Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland, located on the east coast of the country on the banks of the River Lagan. During its history the city has been known as a centre for the manufacture of linen, rope and ships, the most famous example of the latter being The Titanic, which was built in Belfast's Harland and Wolff shipyards.
Today, the city is home to most of the major political, financial and media institutions of Northern Ireland, and is visited by over 7 million people per year, many of them landing at the two international airports that serve the city.
The factors that draw people to Belfast are many and varied. Although it is a highly developed 21st century city, it sits on the doorstep of some of the most rugged and unspoiled scenery in the UK. Drive out of the city in any direction and you’ll soon be surrounded by mountains, hills and fields. The centre of the city itself, on the other hand, is a hotbed of cultural activity, inspired by the presence of thousands of students and lubricated by the pubs, bars and clubs that line the streets.
Whatever attracts you to Belfast, you’re sure to receive the warmest of welcomes in accommodation that exactly meets your requirements. Whether a bed in a hostel, a family room in a cosy guesthouse or a penthouse suite in a luxury hotel is to be decided by you, your requirements and your budget.
Golf in Belfast
One of the things Northern Ireland is famous for is its large number of world class golf courses, and Belfast can rightly claim to be at the heart of this sporting offer. There are no fewer than 14 courses within the city itself, and one of the finest is the Dunmurry Golf Club.
Dunmurry Golf Club
The Dunmurry Golf Club sits away from the noise and crowds of the city centre, to the south of Belfast along the M1. It is next door to the picturesque Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, a location that helps foster a sense of calm and tranquillity in which to put your golfing mettle to the test.
The History of Dunmurry Golf Club
The original course was built as a nine hole 2,800 yard course in 1905, and it remained this size for many years until, in 1973, extra land was purchased and Dunmurry became, for a while, a unique 14 hole course. In 1983, the course was shifted a mile along Dunmurry Lane and a new clubhouse built, and it is this 18 hole course which golfers pit their wits against today.
The par 70 course offers a tough but enjoyable challenge to golfers of all standards, featuring water hazards, trees and bunkers. Visitors can play for a reasonable fee, and the clubhouse offers a warm welcome and a restaurant with an extensive menu. Families visiting Belfast should also note that Dunmurry is proud of the emphasis it puts on encouraging younger people to try their hand at golf.