Clandeboye Golf Club, Newtownards, County Down
Clandeboye Golf Club, situated in the country surrounds of Lady Dufferin's Estate, offers two courses of international standing. To compliment our two courses, Clandeboye also offers a new luxurious £1.5 million Clubhouse where comfort is central to your day, both on and off the course.
We are located above Conlig Village off the A21 between Bangor & Newtownards. Conlig is just two miles from Bangor. Before the dual carriageway was laid, the main road used to run through the village street, but visitor traffic is now largely limited to golfers en route to the two 18 hole championship courses of Clandeboye Golf Club. The most challenging of North Down's six golf clubs, Clandeboye, attracts top-class golfers and sporting greats including World Class Formula One racing driver, Eddie Irvine, who comes from Conlig.
There are lovely walks in the wooded countryside around the village. You may catch a glimpse of antlered deer grazing among the woodland plants. They are part of a herd long-established in the neighbouring Clandeboye Estate.
Clandeboye is a 36 hole inland complex of championship calibre in a setting of rare beauty. Only 12 miles from Belfast, it was created in 1933 by William Renwick Robinson, a local linen merchant with a love of golf and a flair for landscaping.
His faith, horses, hard labour and a sound personal knowledge of the technical problems involved moved mountains of soil, boulders, bracken and gorse to lay the foundations of what has now become one of the most challenging golfing tracts in Ireland.
Rich in historical association the name Clandeboye is anglicised from the Gaelic. In the year 559 AD the monks of St Comgall's Bangor monastery grazed their flocks on what is now the Dufferin course. To this very day the legendary Conn's Stone, (Conlig in the Gaelic) still remains standing between the sixteenth green and the seventeenth tee.
The original Clandeboye course played host to all the major Irish championships until the early 1970's when, after very fierce argument among club members, Robinson's original layout was changed. The present Dufferin Course emerged from a design by German architect Baron Von Limburger in association with former Ryder Cup stars Dave Thomas and Peter Allis.
Visitors are always made genuinely welcome at Clandeboye and are encouraged to participate in the regular Open Competitions organised on both courses.
This design drawn up by Baron Von Limburger incorporated an additional 70 acres of acquired land into the original first nine holes north of the clubhouse and produced a quite unique championship heathland course which is a delight to the eye and a testing pleasure to play. This is known now as the present Dufferin.
The 6,559-yard Dufferin is now recognized as one of Ireland's great inland golfing experiences by even the most prosaic visiting golfer.
The long Dufferin course quickly exposes a golfer's skill or his limitations. Masses of gorse, bracken and strategically placed trees flank every hole, demanding extreme accuracy and punishing the slightest error. The undulating countryside contributes much to an awareness of space and the fairways are moisture absorbing offering positive playable lies.
Although water comes into play at only one hole, a visitor's concentration is always distracted by the panoramic seascape from the championship course's elevated first tee. Laid out in beautiful undulating countryside, high above the sprawling residential plain of North Down, this course offers compelling coastal views. The Dufferin's prevailing north-east wind sweeps in across Belfast Lough and from the Antrim Coast the mountains of Scotland are clearly visible.
Clandeboye Golf Club
Co. Down BT23 7PN
Tel : (028) 9127 1767
Fax: (028) 9147 3711