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Royal Belfast Golf Course

Royal Belfast Club Crest

There may be some dispute as to where golf was first played in Ireland but there can be no question as to which was the first Golf Club on this island. The Royal Belfast was founded on the 9th November 1881 on 80-acres of land at Kinnegar, Hollywood. It quickly assumed the " Royal" prefix when the Prince of Wales visited Ireland in 1886 and was invited to become patron of the club. The current patron is the Duke of Edinburgh.

The club moved to a site at Carnalea, at Bangor before making its final move to Craigavad House and Demesne in 1925. Once the stately home of the Rt. Hon. J. C. White once the Lord Mayor of Belfast.

Here Harry Colt grasped the full potential of the Victorian site, using the serene setting of mature trees and colourful foliage. The course falls gently towards the scenic southern shore of Belfast Lough and the locals will tell you "the greens fall towards the sea".

Measuring 6,306 yards Par-70 with a standard scratch of 71 off the blue tees, the course requires accuracy rather than length and has been described as "Devious rather than difficult". The first is one of the best starting holes in the country, measuring 415 yards Index 7 with a slight dogleg left. Followed by 408 yard Index 3 is the most attractive hole on the course. The 18th is a testing 510 yards Par-5 where only the very good golfer can aspire to make birdie.

The Victorian Clubhouse caters for the golfers every need and other facilities at the club include squash and tennis. The visitor is extended a warm welcome at The Royal Belfast Golf Club.

Royal Belfast was voted the No. 56-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Up-3);

Royal Belfast was voted the No. 59-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Up-1);

Royal Belfast was voted the No. 60-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Up-1);

Royal Belfast was voted the No. 61-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Up-2);

Royal Belfast was voted the No. 63-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Up-9);

Royal Belfast was voted the No. 72-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

Royal Belfast was voted the No. 73-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

Royal Belfast was voted the No. 71-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;

Royal Belfast was voted the  No. 76-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;

Green Fees April to November: £50
Green November to March: £45
Green Fees with a Member: £20
Green Fees for Opens: £15/25
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: £25
Yes
Buggy Hire: £25
Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 741
Designer Harry S. Colt
Founded 1881
Address

Station Road,
Craigavad,
Co. Down
BT18 0BP

Telephone 028-90-428165
Email admin@royalbelfast.com
Website Royal Belfast golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Susanna Morrison
Captain: Norman Beggs
Lady Captain: Jillian Hool
Presidents': Ronald McMillan & Phyllis Ditty
Vice-Captains':  &  
Hon. Secretary: John G. Wilson & Liz Andress
Club Pro: Andrew Ferguson 028-90-428586
Hon. Treasurer: Alan Andrews & Jillian Haldane
Comp. Secretary: Stevan Minford & Barbara McMinnis
Royal Belfast Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:54.661324
Long:-5.781813
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 8.30am to 1.00pm 8.30am to 7.00pm Sun
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Wednesday & Saturday before 4.30pm
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other times Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Royal Belfast Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (Confirmed)        
Event. Start Finish Type Duration
Captain's Prize Saturday 10 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Wednesday 21 June   Closed 1
Irish Junior Cup (Q) Sunday 4 June   GUI 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event
Tuesday 6 June
  Open 1
Mixed Greensomes Stableford
Sunday 2 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Friday 14 July   Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford Monday 24 July   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Monday 14 August   Open 1
Mixed Greensomes Sunday 3 December
  Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 70 SSS 70 6,185 yd's
Red Par 72 SSS 72 5,566 yd's
Green Par 70 SSS 69 5,961 yd's
Blue Par 70 SSS 71 6,306 yd's

Card

Hole No. Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 415 411 407 4 7 402 5 11
2 408 405 400 4 3 339 4 3
3 370 356 352 4 13 349 4 5
4 142 137 134 3 15 129 3 17
5 553 547 483 5 9 446 5 9
6 351 347 338 4 11 330 4 13
7 183 161 157 3 17 132 3 15
8 409 390 358 4 5 341 4 7
9 408 405 398 4 1 376 4 1
Out 3,239 3,159 3,027 35   2,844 36  
10 308 303 301 4 14 297 4 10
11 174 170 169 3 8 125 3 14
12 431 427 419 4 4 382 4 2
13 369 361 350 4 12 311 4 12
14 186 183 179 3 10 147 3 16
15 411 407 395 4 2 394 5 4
16 483 476 466 5 16 456 5 6
17 195 192 187 3 18 166 3 18
18 510 507 468 5 6 448 5 8
In 3,067 3,026 2,934 35   2,726 36  
Total 6,306 6,185 5,961 70   5,566 72  
  71 70 69     72    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record Am: 65 R. A. D. McMillan

