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Royal County Down Golf Club

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Address: Newcastle BT33 0AN, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 44 0 28 43723314
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Activities: Golfing
Description: One of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland with traditions dating back 100...
One of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland with traditions dating back 100 years, this 18-hole Championship Course is rated among the best in the world.
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Best Golf Course I Ever Played

Easily lives up to its Golf Digest rating of 4th best course in the world and best course outside of United States. Was fun to play. Designed by Old Tom Morris and was quirky fun... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Easily lives up to its Golf Digest rating of 4th best course in the world and best course outside of United States. Was fun to play. Designed by Old Tom Morris and was quirky fun like Lahinch and the Old Course at St Andrews. This course is a must for the avid golfer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We played 10 rounds in NI and ROI and only got rained on once and it was at Royal County Down. We hire 2 trainee caddies and 2 'regular' caddies. The trainees were just that and basically someone to carry your bag. For advice on lines, putts etc you want a 'regular' or 'senior' caddie. All were good spirits and... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

A demanding classic links layout which required skilful approach shots to hold the greens. RCD is rated one of the world's best and our party of 16 loved the experience. Suggest you take a fore caddie as there are lots of hidden holes and their advice will save you lots of shots.

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tulsa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My favorite golf course in the world. Great layout, great conditioning, great views with Mourne mountains in the background. Very inviting to guests unlike many courses of this stature, very causal attitude also which I loved. A few too many blind shots for my liking but doesn't take away from my rating. Tough track so get a caddie to help... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Royal County Downs golf club is a very difficult links course that is not for the average golfer. Several holes require carry off the tee of around 200 yards to hit the fairway. The carry must also be on 'line' or the ball will be in a very challenging rough. Course is not for the faint at heart when it... More 

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Rotorua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Stunning location under the Mourne mountains Fills your soul with total joy pack plenty of balls and if not with a local get a caddy for the craic and the local knowledge as there are alot of things to know about what this course has hidden for the unsuspecting golfer. Dont worry about your score just breath the air take... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Got to play here a week after the Irish Open with my daughter. Course was phenomenal! Rewards good shots and penalizes the bad ones. Several blind shots so I would recommend a caddy. We had two that were great! I have to say this is my favorite course of all time and I've played a lot of the good ones.... More 

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Fortunate to play the course the week after the Irish Open, but in much better weather. It is a beautiful looking course and while it is a stiff challenge it's a fair one. I have been fortunate to play many championship courses in my time but this is up there with the best, if not the best. Wonderful

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Being a professional caddy on tour and having traveled the world caddying top courses, this one,Royal County Down has blown me away. The course design, greens, well placed bunkers, topography, views, difficulty, friendly staff, club house just make it a 10/10 package., Consistently in the worlds top 10 courses, I see why!

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Even in the middle of the Irish Open, we managed to find the beach to ourselves for a stroll and few jars in the local clubhouse!

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Address: Newcastle BT33 0AN, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 44 0 28 43723314
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Newcastle

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