This layout has been enhanced with the planting of rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas, cherry blossom trees and specimen conifers that make Lisburn the “Augusta of the North” in the springtime.
It is widely considered one of the best parkland courses in Northern Ireland with every hole featuring a different layout requiring a variety of shots to challenge and delight every golfer. Although relatively compact, the course meanders through various avenues of tree plantations, so at times it can seem that you may be the only player on the course. It is laid out in two loops of nine, each starting and finishing at the club house and each is composed of two par 5s, two par 3s and five par 4s.
As you progress round the course, you may need to exercise your various abilities, including a gentle draw or fade or sometimes just a straight and accurate shot to make sure you set up your chance to hit the green in regulation. Fairway shots need to be accurate to avoid the sand traps and water hazards but scope usually remains to take a safer option and then rely on a good “up and down” to save par.
The signature hole, the 6th, measures 158 yards with a green surrounded by trees and guarded by water and bunkers – it demands an accurate tee shot and then a smooth putting stroke is required to manage the gentle borrows on the two tier green.