Royal Belfast Golf Course Review
Par 70, 6,306 yards, parkland/links
Half of the course is parkland and the rest is pure links, with several holes running alongside the water. It opens with a 415-yard, par 4 surrounded by trees and a green that slopes from front to back.
The 4th hole proves that a hole does not need to be long to be memorable. It measures just 142 yards andrequires a perfect tee shot to avoid the four bunkers that protect the green. Gorse bushes await anything that is over hit.
It is followed by a classic par 5 measuring 553 yards. The drive should hug the right side of the fairway to offer the best chance of reaching the green in two, but there is sand to be avoided and lots of bunkers around the green too.
The 11th is another cracking par 3. It is 179 yards long and the tee shot is a blind one. There are no bunkers but the green slopes severely from left to right, with gorse lying in wait.
The 13th will be unlucky if you decide to pull out the driver - there are bunkers left and right, so opt for a threewood.
The final hole is a 510-yard, par 5 that offers up lots of birdies. The fairway slopes from right to left and there is another tricky green, surrounded by bunkers.
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