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Malone Golf Club

Malone Golf Club is Belfast ’ s big , glorious parkland course ... and what a beauty it is . Its muscularity comes from its space and length , the density and colour of its ancient trees , and the remarkable 27- acre lake around which the back nine are framed . And then there ’ s the 1840s Tudor Revival clubhouse overlooking the lake ( and 15th and 18th greens ). Step inside and it oozes class . This is a smart golf course - in strategy and nature . The big trees lining the long driveway give you a taste of what ’ s to come and they shadow the 1st tee and your descent to the fairway below . They cling to you the whole way around creating a wonderfully embracing atmosphere as the undulating terrain offers lots of variety , especially on approach shots . The signature stretch of holes starts as early as the 13th , when you ’ ll have your first encounter with the lake , but it is the ( new ) 14th , 15th and 18th holes that make Malone extra special : a curling par four down to the lake , a par three over the lake itself and a long tumbling par four right beside it . In 2021 an extensive new short game area was added and upgrades to the course included the perfectly framed 14th green complex .