The Royal Belfast Golf club holds the distinction of being the oldest golf club in Ireland, it origins dating back to 1881. It received royal status when King Edward II played the course in 1885.
Although not in its original location the club now enjoys a fabulous setting amongst 140 ares on the shores of Belfast Lough near Holywood. This prestigious course was designed by the eminent designer H S Colt and to this day his original design and layout remains pretty much as it was, a true testament to his great design. Over the years a number of championship events have been hosted here.
This 18 hole parkland course is a par 70, measuring 6,185 yards from the medal tees.It is a charming historic parkland course that is traditional in design and of the highest standards, and sits well in the landscape, making full use of its surroundings, with unrivalled panoramic views over Belfast Lough and the Antrim hills in the distance.
Flowing nicely over the rolling parkland and woodland, it encompasses the natural features using the mature trees, abundance of gorse and gently sloping terrain to its advantage. Its setting in the woodland provides an atmosphere of quiet seclusion.This undulating course opens strongly with a couple of uphill plays and this momentum continues throughout, each hole is unique and challenging, all offering wonderful views.
Other features of this course are,
- gentle elevation changes,
- dramatic bunkers as well as
- a number of holes being played along the waters edge.
Don’t be lulled by its length, it is a course that will certainly challenge all level of handicapper who play it. There is some climbing involved in getting around so a buggy might be advisable for some players.The course is
- maintained to the highest standards,
- manicured and a
- delight to play,
- the fairways are lush,
- the gently-sloping greens are impeccable, tight, fast and true,
- the stunning gorse although lovely to view provides a penal rough,
- and the numerous bunkers are solid and testing.