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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.

(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:

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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


Wednesday, 11th September 2024 - Sunday, 15th September 2024

The Amgen Irish Open 2024The 2024 Amgen Irish Open will take place from 11-15 September, at Royal County Down Golf Club, in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. World-class golf, live music, and the best fans in the world are all to be enjoyed at this unmissable tournament.
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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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