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

The Ladies of Royal Belfast Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Junior Cup in the ILGU Inter-club Championship when they beat Malone Golf Club by 3 matches to 2 matches on Wednesday 25th August 2010. First on the tee was Janet Wilson who lost her match against Ann Brown by 4 and 2, she was followed by Charmain Gifford who won her match against Rachel Scott by 1-hole, next up was Patricia Boyd who lost her match to Carol Mitchell by 3 and 1, the penultimate match of Terry Wells went all the way to the 19thbefore Terry clinched the vital point against Heather Jackson, the bottom match of Gillian Haldane against Heather Cameron was another close encounter with the Royal Belfast player gaining a 1-hole win.
They made their way to Donabate Golf Club to compete in the National deciders where they met Connacht Champions Tuam Golf Club in the All-Ireland semi-final on Friday 24th September and won their match by 3½ matches to 1½ matches. Janet Wilson (10) led the way again against Anneta O'Neill (12) and won her match by 3 and 2, she was followed by Charmain Gifford (10) who had a comfortable 5 and 3 win over Susan McGann-O'Brien (12), next up was Patricia Boyd (12) who won her match by 1-hole against Marian Mulryan (15), the penultimate match of Terry Wells (14) was lost by 3 and 2 against Jacqui McGrath (16), the bottom match of Gillian Haldane (16) was halved against Joan Tighe (17). The met Mid-Leinster Champions Enniscorthy Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final the following day they were led again by Janet Wilson (10), who won her match against Margaret Mooney (9) by 4 and 3, she was followed by Charmain Gifford (10) who won her match on the 19th-hole against Triona Hogan (10), next up was Patricia Boyd (12) who lost by 6 and 4 against Connie Doyle (10), the penultimate match of Terry Wells (14) who lost her match against Stellah Sinnott (12) by 1-up, the bottom match of Gillian Haldane (16) was lost by 6 and 5 against Cora Mernagh (13)

The Ladies of Royal Belfast Golf Club won the inaugural Ulster Final of the AA-Insurance Junior Cup in 2006 they made the journey to Headfort Golf Club to compete in the National deciders;

The Royal Belfast won the All-Ireland Barton Shield on their home course in 1952.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

J. Henderson* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1923. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1900 playing 1-time won 0-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 0-points;

J. F. Madeley played in the Walker Cup at Turnberry in 1963. He represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1959 to 1966 playing 42-times won 26-matches halved one and lost 15-matches accumulating 53-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1959 to 19687 playing 47-times won 39-matches halved four and lost 14-matches accumulating 62-points;

R. K. Pollin represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1971 to 1973 playing 9-times won 1-match halved one and lost 7-match accumulating 3-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1967 to 1976 playing 46-times won 21-matches halved six and lost 19-matches accumulating 48-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1967;

H. E. Reade* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1900 to 1913. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1896 to 1906 playing 9-times won 7-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 7-points;

P. E. Reade* represented Ireland as a Senior International in 1902;

 

D. Kyle represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1989 playing 3-times won 0-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 0-points;

 

W. P. Boas represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 18971to 1898 playing 1-times won 0-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating ½ -point;

M. Charley represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1896 playing 1-times won 1-match and lost 1-match accumulating 1-point;

G. S. Clarke represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1896 to 1905 playing 8-times won 3-matches halved two and lost 3-matches accumulating 4-points;

F. F. Figgis represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1896 to 1905 playing 7-times won 3-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 3-points;

W. L. Livingston represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1897 playing 1-time won 0-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 0-points;

B. O’Brien represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1898 to 1906 playing 5-times won 2-matches halved two and lost 1-match accumulating 3-points;

J. S. Reade represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1896 to 1902 playing 6-times won 4-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 4-points;  

G. M. Shaw represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1896 to 1906 playing 5-times won 2-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 2-points;

H. Shaw represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1896 to 1899 playing 4-times won 2-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points;

S. R. Sinclair* represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1939;

W. Wilson represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1897 playing 1-time won 0-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 0-points;

C. Hughes represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 2005 to 2006 playing 9-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 6-matches accumulating 5-points;

History of Royal Belfast

Instituted 1881 affiliated 1891

The Royal Belfast has the honour of being the oldest existing golf club in Ireland. It is also the first club to receive permission to use the prefix Royal, the President of the club in 1885 Captain Harrison, received it from the Prince of Wales when he became patron of the club on a visit to Belfast that year. It was also the first club to have a ladies club. It together with eight other clubs. It was a co-founder of the GUI on 13th November 1891, the oldest golfing union in the world. The ladies club was a major force in the foundation of the ILGU in 1894 and Miss Clara Mulligan was the first Secretary of the ILGU.

The first meeting of the club took place in November 1881, in the Belfast Chamber of Commerce, with Mayor Edward Porter-Cowen in the chair. A site at Kinnegar, Holywood, was selected however, this was also a military training area and a rifle range. In 1892, the club moved to Carnalea, it was a nine-hole course with 200 resident members and 100-non resident. The club enjoyed its golf at Carnalea for thirty-three years. In 1925, it was decided to purchase 140 acres estate and house at Craigavon, owned by the Rt. Hon. J.C. White, a former Lord Mayor of Belfast, at a cost of £11,500. H. J. Colt, the internationally renowned course architect, was retained to design the course, which opened for play in May 1927.

