On the 6th March 1914, a group of men, led by Dr. G. Lyttle, met in the Lecture Hall of Malone Presbyterian Church on the corner of Balmoral Avenue and established Balmoral Golf Club.
Subscriptions were struck at a guinea for gentlemen, half-a-guinea for ladies and ten guineas for life membership.
During the Great War, the course was used as an aerodrome and used by the Royal Flying Corps and later the Royal Air Force.
During the Second world war, a prisoner of war camp, an anti-aircraft battery and an air-raid shelter were built on the thirteenth fairway.
However, a number of then celebrities played on the course including World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Joe Louis, and the fighter pilot ace, Douglas Bader.
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