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Royal County Down - Championship Links

Newcastle, Northern Ireland
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Holes

18

Par

71

Architect

Tom Morris

Built

1889

Type

Links Course

Several legendary architects have had a hand in making the Old Course at Royal County Down one of the most celebrated in golf. Tom Morris was responsible for the first design, while today's course is mainly the work of Harry S. Colt, and recent renovations by Donald Steele prepared the course to host the Walker Cup in 1997. The location is scenic, on dunes that extend south from Belfast and are overlooked by the Mountains of Mourne, so most of the holes offer picturesque scenery. The fairways move between the sand and the cliffs along the beach, and are defined by golden broom grass from April to June. A standout among the many unforgettable holes is the 9th, which starts with a drive, framed by hills and a church steeple, some twenty yards down to the fairway. Every player should try to play the Old Course at least once.

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Michael Harbisch
Bad Vilbeler Golfclub Lindenhof
8 Hcp 71 courses played
Fabulous
Unique setting, Europe’s No 1
18 June 2018
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Jeremy Freiburghaus
Domat Ems Golf Club
+4 Hcp 7 courses played
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What an experience to play this course. I played the Irish Amateur Championship over the past week. And we had all kinds of different weather. Everyday I felt like I'm playing a different course. Really tough when it gets windy. But I really enjoyed the fantastic views and the superb condition the course was in. You deffenitly must play that course if you are planning a trip to the UK.
16 May 2017
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Julien Tizot
Le Golf National
4 Hcp 60 courses played
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Our second stop on our NI-Scotland-Ireland trip was Royal County Down. We came in with very high expectations and boy it did not disappoint! We got to the club late on a Wednesday as the sun was coming down, so we got the chance to have a quick glimpse at the property and stayed at the nice hotel right behind the first tee. With the excitement we got to the putting green at 7:20 for a tee time at 8:05. First on the course, no one after us for a full hour and perfect conditions. As soon as we teed it off, we realized how unique and mystical this place is. The front 9 is indeed, the best front 9 you can play with all holes being absolutely great. The view from the 4th tee box, the 1st par 3 of the course enabled us to contemplate the mountain, the sea, the gorse bushes, the club house and the hotel. We took it all in! The course is challenging indeed, with a couple of blind shots and not so easy greens. Bunkers are perfectly placed and you must play well to score. However, (maybe I was in a good day), I found the course fair and very enjoyable. Overall, it was my best golf experience as this place combines everything I am looking for when playing a course: history, uniqueness, beauty, challenges & fairness. It was a truly remarkable experience that I would highly recommend any golf lover to try!
26 April 2017
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