The Royal Belfast has had many famous members, but none more so than Mr. G. L. Baillie who was one of the pioneers of golf in Ireland in its early development.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Mrs. R. Sherrard 1989 Ladies Captain
J. R. McSpadden 1989 Mens Captain
H. Maxhadden 1989 President
Lady Campbell 1990 Ladies Captain
R. K. M. Pollin 1990 Mens Captain
H. Maxhadden 1990 President
Mrs. M. Donaghy 1991 Ladies Captain
S. M. Taylor 1991 Mens Captain
H. Maxhadden 1991 President
Mrs. J. Hunter 1992 Ladies Captain
R. S. Adamson 1992 Mens Captain
H. Maxhadden 1992 President
Mrs. J. L. Taylor 1993 Ladies Captain
J. V. McDowell 1993 Mens Captain
H. Maxhadden 1993 President
Mrs. A. P. Belford 1994 Ladies Captain
D. S. Boyd 1994 Mens Captain
H. Maxhadden 1994 President
Mrs. S. F. Stafford 1995 Ladies Captain
R. M. Megran 1995 Mens Captain
John MacDermott 1995 President
Mrs. N. L. Dunbar 1996 Ladies Captain
J. H. Finlay 1996 Mens Captain
John MacDermott 1996 President
Mrs. M. A. Ross 1997 Ladies Captain
A. S. Ditty 1997 Mens Captain
John MacDermott 1997 President
Mrs. M. C. Taylor 1998 Ladies Captain
J. R. B. Kane 1998 Mens Captain
John MacDermott 1998 President
Mrs. D. Hall 1999 Ladies Captain
Mrs MacDermott 1999 Ladies President
J. G. Wilson 1999 Mens Captain
John MacDermott 1999 President
Mrs. E. Haldane 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs MacDermott 2000 Ladies President
R. Connolly 2000 Mens Captain
John McDermott 2000 President
Mrs. D. Adamson 2001 Ladies Captain
Mrs. G. B. Wheeler 2001 Ladies President
A. J. Gibson 2001 Mens Captain
Mr. D. Moreland 2001 President
Mrs. H. Webb 2002 Ladies Captain
Mrs. G. B. Wheeler 2002 Ladies President
W. B. Leckey 2002 Mens Captain
Mr. D. Moreland 2002 President
Mrs. H. P. Stout 2003 Ladies Captain
Mrs. G. B. Wheeler 2003 Ladies President
T. A. Burgess 2003 Mens Captain
Mr. D. Moreland 2003 President
P. H. Ditty 2004 Ladies Captain
Mrs. G. B. Wheeler 2004 Ladies President
J. M. Graham 2004 Mens Captain
Dawson Moreland 2004 President
Phyllis Park 2005 Ladies Captain
Ruth Hunter 2005 Ladies President
Tom B. Rankin 2005 Mens Captain
Dawson Moreland 2005 President
Audrey MacAfee 2006 Ladies Captain
Ruth Hunter 2006 Ladies President
Michael Park 2006 Mens Captain
Dawson Moreland 2006 President
Ester McKee 2007 Ladies Captain
Ruth Hunter 2007 Ladies President
Peter Copeland 2007 Mens Captain
Dawson Moreland 2007 President
T. Crothers 2008 Ladies Captain
Ruth Hunter 2008 Ladies President
M. J. Gibson 2008 Mens Captain
K. W. Wheeler 2008 President
Janet Wilson 2009 Ladies Captain
N. Dunbar 2009 Ladies President
J. G. Crothers 2009 Mens Captain
K. W. Wheeler 2009 President
Grace Taggart 2010 Ladies Captain
N. Dunbar 2010 Ladies President
A. J. Wright 2010 Mens Captain
K. W. Wheeler 2010 President
Mary Moore 2011 Ladies Captain
N. Dunbar 2011 Ladies President
Stan Craigs 2011 Mens Captain
K. W. Wheeler 2011 President
Janet Walmsley 2012 Ladies Captain
N. Dunbar 2012 Ladies President
F. D. Best 2012 Mens Captain
K. W. Wheeler 2012 President
Philippa Crone
2013 Ladies Captain
Phyllis Ditty
2013 Ladies President
P. G. Kearney
2013 Mens Captain
Ronald McMillan 2013 President
Sharon Graham 2014 Ladies Captain
Phyllis Ditty 2014 Ladies President
P. S. Moore 2014 Mens Captain
Ronald McMillan 2014 President
Hilary Warnock 2015 Ladies Captain
Phyllis Ditty 2015 Ladies President
M. D. Crone 2015 Mens Captain
Ronald McMillan
2015 President
Deirdre Courtney
2016 Ladies Captain
Phyllis Ditty 2016 Ladies President
William Fitzpatrick
2016 Mens Captain
Ronald McMillan
2016 President
Jillian Hool 2017 Ladies Captain
  2017 Ladies President
Norman Beggs 2017 Mens Captain
  2017 President
Victoria Craig (5)
2017 Lowest Ladies H'cap
Marilyn Henderson (5)  2017 Lowest Ladies H'cap
R. McDowell 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Royal Belfast

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Elaine Laing 18 October 2011
4th Lisburne
125 yd's