"In any 19th hole discussion attempting to determine the accolade of supreme inland course in Ireland, it is perfectly understandable that there will be a case for the claims of Malone Golf Club. Not much argument is really required for, truth to tell, the gently rolling summertime tapestry of mature wood, restful lake and blaze of flowers sets it quite apart.” John Redmond, "Great Golf Courses of Ireland"
Malone is a fine championship course situated on 330 acres of undulating wooded parkland. Its 27 holes of secluded gently undulating parkland countryside are just 5 miles from Belfast City centre. The centre piece of the course is the beautiful natural trout lake which extends for some 27 acres. The course is a real challenge with mature trees shaping many of the holes with the lake first comes into play on the 13th. Beware the 15th where the tee shot to a tricky undulating green is over water all the way. Also the 18th is daunting where almost any ball to the right of the green is water bound. Navigate the course here and get a taste of what you can expect when you play!
The front nine holes, named Drumbridge, head down towards the River Lagan. There is a test for every golfer with each hole having its own attractions. The character changes with the seasons, as the bounce of the ball is affected by the moisture in the ground. Watch out for the seventh – the hardest hole on the course.
On the turn, the back nine holes are named Ballydrain. These are dominated by the beautiful lake and surrounding vegetation. The par threes are a challenge and the fourteenth is the second hardest hole on the course. But watch out for the eighteenth – many cards have been spoilt at this demanding last.
The Clubhouse offers a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere in which to relax after a game of golf. The Ballydrain Bar affords breathtaking views over the eighteenth green, Ballydrain Lake and the surrounding countryside. In addition to the splendid holes of golf, there is a wonderful grass lawn bowling green set in a walled garden and a well stocked lake where members of the fishing section may be seen enjoying tranquillity that often eludes the golfer.