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Royal County Down Golf Club - Championship Course

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36 Golf Links Road
Newcastle, Northern Ireland
BT33 0AN
Phone(s): +44 (0) 28 4372 3314, +44 (0) 28 4372 2419
Fax: +44 (0) 28 4372 6281


Opened in 1889, Royal County Down Golf Club is one of the oldest and well known golf clubs in Ireland. This exclusive club, whose membership is invitation only, boasts one of the most challenging links courses in the world. The Championship Links course is lauded as much for its beautiful scenery as it is for its challenging round. The unique landscape incorporates both the Dundrum Bay coastline and the neighboring Mourne Mountains. Narrow ribbons of fairway that are bordered by vast swathes of purple heather and golden gorse snake through the dune-covered landscape. The greens are fast and many have a tricky domed shape. The course is known for its 'bearded' bunkers, called such because they feature overhanging lips of marram, red fescue, and heather. The par-4 ninth hole is one of the most photographed holes in the golf world. This dramatic hole plays downhill to a fairway that sits 60 feet below.

Type Public
Style Links
Holes 18
  • H. S. Colt
  • Old Tom Morris
Year built 1889
Guest Policy Open
Golf Season Year round
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Putting Green Available Yes
Rental Carts Available No
Rental Trolleys Yes
Caddies Yes
Rental Clubs Available Yes
Pro Shop Yes
Pro Available Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Tee Times Welcomed Yes
Price Range Weekdays £70 - £230
Price Range Weekends £70 - £240
Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Other facilities clubhouse, practice facilities


Tee Par Length Slope Rating
Championship 71 7186 yd. 142 0
Medal 71 6878 yd. 131 0
Stableford 71 6675 yd. 126 0
Ladies 76 6249 yd. 148 0
Senior 72 6249 yd. 122 0

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