Clandeboye (Dufferin) - Down - Northern Ireland

Clandeboye Golf Club,
Tower Road,
Conlig,
Newtownards,
Co Down,
BT23 3PN,
Northern Ireland


  • +44 (0) 28 9127 1767

  • Gary Steele

  • Von Limburger, Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas

  • Michael Gallagher

Clandeboye has come along way since the year 559 when the monks of St Comgall's Bangor monastery grazed their flocks on what is now the Dufferin course. Clandeboye Golf Club is located a mere twelve miles to the east of Belfast and a local linen merchant called William Renwick Robinson originally formed it in 1933.

The Ava course was Robinson’s original design, but it’s the Dufferin course that everyone now talks about, which was laid out by German architect, Baron Von Limburger. The partners behind the famous Brabazon course at the Belfry, Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas, helped Von Limburger. The result is certainly one of Ireland’s very best inland courses and the views from the high ground across Belfast Lough are pretty impressive too.

Measuring 6,559 yards from the back tees, the Dufferin course is not quite long enough to test the world’s very best golfers, but it will certainly present a stern challenge to most of us. Accuracy, especially on approach shots, is the order of the day. The fairways undulate in a links-like way and trees, bracken and gorse flank many. They say variety is the spice of life and it’s here in spades at Clandeboye with stage-like greens, blind drives and daunting carries from some tees.

Belfast might not be a natural choice for a golfing break but there are some fine courses situated within a short distance of the historic city centre. Play Clandeboye alongside Malone, Royal Belfast and Belvoir Park and you will not be disappointed, but make sure you leave enough time to soak up the atmosphere of the old port and the docks where the Titanic was built. A new and vibrant city is emerging. The future is bright for Belfast.

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Description: The Dufferin course at Clandeboye Golf Club offers compelling coastal views, a sea of dazzling yellow gorse and a wonderfully strategic challenge. Rating: 4.2 out of 6 Reviews: 5

The Dufferin course at Clandeboye is an excellent test of golf. It is always in good condition despite the unpredictable Irish weather. Coupled with the sporting Ava course and a fine clubhouse it is a good place to visit where good golfers can be well challenged by the Dufferin course and others can enjoy the tricky but interesting Ava course. The Dufferin is consistently regarded as one of the best parkland courses in Northern Ireland with a good balance of holes in a beautiful setting within Clandeboye estate. The first is a lovely opening hole played from a high tee looking towards Belfast Lough and don't be put off by the long uphill par 3 second as it is probably the poorest hole on the course. From the 4th tee you will be well tested by the variety and shape of each hole.

This is a must play course in the Greater Belfast area along with Belvoir Park, Malone and others. Favourite hole is the par 5 6th.

5 / 6
Clandeboye (Dufferin)
September 14, 2017


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The Dufferin course at Clandeboye is a good golf course with some interesting holes such as Clandeboye (Dufferin) Golf Course - Photo by reviewernumber 4, 6, 10 or 18, but fails to catch the player as other courses in the region. However, it is a good test of golf, and its fairways and greens enjoy the firmness of many links, forcing the player to use his skills and think his shots. Worth the visit, and the value is more than acceptable. M.M.A, Barcelona, Spain.
4 / 6
Clandeboye (Dufferin)
December 03, 2014


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This is a nice course. There are some very nice holes, in great condition. Nice clubhouse and staff. For me sadly it didn't have the wow factor given its high rating. Holes 1 4 5 14 and 18 are well worth playing. Some of the rest I found not memorable. I will play this again, but top 10 in Northern Ireland, Im not sure.
4 / 6
Clandeboye (Dufferin)
July 07, 2014


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I always think value for money is an important consideration in these reviews and at £30 a round I think Clandeboye scores highly. On top of that it is a very nice track with some very good looking holes with good greens. I don’t necessarily think it has any wow factor but if you are looking for an inland track in NI to compliment some of the links courses, this along with places like Malone are certainly well worth a visit. Condition of the course overall was very good and as you come to expect from most Irish clubs the welcome was friendly.
4 / 6
Clandeboye (Dufferin)
September 18, 2007


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What brilliant fun Clandeboye is and it has to be one of the best 36 hole venues around. The Dufferin course offers just about everything with a real mixed bag of holes which keep you interested and on your toes. The Ava course is worth playing too, it's fairly short but it's great fun. Very friendly club and tremendous value too.
4 / 6
Clandeboye (Dufferin)
April 11, 2006


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