golf course with dunes and town in background

Royal County Down Golf Club

Tom Morris

1889

18

71

7,695

Links

Tom Morris

1889

18

71

7,695

Links

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Voted No.1 golf course in the world by Golf Digest, Royal County Down Golf Club, is located north of the seaside town of Newcastle on the east coast of Ireland.

Royal County Down Golf Club is situated overlooking Dundrum Bay, in the shadow of the Mourne Mountains 30 miles south of Belfast.

One of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland, Royal County Down Golf Club has 36 holes. First is the Championship Course measuring 7,037 yards Par 71 with a standard scratch of 75 from the blue tees. The Championship course is a links course that is renowned worldwide as one of the finest links tests in the world. The second is the somewhat shorter Annesley Links at 4,708 yards Par-66.

The first nine holes are ranked by many as the finest opening nine anywhere. The constantly undulating layout will challenge every part of your game with “tightish” fairways, many grassy-topped pot bunkers and tricky greens – every hole is a classic links test.

Highlights

The first nine holes are ranked by many as the finest opening nine anywhere.

Facilities

The Royal County Down clubhouse includes a fully stocked, friendly and welcoming professional shop. The staff will go out of their way to help visiting golfers.

Food & Drink

Relax and analyse your round of golf with a drink in the Murlough Room, which has views of the 18th green, the 10th tee and the Mountains of Mourne. The menu includes light snacks and more substantial meals, all freshly prepared.

Tournaments

Royal County Down Golf Club has played host to a number of events including Irish Open, Senior Open, Curtis Cup, and the Walker Cup.

Map

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ninth hole at royal county down golf course
annesley links at royal county down golf club
annesley links at royal county down golf club on a sunny day
royal county down golf course with house in the background
ninth hole at royal county down golf course
annesley links at royal county down golf club
annesley links at royal county down golf club on a sunny day
royal county down golf course with house in the background

The local area

titanic experience building belfast
cushendun caves and coast
carrick a rede rope bridge on a sunny day with blue sea
ballintoy harbour at sunset

Things to do

The dramatic and ancient setting of Royal County Down Golf Club was seen as the perfect location to film parts of the TV series, Game of Thrones. You can take a Game of Thrones Tour to experience the landscapes used to create the GOT world. Notable attractions include Cushendun Caves, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Ballintoy Harbour and many more sites familiar to fans of the show.

Belfast City is less than an hour from Newcastle where there is an abundance of things to do and see, such as the Titanic Experience, Belfast Port, the Botanic Gardens and the Waterfront Hall.

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