The Royal Belfast Golf Club

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   The Royal Belfast Golf Club Est. 1881

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The Royal Belfast Golf Club: Scenically this is the most spectacular golf course in Belfast and its right up there with some of the best in the UK and Ireland. The early parts of the course, including two superb opening par 4's, provide wonderful views over Belfast Lough (the wide estuary that leads shipping into Belfast harbour).

The course is laid out on partly-wooded, partly-open land that slopes down to the Lough's shoreline, with no end of good quality and challenging golf holes along the way. The uphill par-3 11th, starts near the shoreline and requires a blind shot up a gorse covered hill, only the flagstick provides a sighter to aim at. The long par-4 12th also requires a blind drive, and is another potential card-wrecker. Inevitably there is some climbing to do on this undulating layout, but the reward for your physical efforts are great indeed.

Colt's skilful layout contains his trademark subtly-sloping good-quality greens, often defended by solid bunkering. Just about every hole offers wonderful views. Some would argue this is not Harry Colt at his best; clearly they haven't played here, or if they did, the weather must have been atrocious. To tour the Royal Belfast course click on the video below.

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Making Contact

The Royal Belfast Golf Club
Station Rd, Craigavad,
Holywood, Co. Down BT18 0BP
Northern Ireland
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Office   +44 (0)28 9042 8165
Pro Shop   +44 (0)28 9042 8586

  +44 (0)28 9042 1404

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Golf Pro
Andrew Ferguson
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Woodland and river estuary.
Designer: Harry Colt
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6312 5941 5555
Par 70 70 72
SSS or Slope 71 69 72
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How2Get There?

8 miles NE of Belfast
From the A2 heading east from Belfast and between Holywood and Crawfordsburn, turn left into Station Road direction Guide Association Lorne House (this comes o.3 miles east of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum). After passing under railway bridge, golf entrance is on your right.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' Oct): weekdays £85; Saturday £130; Sunday £100. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends (Saturdays usually after 4:30pm).  Must book in advance. Handicap required.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire (book in advance).

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

Established in 1881, Royal Belfast has long been recognised as the oldest golf club in all of Ireland (although the Royal Curragh Golf Club, established in 1858, would now appear to have a strong claim as Ireland's oldest club and course). Royal Belfast's Ladies Branch started life in 1888.

The stately mansion house (now clubhouse) and grounds were bought by the club for £6,000, and were then transformed in 1925 into the current Harry Colt layout. In the club's early days, golf was played on common land, with the golfers wearing bright red jackets so they could be seen by other users of the common land. Two of these jackets are on display in the clubhouse.

Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) conferred the Royal prefix on Belfast GC in 1885. By royal prerogative, three Northern Irish golf clubs use the "Royal" title, namely: Belfast, Portrush and County Down.

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Latitude: (54.661633)
Longitude: (-5.783358)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in

Culloden Hotel 5-star
Bangor Road, Holywood, Belfast BT18 0EX
+44 (0)28 9042 1066

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Royal Belfast
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Golf within 20 miles The Knock; Belvoir Park; Malone
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The Royal Hotel 3-star
26 - 28 Quay Street, Bangor, Co. Down BT20 5ED
+44 (0)28 9127 1866

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles No
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Golf within 20 miles Royal Belfast; The Knock; Belvoir Park; Kirkistown Castle (25 miles); Malone (25 miles).
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