Belvoir Park, described by its esteemed designer Harry Colt as “a course affording an excellent test, and at the same time, one that will give maximum pleasure to golfers”. There is no doubt that Belvoir Park Golf Club is one of the definitive, classic parkland courses in Ireland.
Formed in 1926, Belvoir Park Golf Club was fortunate to have Lord Deramore as its first President, because it was he who leased one hundred and sixty three acres of his family estate to the members for the construction of a course.
The club were even luckier in having the foresight to appoint Harry Colt, one of the world’s leading golf course architects of his day, to layout the eighteen holes. His timeless design features are as valid today in the modern golfing era as they were over eighty years ago.
The members are rightly proud of playing on a course that has been largely unaltered since it was first laid out through magnificent stands of mature oak, beach and fir trees. Other varieties of tree, like Scots Pine, Larch and Cypress have been planted since, with Dr J A Smiley, Club Captain in 1958, largely responsible for this, particularly between the 7th and 15th fairways, an area which is known as “Smiley’s Wood”.
The great pity is that the vast majority of visiting golfers who come to Northern Ireland may arrive at the nearby City or International Airports in Belfast then make a beeline for the coast to play links golf without ever giving a thought to the pleasure of playing such a stunning parkland track like Belvoir Park.
The lush fairways, meandering streams, wonderful bunkering and super putting surfaces make Belvoir Park a delight to play. The quality of the general landscape is such that it really deserves to be on any serious golfer’s Belfast itinerary, along with Malone and Royal Belfast – now there’s a tasty threesome!
A very good parkland course. There are no weak holes and the collection of par 3s are particularly strong. I was very impressed with the conditioning for the time of year. The greens ran very true and had lots of subtle breaks. A definite must play if in the area and I will definitely be heading back to play it in the summer when I suspect that this course could earn another ball in terms of its rating.