Clandeboye Golf Club, located in Conlig, Newtownards, is a members club offering two internationally acclaimed courses set amidst the picturesque country surrounds of Lady Dufferin's Estate. The club boasts 36 holes, with the Dufferin Course being a highly regarded championship course in Ireland, while the Ava Course presents a challenging test of accuracy. Situated just two miles from Bangor and 15 miles from Belfast, Clandeboye Golf Club is conveniently accessible for golf enthusiasts.
The Dufferin Course, spanning 6,550 yards, is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and demanding layout. With masses of gorse, bracken, and strategically positioned trees flanking every hole, golfers must display precise accuracy and face penalties for even the slightest errors. The undulating countryside adds to the course's allure, and the fairways provide favourable lies, enhancing the playing experience.
While water comes into play on only one hole, players' attention is constantly drawn to the panoramic seascape visible from the elevated first tee. The captivating coastal views, along with the refreshing breeze from Belfast Lough and the striking mountains of Scotland in the distance, create an awe-inspiring visual experience that complements the challenging gameplay.
In contrast, the shorter Ava Course, measuring 5,741 yards, offers a unique and varied golfing experience. Designed by William R. Robinson, the course retains the natural landscape, incorporating narrow fairways, established trees, gorse, heather, and exposed rock. Accuracy is paramount on this challenging course, making it a true examination of a golfer's skill and finesse.
The Ava Course's more sheltered location provides scenic vistas of Strangford Lough and its multitude of islands to the south. Additionally, the course offers captivating views of the surrounding agricultural farmland and the majestic Mourne Mountains, with the iconic Slieve Donard serving as a stunning backdrop to the renowned Royal County Down links.
Apart from the exceptional courses, Clandeboye Golf Club provides a range of amenities and services to enhance the overall experience. The clubhouse features a bar and restaurant, making it a perfect spot for socializing after a round. The club also caters to weddings and offers professional services, including a pro shop, tuition, custom fitting, and a performance studio. The practice facilities include a driving range, putting green, chipping area, bunkers, and a designated practice zone, both indoors and outdoors, along with simulator hire for those seeking a realistic golfing experience.