Founded in 1889, this championship golf course is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and can be found in a small town at the foot of the majestic Mourne Mountains in Newcastle, County Down. The view from particular tee boxes is impressive and captures both the Mourne Mountains and Slieve Donard in the distance with Dundrum Bay and the lighthouse at St. John’s Point also visible in the east. This spectacular view is one of the most photographed in the world and this alone is worth visiting this golf course!
This links golf course has won many accolades including being ranked number 1 golf course in the World by Golf Digest in 2016 beating other world-renowned courses such as Augusta National (USA), the venue for the US Masters, Royal Dornoch (Scotland) and Royal Melbourne (Australia). As described by Golf Digest; “On a clear spring day, with Dundrum Bay to the east, the Mountains of Mourne to the south and gorse-covered dunes in golden bloom, there is no lovelier place in golf than our new No. 1. Its design is attributed to Old Tom Morris but was refined by half a dozen architects in the past 120 years, most recently by Donald Steel. Though the greens are surprisingly flat, as if to compensate for the rugged terrain and numerous blind shots, bunkers are a definite highlight, most with arched eyebrows of dense marram grasses and impenetrable clumps of heather.”
Royal County Down Golf Club is acknowledged to be in the premier league of internationally renowned golf facilities. So much so, that this is selected as the golf course of choice for world-class events; 2007 Walker Cup match between Great Britain and Ireland and the United States of America and the Irish Open and European Tour in 2015 and the British ladies Amateur Golf Championship is scheduled to return to this course in June 2019.
Alongside the Championship Links, Royal County Down has a second course, The Annesley Links. While the Championship Links club has 36-holes and measures 7,037 yards which may be daunting, the Annesley Links at 4,708 yards is proven less formidable and intimidating.
Widely regarded as one of the finest links courses in the world, Royal County Down Golf Club should be on every golfer’s bucket list and if you haven’t played here yet, we recommend a golf trip to Ireland; you certainly will not be disappointed as it is is a tremendous test of golf. Not only does Ireland have some of the world’s best golfers, but also have some of the world’s best golf courses underlining our reputation on the global golfing stage.