Holywood Golf Club

4.1088235294 4.1 stars from 5 (25)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6056 yards
  • Layout

  • 76 Demesne Road, Holywood, Northern Ireland, BT18 9LE
  • +44 (0) 28 9042 5503, +44 (0) 28 9042 3135
  • +44 (0) 28 9042 5040
  • www.holywoodgolfclub.co.uk
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Year built: 1904
Type: Public
Style: Parkland
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Delta, Mastercard, Maestro, Switch

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6056 yards N/A N/A
White 70 6027 yards N/A N/A
Green 70 5802 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 71 5245 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 25 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
15
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

24 out of 25 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Challenges include bunkers elevation changes  

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"Holygood!!"


t1183674270's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time in years playing the course but soon remembered it! Played back 9 first as ladies were playing and slowed things down - a lesson in course etiquette for a couple of them needed - Staff very friendly and helpful. Work ongoing at present round the clubhouse but no disruption at all Views from back 9 spectacular and definitely be coming back! Well worth a visit and would recommend to anybody


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Best value for golf in Belfast on Rory's home course"


u000001211727's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Only 14 GBP for green fees on this wonderful layout with views of the Belfast bay from many holes. Easy to rent clubs and a buggy. Friendly fellows after my round let me hold a replica of Rory's US Open trophy. Amazing. Front nine was much easier than the back nine.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



DMRankin's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is a bit hilly and some tee are back on yourself you have to be fit to play this course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice course well worth it"


RGF4176DEB2A8757C9DD's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course some lovely holes and nice atmosphere- would definitely go back - some work going on but minimal disruption


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



niboy's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2017
First time playing Walked Cold weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Surprisingly underwhelming"


u487680565's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

No staff at 8am, greens covered in leaves and that's no exaggeration. Pace was good until 10th hole. It's seems to be the case that the regulars were starting of at this hole(10th). Instant back up of all the people who started of on the front 9. Maybe I was expecting more, considering the course is promoted as "the home golf course of Rory mcilroy". My group of playing partners play all over the country, usually first thing in the morning, and nearly every course has their greens sorted at the least.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



EoghanMcCarthy's avatar
Skill:  Beginner

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Jonas4860750's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Worth the visit."


denisbarsalo's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lovely views, interesting layout, a bit hilly for a carry bag but managed nonetheless. Great food in the restaurant, careful that one room is a private members only bar. Played in 3:30 and it would have been less had it not been for the twosome holding us up in front.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"See for yourself"


Charles05's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Glorious weather conditions, course in immaculate condition, everything perfect for what was a very pleasant experience. Technically challenging with good greens I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"An experience on a course that made a champion"


Steve4436765's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We where greeted by the pro who made us very welcome. The fairways where quite soft which helped as I don't beleave there is a flat bit on the entire course except for the greens, which where good for the time of year. I didn't find the course particularly testing as my local course also presents uneven lies on the majority of holes. Overall a good course and a must to play if you are in the area just to say you have trod the same turf as Rory.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Spring round"


DavidM1953's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Friendly welcome for a lone golfer. Was introduced to a couple of members who guided me around the course. Course has some quite severe slopes in places and was a little soggy after a period of rain, causing 2 short par 3's to be out of use. Most par 4's are less than 400 yds from visitors tees, so premium on accuracy into green from non-flat lies, either across slope or up & down slope. Some greens have a definite "do not miss" side due to drop offs.

No food on a Monday which was a little disappointing.

Some impressive trophies won by the 2005 club champion.

Well worth the visit


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not as hard as I'd heard"


Horisnoris's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I'm not a great golfer so had avoided Hollywood in the pas as id heard it was very hard, but i couldn't avoid when the great price on tee off times came up. Course was in great condition for time of year , staff couldn't have been more helpful. And I managed to get a few pars , so all good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Tight Wee Course"


pdobbin88's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Some nice holes in what is a tightly laid out, well maintained course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Test Of Golf"


kingbillydog's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

if you enjoy hills this is the course for you, alot of shots will be played with the ball below or above your feet if you dont hit the middle of the fairway. The course has some good long holes if you hit the ball long and can keep it straight! The sand in the bunkers was soft so easy to escape from. Sadly the greens werent good. The ball didnt roll smooth and stopped quickly due to the greens being slit and sanded.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"great course"


bryan4668518's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

great course- had a fantadtic day


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great test"


Shortty77's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course and great test for hill stances. Staff and fellow golfers were approachable for advice.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Holywood GC"


David1684852's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Alberta Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2015
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

The 2014 "Champion Golfer of the Year" Rory McIlroy still calls Holywood his home course. This is a fairly good parkland course that will ask you to execute a variety of shots to get around in good numbers. This is an easy walking course among the trees and gentle slopes off Belfast Lough. You only need to do 2 things well here, limit the number of errant shots you pull out of the bag and hold a hot putter and your score will reflect that. Friendly members, cordial clubhouse staff, great Guinness & one of the best trophy rooms around.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Hilly but with great views of Belfast Lough"


andyarmstrong49's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We were greeted by friendly staff and were impressed by good clubhouse facilities. The course was in fine condition and is well worth playing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent challenging course"


Steven1519566's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played at Holywood at the end of July, when of course, it was raining! Just before we teed off there was an almighty downpour and we could see puddles appearing on a few greens. Nevertheless, the greens were still firm and fast and the fairways still had plenty of run.

Holywood is quite a hilly course - hardly surprising given it's location - and represents a really good challenge (for me anyway). If I had one criticism it's that it only has a single par 5, but there are a couple of nice long par 4s.

I've played it a couple of times now, and overall, it's a very good course and even if you're playing badly, has some great views down over Belfast Lough. HIghly recommended.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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