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Ardglass Clandeboye (Dufferin) Thirteen miles east of Belfast, on the outskirts of Newtownards, lies one of Northern Ireland’s top golf clubs. There are two very different courses here and the Dufferin is the main event. It is a quality course routed over heathland-like bumpy terrain at the top before slipping down into more classic parkland mode. This is where the big trees dominate and holes curve graciously between them. Fairways are often generous but the trees need to be avoided constantly. It is not long so be straight. The par four 4th is Dufferin’s best and hardest hole, curling left, tightly through the trees. The green is completely surrounded by trees and gorse, so a precise approach is required. The second course, the Ava, is short, quirky and has lots of spirit. Belvoir Park The design pedigree of Belvoir Park speaks for itself. Harry Colt created this timeless parkland in the late 1920s. Even back then, Colt was revered and over the following decades the club embraced his work and changed little. Tucked away in 21st century Belfast suburbia it means you can step back in time and experience a classic. Your starting point should be the clubhouse balcony. It sits high above the back nine and shows off the colourful setting below and the distant Belfast Hills. This is a sedate, flowing course and one that enjoys tremendous rhythm thanks to Colt’s layout… but the pace is enhanced by the magnificent and dense trees which enshroud the course. Expect lightning fast, perfect and heavily bunkered greens. 144 Ardglass With two sides embraced by ocean, with Van Morrison’s Coney Island a backdrop to a stunning par three and with canons behind t