The Course

Scroll7Laid out over a century ago, Helen’s Bay Golf Course is a beautiful parkland course nestling on a gentle hill at the mouth of Belfast Lough. Combining mature trees planted by the Club’s first patron, the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava, with beautifully maintained fairways and small, protected greens kept in absolutely superb condition, the course offers golfers a challenging yet entertaining test of their game.

“Best conditioned course – Helen’s Bay”

Spread over nine-holes the course is bordered by mature woodland, country park and unspoilt beach and combines 18 diverse and different length tee positions to great effect offering a varied and interesting eighteen hole round.

As well as great golf, the course offers stunning views over Belfast Lough to the Antrim Plateau, Irish Sea and Galloway coast. On a clear day Ailsa Craig the rocky island forty six miles away, just off the coast of Scotland at Turnberry, comes clearly into view.

“Best first 3 Holes – Helen’s Bay”

Golf8Each hole offers a specific challenge and reward. The 3rd with its century-old woodland (and out-of-bounds) on the right,  the 5th with its sweeping views over the shore are to name but a few highlights of a round at Helen’s Bay.

Although all of the holes have their individual challenges and rewards, the 15th has been described as the “best seaside golf hole in Ulster” and rightly so. Stretching 386 yards from an elevated tee this majestic par four has sweeping views of Helen’s Bay and the Lough. The out-of-bounds fence runs the length of the hole to the right and the left combines mature trees and bunkers to punish wayward tee shots. Greenside bunkers narrow the approach and a stiff onshore breeze can challenge even the best of golfers.

“Best Bunkering – Helen’s Bay”

Some courses only reward big drives – others reward accuracy. Helen’s Bay is a true test of straight hitting, shot planning and short game accuracy. This course is an honest golf challenge that is easy on the feet and brings a smile to the face, even when your score isn’t quite as good as you had hoped.

Social golfers and higher handicappers aren’t visually intimidated by the course and enjoy the fun of the challenge in beautiful surroundings.

“Best Scorecard – Helen’s Bay”

Low handicappers, visiting PGA pros & international squad golfers have all noted that Helen’s Bay is the perfect course to tighten-up your straight drives and  “scoring shot” skills around our true running greens, closely protected by 66 bunkers over 18 holes.

We know you will love the course!