Royal Belfast Golf Club
Royal Belfast Golf Club, founded in 1881, is the oldest golf course in Ireland, and is located in a scenic setting with stunning views of Belfast Lough and the Antrim plateau beyond.
The present course dates back to 1925 when H.S. Colt, the eminent English course architect of the day, was tasked with designing and laying out the course at the present location.
The course remains much the same today as it was then, with groves of rhododendrons and gorse providing a colorful backdrop in spring. The course provides a true test of golfing skill, with accuracy rather than length being the key to success.
The numerous bunkers and subtly sloped greens make posting a low score a difficult feat. The Par 3 4th is a memorable hole, requiring a very accurate shot to a green literally surrounded by bunkers. The 408 yard Par 4 9th, rated the most difficult on the course, plays directly alongside the shores of Belfast Lough. Visitors are warmly welcome to enjoy a real slice of history and a wonderful golfing experience on the Harry Colt designed course.
The Victorian clubhouse provides first-class service and is the perfect place to relax after a round of golf. Golf Club: Royal Belfast Golf Club. Type of course: Parkland. Course professional: Yes.
Best days to play: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Restrictions on Saturday.
SSS: 70. Length in yards: 6,185. Par of course: 70. Course designer: H.S. Colt. Handicap/certificate requirements: Required.