Situated just two miles from Belfast city centre, this Harry Colt course is one of Ireland's best kept golfing secrets.
A committee was appointed and the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Sir William Turner, was chosen as chairman. Sir William Turner was to become the first captain of the Club and was captain in 1927, 1928 and 1929. The first President of the Club was the Lord Deramore whose family had owned the land that was to become the golf course for generations.
The Club purchased 163 acres of the Deramore estate on a 10,000 year lease. By permission of Lord Deramore, the Club was permitted to use his family coat-of-arms. The course was opened by Lord Deramore in June 1929 with Sir William Turner hitting the first shot.
A persuasive figure in the formation of the Club in the earliest days was the Attorney General, Mr A B Babington (later to become Sir Anthony Babington, whose family have long been associated with Royal Portrush Golf Club).
He was a first-class golfer and a member of several clubs throughout the British Isles and it was on his advice that Mr H S Colt was employed as course architect. Mr Colt reported, "I consider that it will be possible to make a course affording an excellent test and, at the same time, one that will give maximum of pleasure to players".
The Course Today
The holes on the course have been shaped and separated by thoughtful planting of many new varieties of species of trees.
In large part this was due to Dr J A Smiley, Captain of the Club in 1958, who was involved in the planting of 40,000 new trees, such as Scots pine, Douglas firs, larch, cypress and many other varieties. The forest between the 15th and 7th fairways was largely planted by Dr Smiley personally, and has been affectionately known as Smiley's wood.
Many famous golfers such as Peter Allis, Fred Daly, Rory McIlroy and the world renowned golf writer Peter Dobereiner have rated Belvoir Park as one of the best inland courses in Ireland, if not the British Isles.
Opening timesThe Clubhouse is open from 9am to 11pm all year round. Tee times are available from sunrise to sundown - to check availability, please visit www.belvoirparkgolfclub.com.
Top Reasons To Visit
- Parkland course
- 6537 yards - Par 70
- Buggy hire available from Pro Shop
- Bar and restaurant facilities