Discover a Belfast city golf tour
Belfast is home to great golf courses and the ideal location for a short golf tour. It’s easily accessible and takes no more than an hour from major UK airports which means you can maximise your time spent playing golf. Royal Belfast is one of the better-known courses, however, there are plenty of hidden gems including Holywood GC where Rory McIlroy was born and raised.
Why play golf in Belfast?
- Packed with culture, history & attractions
- World class links
- Superb quality of golf courses
- Great local produce & food
Northern Ireland’s best golfing destination
There is a brilliantly eclectic mix of golf courses in Belfast that make it one of the UK’s most interesting places to play. Malone Golf Club offers three loops of nine to choose from, for experienced golfers, The Drumbridge is particularly challenging and will require all your golfing skill to score well.
Royal Belfast Golf Club is one of the most popular in the area, overlooking the Belfast Lough, it features plenty of strategically placed bunkers, and sloped greens. Founded in 1881, it is the oldest golf club in Ireland and the course has stood the test of time.
Having gained some celebrity since the emergence of Rory McIlroy into the golfing world, Holywood Golf Club has over 100 years of history and is a firm challenge for anyone who plays it. You will require a variety of shot-making skills if you’re to play your best around this short 18 holes, however, make sure you still take in the views over Belfast City and Belfast Lough.
Popular golf destinations in Belfast
Why consider a golf break in Belfast?
Although often overlooked in terms of golf breaks, Belfast is now beginning to receive the recognition it deserves from the wider golfing community as a top destination for a golf break. The vibrant Northern Irish capital is surrounded by a huge collection of fantastic traditional courses in a varying style, with wild links courses as well as contemporary parkland designs meaning everyone is satisfied with a break to Belfast.
Some of Belfast’s notable courses include the charming Royal Belfast Golf Club, the breathtaking Hilton Templepatrick Golf & Country Club, the spectacular Ardglass Golf Club and where Rory McIlroy first learnt to play, Holywood Golf Club.
Alongside quality golf, Belfast is a city with so much to see and do, it has a rich interesting history to uncover along with a variety of interesting cultural sites which leave you wanting to come back for more. Plus, when you consider how simple it is to get there, with frequent flights from across the UK and regular ferry passages from Liverpool it comes as no surprise to learn Belfast is quickly becoming a Golfbreaks favourite.
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Ideal accommodation to suit every golfer
Belfast has proven itself to be an extremely popular destination amongst tourists and now with the ever-growing interest of golfers, the accommodation options in Belfast are plentiful and varied in price, meaning that everyone can find something within their means.
The Hilton Belfast is a fantastic option for golfers, located in the city centre a mere 10 minutes from Belfast City Airport and close to all the best local golf courses. The Hilton Belfast boasts 195 excellent rooms which have been designed to provide the utmost space and comfort to guests and have all the modern amenities you would expect to ensure that your stay here is as hassle-free as possible. Plus, the onsite pool, gym and internationally influenced Sonoma Restaurant are welcome distractions away from the golf course.
The Hastings Europa Hotel is another excellent centrally located hotel in Belfast and a previous winner of the ‘best hotel in Northern Ireland’ award. Its central location is ideal as it puts guests right in the heart of the action close to some of the best tourist destinations including the Titanic Exhibition and Belfast Zoo, plus, it is also conveniently close to some great local courses.
Wellington Park Hotel is another excellent choice for accommodation if you choose Belfast as your next golf break location. An old-school family-run business, Wellington Park prides itself on providing the best service and restful experience for all guests. It is located in the Queen’s Quarter of Belfast and is certainly handy if you’re on a golf tour as it is a stone’s throw from many of the best courses in the area.