An 18 hole, par 69 course in a spectacular setting overlooking Belfast Lough
It was in 1892 that the oldest golf club in Ireland, The Royal Belfast Golf Club, moved from its original site at Kinnegar to the beautiful seaside setting of Carnalea, west of Bangor, with its picturesque views over Belfast Lough, the Antrim Hills and on a clear day Scotland. With the subsequent move The Royal Belfast to Craigavad in 1926 and with the acquisition of the land by the local District Council, Carnalea Golf Club was founded becoming Ireland’s first municipal golf club in 1927.
The course is divided into two separate nine holes by the Belfast to Bangor railway line. In spite of its limitation in length, there are more problems here than on many courses of far greater yardage and is a course for the thoughtful and accurate golfer.
Type of course: Parkland/Seaside
Signature hole: The par 3, 9th hole with its elevated green sandwiched between the clubhouse and Belfast Lough
Buggy Hire: Yes
Spikes: Metal or Soft
Credit Cards: Yes
Pro Shop: Yes
Best days: Sun - Fri
Trolley Hire: Yes
Driving range: No
Green Fees: Mon-Fri £18 Sun £22.50
Ards and North Down Resident: Mon-Fri £14 Sun £19
Course specific T&C’s: Offer open to residents of Ards and North Down only. Visitors on a Saturday can play in the afternoon.
How to get there by public transport: Train from Belfast to Bangor stopping at Carnalea
and a short walk. Distance in miles from Belfast: 12 miles
Closest train station: Carnalea 0.3 miles