visitors are assured of a very warm welcome, a wonderful golfing experience on the Harry Colt designed course and first class service in the splendid Victorian clubhouse.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.
Green fees:Weekdays £65; Weekends/public holidays £75.
Best days to play:Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sundays - restrictions on Saturday.
Length in yards:6,185
Par of course:70
Course designer:H.S. Colt
Course professional: Yes
Location / Directions
From Belfast follow A2 to Bangor, stay on A2 and bypass Hollywood, go under the Bridge at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, approximately 400 tards turn left at traffic lights onto Station Road, the Golf Club is directly under the Bridge on the right hand side.
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