Royal Belfast Golf Club
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Craigavad, Holywood, County Down,
Mrs Susanna Morrison
(028) 9042 8165
(028) 9042 1404
Founded in 1881 Royal Belfast Golf Club claim the title of the oldest golf course in Ireland.
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 impeccable 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.
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 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. 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.
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.