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“Great Course with Fantastic Views over Belfast”

Mount Ober Golf And Country Club
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Great Course with Fantastic Views over Belfast”
Reviewed 13 November 2011

The Ski Centre at Mount Ober no longer exists but the 18 hole course and driving range is well worth a visit to anyone looking for a relaxed game of course close the city of Belfast. Located just a short drive from the city centre (or via the number 7b or 7d bus) this course is great value and extremely welcoming to all visitors and there is always some kind of offer on (check out their website).

The bar / restaurant also serves good value pub style meals and the Guinness is fantastic!

The course is a bit on the hilly side, but the views from the top are well worth the effort - on a clear day you can see the whole of Belfast, Strangford Lough and even the Mournes mountains.

Visited October 2011
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“Mount Ober recreation centre Country Club: The Bristle Ski Centre.”
Reviewed 15 January 2006

Only a few times in my life have I played golf and I am not commenting on the course here though I wish to learn and remember and look forward to visiting this course. It is a newer golf course.

My father tells me that the off-tee golf driving range here is fine. A description with a short history: http://www.irishgolfcourses.co.uk/north/mountober.php

Bristle skiing may be more than a little flat or downish after you've tried real snow skiing. But I find it is good to keep dedicated for the sake of the mind at least a few times in the months of the better weather, and maybe to try and exercise parts of your body before you go off skiing.

As a first learners resource before going off to try snow for the first time bristle skiing is a great idea, though not so much like skiing on snow. Bristle skiing is harder, much more effort, and to say less enjoyable is an understatement, it's nothing like real snow skiing.

But, taking this on board, it IS quietly enjoyable in itself and offers very good exercise for an hour or two which does not seem too taxing. The view over the city from the top of the hill of the bristle mats is fine and the air nice and fresh. This centre is situated a good distance outside of the centre of the city, on the edge of suburbs and near the outskirts.

There is a small learners hill and a hill for those who can ski, where learners usually go near to the bottom of when they have picked up some basics. The typical small bigger hill (a normal size for bristle ski centres in this country, the biggest being in High Wycombe in England but not so much bigger) has some dips and levels which can allow some jumps but experience tells me not to try this unless you are experienced. I think more facilities are planned late this year or next.

Another great plus of skiing on a bristle hill is that you can take lessons before you go off on your ski holiday. The instructors are waiting for you, whatever your standard, and you can telephone to reserve a private lesson, typically around 20 to 25 pounds or maybe a bit more lately, or less if there are a few learning.

The odd lesson in the months of nice weather, just before you go off again, or a course with a lesson every week or fortnight or month even can keep your mind fresh for real snow skiing and improve your skiing and movement awareness a lot when you get off onto real mountains of snow. It allows greater proficiency I find, and a less taxing time and the ability to improve much faster on holiday and also enjoy yourself in being more experimental and freer as of security.

The instructors are nice and very relaxed. You can take things in your own time, and not be pushed at any speed of learning further than you wish.

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Travel: I'm not so sure about which bus. I have the details somewhere which I will post though it is easy to ask by phone. There is good parking and multimap will show directions for travel by car or bicycle (steepish hills).

There are frequent buses from the centre of the city to near the centre. There will be, I know, if there aren't already buses which go all the way or a connecting frequent flexibus. Also ask at the kiosk at the corner of the sqare at the City Hall or the welcome centre or any citizen / tourist information office).

Buses from the City Hall go at least to the Four Winds stop on Ballymaconaghy Road. From there you may need to take another bus from here or a stop very close along this road to the country club recreation centre.

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