Holywood Golf Club

Nuns Walk, Holywood, Co. Down, BT18 9LE, Northern Ireland

  • holes:18
  • par: 69 71
  • length: 5.500 m 4.840 m
7.6 14 Reviews This Club is the 9# of 23 in County Down
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  • holes:18
  • year:1904
  • par: 69 71
  • length: 5.500 m 4.840 m
  • architect:Unknown

Holywood Golf Club is one of the most famous golf courses in Ireland, famed especially for the world golf star Rory McIlroy, for whom this is his home club. Impressive enough, but the club has actually produced 5 PGA Golf Professionals alongside him! It is set up on the top of the Holywood Hills in County Down, right on the outskirts of Belfast. Its position lends the club breath-taking views of the coast and the city itself.

Holywood Golf Club has the ideal course for those who want, and perhaps struggle to fit a game of golf into their busy lifestyle. The front nine holes are quick and perfect for the average golfer who would like to fit in a game perhaps after work or before a meeting. However to score well on this course you will need to concentrate on accurate driving and good approach shots.

 The back 9, however, are a complete contrast. They are set on completely different terrain, designed so as to challenge and excite the player. Players who wish to play all 18 holes will find themselves pushed to adapt and change their play as they go. Rory McIlroy, the former World Number One, actually lends some of his success to this course – “Holywood was a great course for me to learn the game on, it has all the traits that develop your game from playing it regularly. I have no doubt that the course helped me to become the golfer I am today”.

Holywood Golf Club boasts an impressive array of facilities for both its members and the general public. There are three bars and a newly refurbished restaurant, along with a ´spike bar´ where players can jump in for a drink or a quick bite without even needing to remove their shoes.

 The tee times are easily purchased through their online booking system, and are reasonably priced considering the quality of the club and course. There are also a wide range of lessons available:

  • 30/60 minute outdoor lessons (available for children and over 55s too)
  • Package deals on lessons
  • Indoor lessons
  • Lessons over 6/9 holes
  • Custom lessons to fit your individual needs


 Being only 7 miles away from the city of Belfast means that Holywood Golf Club is exceedingly well connected. It is a 20 minute drive to the nearest ferry port, and an impressive 6 minute drive away from Belfast City Airport, making it the perfect golfing destination for those travelling from elsewhere in the world.

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Reviews (14)

  • Average rating obtained by

    It wasn't enjoyable for me. Very hilly which I don't like, Some of the guys liked it some didn't. (Round played: Sep 2016 - Score: 119 Handicap: )
    This rating for Holywood Golf Club. is the average of 12 ratings obtained from www.golfshake.com
  • Average rating obtained by

    played this course when i was over in June one word MAGIC.
    This rating for Holywood Golf Club. is the average of 2 ratings obtained from www.ukgolfguide.com