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What's Newcastle Like?

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Torrance, CA USA
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What's Newcastle Like?

Planning a golf trip to N. Ireland for June 2012 and have Royal County Down on my must play list. I am a 48 year-old male and will most likely be by myself. In addition to playing golf I like to enjoy a good meal and a pint or two in the evening. There is limited information available on Newcastle, so I am wondering if it is a decent place to stay for a couple nights while I tackle Royal County Down.

Any thoughts on Newcastle as a place to stay would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: What's Newcastle Like?

Newcastle has a lovely location with the sea and the mountains. If you can, consider staying at the Slieve Donard hotel - nice for relaxing with its pool facilities.


If you enjoy hiking, you can easily walk in the area - head up through Donard Park.

If you have a car, you can explore more of the Mournes area e.g. Silent Valley.

Newcastle is a typical small seaside town but it can be busy in the summer months as it is popular with families and with teenagers at the weekends but is quieter during the week and out of season. If you are there at the end of June if school has broken for the summer, it might be busy.

These links may provide you with some more information



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It's not a huge place, but it is the biggest town in the immediate area and has a resort feel. It does tend to get busy with day trippers if the weather is good on weekends in June. It is rather picturesque with the back drop of the mountains. If you are playing golf at Royal County Down there is really no reason to go elsewhere. In the words of Percy French, you "might as well be, Where the Mountains of Mourne roll down to the sea."

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3. Re: What's Newcastle Like?

Newcastle is a beautiful place to stay, it has the Mourne Mountains, the seaside, wonderful scenery and has undergone a major facelift in the past few years with a new promenade, public art and new street furniture and is the perfect place to stay if your playing RCD.

The 4 star, Slieve Donard Resort & Spa stands in six acres of private gardens with the beach on one side and Royal County Down bordering the other and is within walking distance of the town. There are other hotels in the town, details can be found on www.discovernorthernireland.com or if you contact the Newcastle Tourist Information Centre (newcastle.tic@downdc.gov.uk) they can help with whatever you need.

Hope this is useful and enjoy your trip to Newcastle.

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4. Re: What's Newcastle Like?

Thanks for all the info, Newcastle sounds like a great place to spend a couple of days while I am playing RCD. I am looking forward to my visit. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate...:)

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5. Re: What's Newcastle Like?

I would make sure you can get to play Royal County Down first as it can be hard for non-members to get onto the course especially during the summer months

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