Royal County Down Golf Club

This is among my favourite places to play in Northern Ireland, one of the truly great links courses. The more you play it, the more you recognise it for the piece of class it is

Rory McIlroy


The magnificent Royal County Down is often ranked the #1 course in the world. The Mountains of Mourne provide an epic backdrop, with its stunning coastal views, the setting at ‘RCD’ is a sight to behold.

Narrow fairways and testing bunkers are surrounded by purple heather and golden gorse, making Royal County Down a breath-taking though challenging test of pure links golf.

Key Info


Newcastle, Northern Ireland


George L Baillie, Old Tom Morris, Harry Vardon, Harry Colt, Donald Steel





Course Length

7,186 yards (Blue Tees)
6,878 (White)
6,675 (Yellow)
6,249 (Red)

Signature Holes

Hole 4 - Par 3
Hole 8 – Par 4
Hole 9 - Par 4

Notable Events Hosted

Irish Open (1928, 1935, 1939, 2015)

Included in these tours

Northern Ireland
Self Drive

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North Ireland
4-Star - Coach & Driver

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Northern Ireland
5-Star - Coach & Driver

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