Belfast, Northern Ireland Golf Courses

golf northern ireland belfastNorthern Ireland and Belfast boast over 90 incredible golf courses including links, seaside, meadow and parkland. Stunning backdrops and breathtaking scenery entice golfers from all over the world to visit Northern Ireland and play this legendary game.

Malone Golf Club. A supreme inland course founded in 1895, Malone Golf Club features 27 holes of championship golf on 300 acres of wooded parkland - 5 miles from Belfast city centre. Both the Main Course and Edenderry Course offer 27 scenic and challenging holes of golf with gently rolling terrain, a tapestry of mature wood, a restful lake and a blaze of flowers. Malone also features two snooker tables, an outdoor bowling green, a 27-acre lake stocked with trout for fly fishing, and a clubhouse with a restaurant and bar.

Royal Belfast Golf Club. Founded in 1881, Royal Belfast is the oldest of the four Royal Clubs in Northern Ireland. This historic landmark was the inspiration for the growth and organization of the game in Northern Ireland and is a prized course to play. Royal Belfast is a course of great charm which provides a true test of golfing skill and which has one of the loveliest settings of any in Britain with its unrivalled views of Belfast Lough and the Antrim plateau beyond. The Victorian Clubhouse offers spectacular views and a formal restaurant and lounge. Visitors are welcome and buggies are available.

Royal County Down. Royal County Down at Malone Lodge Hotel, Northern Ireland Beneath the spectacular gaze of the Mountains of Mourne - along the shores of Dundrum Bay - is the most beautiful golf course in the world. Laid out in 1889, Royal County Down reflects the marvellous greenery that Mother Nature architected at Newcastle. As well as being one of the world’s most beautiful courses, it is also one of the most challenging with swathes of heather and gorse lining fairways that tumble beneath vast sand hills, and wild tussocky-faced bunkers defending small contoured greens. Play the challenging Championship Links, rated among the world’s top ten courses, or the less intimidating Annesley Links. 

Royal Portrush Golf Club. Golf World Magazine rates Royal Portrush Golf Club in the world’s top 20! Founded in 1888, Royal Portrush has two championship courses - the renowned Dunluce Course and Valley Course. Host to the first Open Championship in Northern Ireland, the Dunluce Course offers challenging golf and breathtaking scenery, with greens amid huge sand dunes that provide spectacular views of the Antrim Coast. The 5th hole, White Rocks, is one of the most exhilarating two-shots in golf. If you over hit the second shot, your ball disappears into the Atlantic. The 14th hole, Calamity, requires a precise shot to carry the ball over an enormous ravine. Visit www.royalportrushgolfclub.com.

Portstewart Golf Club. Portstewart Golf Club at Malone Lodge Hotel, Northern Ireland Situated on Ulster’s Causeway Coast, Portstewart Golf Club offers 45 holes of challenging play. The Strand Course is set in classic links country amid towering sand dunes with views of the blue Donegal Hills, the Atlantic and the tranquil estuary of the River Bann. The opening hole with its elevated tee, dog-leg right to the green and sandy strip, is followed by seven new holes which are a joy to play. The nine-hole Riverside Course stretches from the clubhouse to the River Bann. The Old Course is situated at the eastern end of Portstewart along the rocky shore, where golf was first played in 1889. A championship course, Portstewart has hosted the Irish Amateur Championship in 1992, held qualifying rounds of ‘Open’ in 195, and has hosted the Irish Professionals and Irish Amateur Close. Visit www.portstewartgc.co.uk

Balmoral Golf Club. Set in the suburbs of South Belfast, 3 miles of city centre, Balmoral Golf Club is one of Northern Ireland's top parkland courses. With tricky greens guarded by bunkers, the 6,276 yard course is an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all levels. Soft undulating fairways lined with mature trees demand shot accuracy from tee to green. Measuring 452 yards, the first hole is one of the most demanding in Belfast, and usually provokes a bogie five. Fred Daly - who called this course home for 40 years - remains the only Irishman to have won the coveted Open Championship. Visit www.balmoralgolf.com.

Dunmurry Golf Club. Dunmurry Golf Club at Malone Lodge Hotel, Northern Ireland Founded in 1905 on the outskirts of Belfast, Dunmurry Golf Club offers some of the best parkland golf in Ulster, with a successful round requiring accurate drives and varied shotmaking. A 10 minute drive from Belfast City Centre, the 18 hole, par 70, parkland course lies adjacent to the River Lagan and offers an enjoyable yet challenging test of golf for all players. At Dunmurry, golfers enjoy excellent playing conditions and a new clubhouse. After a round, enjoy a drink in the bar which overlooks the course and the woodlands of the Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.

Shandon Park Golf Club. Shandon Park Golf Club has long been one of Northern Ireland’s great 18-hole parkland golf courses. Situated 3 miles from Belfast city centre in the leafy suburbs of East Belfast, the course has proved to be one of Northern Ireland’s most successful amateur clubs winning the European Amateur Championships in 2000 and 2001. The club features a pro shop with clubs and lessons with PGA pros. Visit www.shandonpark.net

Belvoir Park Golf Course. Belvoir Park Golf Course at Malone Lodge Hotel, Northern Ireland This beautiful 18-hole Belfast course affords an excellent test of play and maximum pleasure to golfers. Many famous golfers such as Peter Allis and Fred Daly and Peter have rated Belvoir Park one of the best inland courses in Northern Ireland, if not the British Isles. Founded in 1927, the magnificent course is lined with 200-year old oak, beach, and fir trees. Along with members, visitors and groups are welcome. Visit www.belvoirparkgolfclub.com.