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Royal Belfast Golf Club was founded in November 1881 making it Ireland’s oldest golf club.

In 1885, the club became “Royal” after the Prince of Wales (subsequently King Edward VII) was invited to become its Patron during a visit to Ireland. After WW1, the club moved to Craigavad House on the shores of Belfast lough and in 1925, the famous course architect H S Colt was appointed to design the layout of the new 18-hole course, which opened a year later.

The course remains much the same today as it was then, a tribute to the enduring excellence of its original design. No matter the season, the course is meticulously maintained with impeccable greens. The groves of Rhododendrons and gorse provide a colourful backdrop in Spring with views over Belfast Lough and the Antrim plateau beyond.

Royal Belfast provides a stern golfing challenge, as there is the requirement for accuracy rather than length. The numerous bunkers and subtly sloped greens makes a low score a difficult feat.

Amongst the more memorable holes on the front nine are the short Par 3 4th hole. It measures 142 yards, but requires a very accurate shot to a green, literally surrounded by bunkers.
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  • Station Road
  • Craigavad
  • Belfast
  • Down
  • BT18 0BP

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Oldest Golf Club in Ireland
  • One of only three Royal Golf Clubs in Northern Ireland
  • Voted one of the best Parkland courses in Norther Ireland 2021
  • Harry Colt designed course

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