Ireland – North East – Malone – 6599 yds – Par 71
Malone’s first golf course was laid out on a former polo field in 1895 but within a year the demand had outstripped the facilities and a new site was found. Several other moves took place before the present course on the Ballydrain Estate was opened in 1962.
A 22-acre lake is the focal point of this really beautiful parkland course and it comes into play on a number of holes, notably the 15th, par-3 of 136 yards where both the tee and the green are built out into the lake with next to nothing but water between the two.
The course is just four miles from Belfast city centre and is bounded by the River Lagan on one side and a main road on the other. The trout lake comes into play again on the 18th where a fade or a sliced shot will find a watery grave and huge mature trees as well as a total of 42 bunkers are other hazards to avoid around the course.
The clubhouse, with its many rooms, is a gathering place at the end of a round and the bar and restaurants have cheerful and friendly staff.