Royal County Down Golf Club, Northern Ireland
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Royal County Down Golf Club is located against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne in the Murlough Nature Reserve along the shores of Dundrum Bay in Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland. The Championship Links course, built by Old Tom Morris adjacent to the Irish Sea, has seen myriad major golf tournaments on its hallowed grounds dating back to the late 19th century, including The Walker Cup, The Curtis Cup, The Amateur Championship, The Irish Open and The Senior Open. The Championship course first opened for play in 1889 and although much of the original design has been re-routed and rebuilt the links still retains the character of that original layout which includes bearded bunkers, gorse covered hillocks and terrifying blind tee shots. A premium is placed on shot-making skills, especially in light of the unpredictable weather that is constantly brewing in the Irish Sea.
Bernard Darwin, a legendary golf writer said of the course “the kind of golf people play in their most ecstatic dreams”. The Championship course at Royal County Down is consistently rated among the top golf courses in the world. Royal County Down Golf Club, which also includes the shorter but no less majestic Annesley Links course, is considered as one of the most exclusive clubs on the planet however the wonderful courses are available for outside play most days of the week.
Situated 48 kilometers south of Belfast and150 kilometers north of Dublin, a good selection of hotels, inns, lodges restaurants and pubs are nearby. Exploring the nearby Mountains of Mourne highlights other attractions in the local area which include hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding and fishing.
Your dream of visiting the British Isles for a go at its world class golf courses will not be complete without including a trip to Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland. Include this golfing adventure on your list and start imagining yourself playing on the same ground as some of the world’s great champion golfers.
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