Royal County Down Golf Club
36 Golf Links Rd
Newcastle, R9 BT33 0AN, United Kingdom

In addition to the famous Championship Links course, Royal County Down also owns and operates the Annesley Links.

The Championship Links opened with nine holes designed by George L. Baillie and opened in 1889, while Old Tom Morris designed the second nine that opened in July of 1890. Nevertheless, several other golfers, including James Braid, Harry Vardon, and J.H. Taylor, made redesign suggestions that were implemented later on.

The Championship Links is open to visitors on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. A wide variety of rates exist for the Championship Links (in pounds sterling). In peak-season (May to October), the morning rate is £165, the afternoon rate is £150, then £180 on Sundays.

The Annesley Links are £25 during peak season, £20 in the winter.
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Course Details

Greens Fees (including cart):
   Weekday:£150 - £199
   Weekend:£150 - £199
Superintendent:E.C. Crawford
Guest Policy:open
Dress Code:Collared Shirt (No Denim)
Season Start:Year-round, weather permitting
Pro Shop :yes
Water Hazards:None
Sand Bunkers:Moderate

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Semi-Private CourseDownpatrick Golf Club
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Semi-Private CourseArdglass Golf Club
Ardglass, Down (11 miles)
Semi-Private CourseSpa Golf Club
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Semi-Private CourseKilkeel Golf Club
Kilkeel, Down (12 miles)
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Recent Scores

Date Golfer Score
1/22/20 dwilson2002965 76
1/4/20 dwilson2002965 76
11/16/19 dwilson2002965 76
11/6/19 dwilson2002965 75
11/2/19 dwilson2002965 72
10/26/19 dwilson2002965 73
10/21/19 dwilson2002965 75
10/17/19 tafin 41*
9/24/19 Kevin Phillips 82
9/21/19 dwilson2002965 76
9/10/19 mschewe 80
8/16/19 gary voysey 78
8/14/19 dwilson2002965 76
8/11/19 Dave Moore 104
8/7/19 dwilson2002965 76
8/4/19 tafin 88
7/25/19 Peter Knight 108
7/20/19 dwilson2002965 77
7/15/19 Dan Murphy 82
6/29/19 dwilson2002965 67
6/26/19 dwilson2002965 74
6/8/19 dwilson2002965 76
5/26/19 WGGolf 87
5/6/19 JoeDavey 83

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Recent Reviews

  oonaghs54 - 2/8/17
Beautiful course and it matches up to everything said about it, but I would also like to praise the small course which is a delight to play also.
  navansea - 10/15/14
A fabulous challenge in a masterpiece setting
  sonic2 - 4/24/14
Played RCD last week prior to the summer rates, WOW what a stunning golf course, great T shots over dunes, a stern wind and big fast greens. A real challenge, and some very famous golfing stars sharing the locker room, will have to go back and beat my score!
  Wantesgolf - 6/19/13
Marvellous location. Very slow greens. Too slow for the fame of the course. Too many blind shots
  Gord0n67 - 4/27/13
Fantastic course - tough and demanding especially when windy- a must play
  toskeysam - 6/29/12
Put this beautiful, demanding, and spectacular course on your personal bucket list.
  mallet36 - 4/13/12
Best course I have ever played.
  aglazier - 7/1/11
Course was playing incredibly difficult. Greens were like concrete as were the surrounding aprons. Most greens were crowned greens or hog backed and balls would just slide off and run into rough that has been growing for 120 years without anyone cutting it. The rough was airy and felt like walking on pillows. The balls would just disappear even if you saw exactly where it went. Occassionally, when you were lucky enough to find one, it was a challenge just getting it back to the fairway at 90 degrees.

Considering the hefty green fee, the fairways and greens were not in very good condition.

It was windy this day and then the heavens opened up and started dumping rain on us in the 17th fairway. I was soaked from head to toe by the time we finished 18. I fought hard for a par on 18 into a driving rainstorm. My rain gear was in the car.

The mountains in combination with the ocean may make this the single, most gorgeous venue for a golf course that I have ever seen, aside from Cypress Point and maybe Ardglass. It was a surreal experience for sure. Although, I will say that having played Cypress Point and Pebble Beach (both of which along with Royal County Down are consistently ranked as the #1 course in the world), this golf course does not come close to matching those two giants and in my opinion. It's really not even in the same conversation, sorry RCD.

  syeamMAGS - 1/15/19
  johnbapgraham - 12/1/18
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