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Royal County Down Golf Club

36 Golf Links Road, Newcastle, County Down, BT33 0AN
Image showing Royal County Down Golf Course and Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, with Slieve Donard mountain in the background.

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Voted Number 1 in the World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses, Golf Digest (2017, 2018, 2019).

Royal County Down is located in one of the world's most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zigzagging back and forth to provide a different vista from virtually every hole.

The narrowest ribbons of fairways are surrounded by purple heather and golden gorse, so beautiful to look at but so punishing for any who may stray from the prescribed path.

The 'bearded' bunkers are world famous and feature over hanging lips of marram, red fescue and heather. The greens are fast and many are domed, rejecting any shot lacking conviction. This is a true test of any player's command of the traditional bump and run, the preferred way to play links.

The ninth hole is the most photographed holes in world golf. A 486 yard par 4, it is played from one side of a huge mound down to a fairway some 60ft below and 260 yards from the tee. From the bottom of the slope the second shot is played over two bunkers to a raised green.

The finest of all links courses, it offers a stern challenge from the championship tees. The record is 66 set by Ireland's first golfing superstar, Jimmy Burren, in 1939. From the Stableford tees it offers golfers of all standards the opportunity of playing a truly great course with dramatic panorama of the surrounding mountains and coastline.

Golf Club:
Two links courses: (1) Championship (2) Annesley Course professional: Yes

Best days to play:
Championship course Monday, Tuesday, Thursday morning, Friday and Sunday afternoon. Annesley any day except Saturday morning.

SSS:
(1) 74 (2) 65

Length in yards:
(1) 7,186 yards (2) 4,548 yards

Par of course:
(1) 71 (2) 66

Course designer:
Tom Morris

Handicap/certificate requirements:
Required

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • 18 holes
  • Caddies available
  • Club Hire
  • Dress code
  • Links course
  • Pro shop
  • Putting Green
  • Trollies available

Establishment Features

  • Tuition Available

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Guide Prices

Green fees:
Championship Links

May 2021 to October 2021
Weekday Mornings £270 per round
Weekday Afternoons £270 per round
Two rounds in one day £370
Sunday Afternoons £280 per round

Nov 2020 - Feb 2021 £90 per round
March 2021 £110 per round
April 2021 £160 per round

Annesley Links
Nov 2020 - March 2021 £35 per round
April 2021 - October 2021 £50 per round

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Map & Directions

What's Nearby

  1. Newcastle Beach is a popular seaside resort and tourist destination located on the South…

    0.32 miles away
  2. Newcastle's Parks consist of outdoor facilities at the Castle and Island parks. Castle…

    0.67 miles away
  3. The High Mournes Scenic Loop delves into the very heart of the famous Mourne Mountains…

    0.68 miles away
  1. The Mourne Coastal Route has a few start off points from the County Down coastline,…

    0.68 miles away
  2. The Mourne Wall is 22 miles long and consists of natural granite stone which was…

    0.96 miles away
  3. Donard park is a beautiful park located in the lovely town of Newcastle County Down, next…

    0.98 miles away
  4. This 5 mile stretch of golden sands is still the essence of the resort and is hugely…

    1.4 miles away
  5. Maghera Church and Round Tower is of major historical importance and is among many…

    1.48 miles away
  6. Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the…

    1.87 miles away
  7. Tollymore Forest Park has panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the sea at…

    2.35 miles away
  8. The Maize Maze is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland. A massive 6 acre field of…

    2.63 miles away
  9. Set in spectacular surroundings overlooking Dundrum inner Bay these fine Georgian…

    2.94 miles away
  10. Believed to have been built in or around 1177, Dundrum Castle was built by John De Courcy…

    3.44 miles away
  11. A small car park for visitors is located off the Drumnaquoile Road and an extensive…

    3.65 miles away
  12. Castlewellan Peace Maze is located in Castlewellan Forest Park on Forest Park View,…

    3.98 miles away
  13. The Castlewellan Arboretum and Annesley Garden is situated north of the foothills of the…

    4.3 miles away
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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Directions from Town:
Follow signs to Newcastle, on entering town turn left at Lidl store and head towads Slieve Donard Hotel and before reaching hotel turn left along Golf Links Road. (Note: Follow brown tourist signs). 30 miles south of Belfast via the A24, 1 mile from Newcastle

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