The capital city of Northern Ireland is Belfast, located near to the east coast of the country on the banks of the River Lagan. Throughout the centuries it has been renowned as a centre for the manufacture of goods as diverse as linen, rope, tobacco and ocean liners and over seven million visitors a year arrive seeking to explore everything it has to offer.
The centre of Belfast is a thriving and busy metropolis, packed with bars, cafes, cultural venues and retail opportunities. It is also home to a wide range of accommodation. Hotels ranging from two star comfort to five star luxury rub shoulders with family-run guesthouses, country-style lodges and basic backpacker hostels, all offering the chance to explore a historically rich and architecturally vibrant city centre.
Golf in Belfast
One of the appealing factors of Belfast, which can be overlooked in the rush to acknowledge its metropolitan, contemporary allure, is the fact that it is surrounded by some of the most spectacular countryside in Northern Ireland. With the rolling green fields and hills no more than 30 minutes driving time from a city centre hotel, it’s also no surprise that Belfast is home to a large number of golf clubs and courses, with 14 located within the city boundaries.
Balmoral Golf Course
Balmoral Golf Course is located just three miles from the centre of Belfast, within easy reach of any hotel, guesthouse or bed and breakfast located in the central district, along the waterfront, or in an area such as the Cathedral Quarter. The address, at 518 Lisburn Road, is easily accessed by road and yet the course itself is stunningly landscaped and offers a break from the hustle and bustle of city life as well as a superb golfing challenge.
History of Balmoral Golf Club
The club was founded in 1914 by a group of trustees who leased 75 acres of land. Over the next few years the course was slowly developed, World War 1 allowing, using money raised through events such as dances, whist drives, bridge tournaments and, during the war particularly, turning the land over to agricultural use.
Balmoral Golf Club Today
The facilities at Balmoral Golf Club extend far beyond the expertly manicured fairways and greens of the course itself. The clubhouse includes a restaurant offering a delicious selection of Irish and international food, but if it’s a relaxing drink you’re looking for, you can choose between the Lounge Bar and the Fred Daly Bar. Other amenities include three full-size snooker tables and conference and banqueting facilities making this the perfect place to hold a business meeting, a corporate golf event or even a wedding. With the many hotels of Belfast city centre being located just a short drive away, Balmoral Golf Course combines excellence and luxury with a huge degree of convenience.
Playing at Balmoral Golf Club
Visitors are welcome to play the 6,276 yards of the course throughout the year. Green fees vary, while always remaining reasonable. Bookings can be made via the club’s website, and clubs and trolleys are available for hire from the on-course pro shop.