According to reliable local evidence the first golf played in Ireland was on the shores of Belfast Lough in Holywood. In 1881 The Belfast Club as it was known was formed and was an immediate success. In 1885 this club was granted the favour of H.R.H the prince of Wales to be known as Royal Belfast Golf Club. In 1892 the club moved to newly acquired land near Carnalea and a void was created in the lives of the Holywood golfers.
Therefore Holywood Golf Club was formed and in 1904 they established their first golf course. It was originally a nine hole course and was laid out on ground rented from Henry Harrison on what was and still is known as the Irish Hill. The hill had often been used as a toboggan run and even when the course occupied the upper ground it was still kept open in snowy weather for tobogganing.
Over 100 years later and Holywood Golf Club is moving forward with the sporting world. The club has a relaxed atmosphere and its forward thinking attitude reflects this. The dress code is up to date with modern living and reflects the needs and wants of today’s society therefore smart jeans are acceptable in the clubhouse. There is also a spike bar at the club which you can use in your golf shoes and clothes either half way round or after your game. It shows all the sport on a 42” plasma TV and is a favourite meeting point for golfers.
The club has invested in a 100 yard short game practice area, paths suitable for ride on buggies, drainage projects, restaurant refurbishment & locker room refurbishment in recent times. This investment is set to continue to ensure that Holywood keeps ahead of its market.