Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle

(4.6/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
The Royal County Down Golf Club is a golf club in Northern Ireland, located in Newcastle, County Down. It opened 23 March 1889 and is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland. It has two 18-hole links courses, the Championship Course and the Annesley Links.Details of the coursesThe Championship Course at Royal County Down measures over 7200yd from the back tees, and the fourth and ninth holes are featured in the book The 500 World's Greatest Golf Holes. In 2005 the Championship Course was ranked as the fourth best course in the world outside the United States by Golf Digest, and in 2007 it was ranked first. In 2016 it was voted the best Golf Course in the world by US magazine Golf Digest.
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TripAdvisor
  • Is this the best golf course I have ever played? It could well be. It is the perfect golfing country, the Mourne Mountains rise out of the sea to 3000 ft, the caddies really know their stuff and make ...  more »
  • Played for Scotland vets vS The Rest vets - 2 rounds on the Championship course and one on the Anneslie. The Championship course deserves the No 1 in the world accolade. If you don't like blind shots ...  more »
  • Elegant hotel in a beautiful location. Heavy comforters on bed will keep you warm but a bedsheet between you and the comforter would keep it from getting TOO warm.  more »
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  • By far the best golf course I've played if I could give another star I would. Had the advantage of decent weather but a stiff breeze made it more challenging. One thing to remember is to trust the lines indicated by the marker stones and you won't go far wrong on any of the blind tee shots. The stroke saver will help you if you don't opt for a caddy. Presentation of the course was superb and the greens were immaculate. Was worth every penny.
  • Blessed to have played Royal County Down, albeit only once. Currently enjoying all the accolades of a course ranked number one in the World outside of the United States and truly well deserved. The aesthetics aside the course is not for the greenhorn. Fathomless Bunkers coupled with gorse and heather is my overriding memory of what was truly a stern test of my game and sanity. Blind shots of which are many render a caddy essential.In my estimation too much is made of the blind shots encountered in general reviews, I for one did not find it draconian or distracting, most of the blind shots occur within the first 9 holes. Greens were superb as one would expect, staff in the Clubhouse exemplary. Patiently waiting to play RCD once more
  • Great historical track. A real test for anyone. Well worth a round. The caddys orovide much need help for some difficult shots and breaks on the greens. Some blind shots so follow their advice and play well
  • Not a weak hole on the golf course. Difficulty is from the tee to green. Greens are big but mostly flat. Weather can affect conditions like any seaside course. Play early to avoid the wind. Club staff is great, led by Head Professional Kevan Whitson.
  • Amazing location and very attentive service. Beautiful rooms. No air conditioning and not much cross air circulation with Windows. Good location with many amenities nearby