You should enjoy the first nine holes at Holywood Golf Club. The front nine is fairly open, plays just 2,873 yards from the back tees and features three par 3. There are plenty of birdies to be had on the front. You better take advantage, because the back nine features elevation changes and challenges at every turn that will test your game as well as your course management skills. One thing the entire golf course offers is great views of Belfast Lough. Holywood Golf Club is a great place to work on your short game and shot-making skills. It certainly worked for Rory McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open champion. McIlroy got his start at Holywood.