Majestically beautiful, with a rich pedigree and proving a challenge for first-timers and old hands alike, it is surprising that Malone Golf Club is still relatively unknown, since this is clearly one Northern Ireland’s premier parkland courses. Founded back in 1895, the club has actually moved four times since then, arriving in Dunmurry, five miles to the south of Belfast, in the early 1960s. Malone has played host to many amateur and professional competitions over the years - it was here, for instance, that the legendary Tony Jacklin won his first professional victory.
Malone Golf Club simply oozes class from the moment you tee off. The course, designed by CK Cotton, is split into three nine-hole sections, Drumbridge, Ballydrain and Edenderry. It covers some 330 acres of attractive wooded parkland, much of it within sight of a large trout lake that poses a hazard for several holes.
If playing a round, be sure and stop in at the clubhouse afterwards for drinks or a meal. Designed in the Tudor Revival style, it is very popular with members and visitors alike. On one of the gateposts by the entrance can be seen a V for victory, left by the Allied Forces based there during the Second World War. The club shop sells a range of useful merchandise and before embarking on a round it’s worth popping by for a few tips, or even to book a session with the club pro.