Belvoir Park Golf Club, Belfast, County Antrim
Founded 1927. Parkland Course
Situated two miles from Belfast City, Belvoir Park is one of the finest inland courses in Northern Ireland. Founded in 1927 and designed by Harry Colt, this undulating course meanders through some 136 acres of mature woodland. At just less than 6,500 yards from the medal tees, Belvoir Park is not particularly long but the layout features a great mix of holes, with the last three holes being particularly impressive.
Offering generous driving areas and immaculate greens, Belvoir Park is a pleasure to play and remains one of the best parkland courses in Ireland, hosting the Irish Open in 1949 and 1953, with the winner Harry Bradshaw claiming afterwards that “it was the best inland course I have ever played”. The course hosted the Irish PGA Championship in 1995 and most recently the Irish Amateur Close Championship in 2008.
Northern Ireland has many stories to tell about its troubled past but thankfully the harrowing historical element is now confined to history and we can more fully appreciate the region for its general beauty and many attractions. The Antrim coastline in particular is breath-taking, with the Giants Causeway a must-see for any visitor.
Playing Royal Portrush & Portstewart provides the ideal opportunity to visit the famous Bushmills Distillery nearby, while you should also take in the imposing ruins of Dunluce Castle and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
Belfast is another vibrant city, which offers much in terms of attractions, restaurants and excellent shopping. The recently opened Titanic Belfast is a wonderful experience and should be included if at all possible, while the Ulster Museum and Belfast City Hall are also well worth a visit if time allows. Travelling south from Belfast, your likely destination as a golfer is Newcastle, home to the world renowned golf links of Royal County Down. Highly recommended in this area are Castlewellan Forest Park and Tollymore Forest Park. Both locations offer stunning scenery and beautiful walks.