The course at Royal Belfast is an 18 hole parkland course.
The first few holes are surrounded by forest, but then the course opens up, with wider fairways and a view of the sea. It is supposed to favor strategic rather than powerful play, but we certainly found a few holes that required long tee shots if we were to to conquer them. The greens are quite deceptive in that they often give the impression of being rather flat, while in fact they slope more than your eye will tell you. The rough is kept high, requiring a lot of power to get out. All in all, it’s a course that is quite a bit more demanding than what the pretty landscape and views may first cause you to believe.