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Royal County Down Golf Club

Newcastle BT33 0AN, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4372 3314
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Awesome golf experience

An absolute must play if you are in Northern Ireland! Second time I have played and look forward... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Honolulu, Hawaii
via mobile
Gorgeous Course, a treat to play

We loved Royal County Down, a beautiful links style course. Our tee time was delayed by three hours... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2017
Russ Q
Vancouver, Canada
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent89%
  • Very good8%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“blind shots” (17 reviews)
“greens” (22 reviews)
“links course” (12 reviews)
Newcastle BT33 0AN, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4372 3314
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An absolute must play if you are in Northern Ireland! Second time I have played and look forward to my next visit! Enjoyed tea and snacks in the restaurant on the second floor overlooking the 18th green!

Thank shanghaichuck
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

We loved Royal County Down, a beautiful links style course. Our tee time was delayed by three hours due to course damage caused by torrential rain the night before. There are some very interesting holes and we had some wind which added to our challenge....More

Thank Russ Q
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

With beautiful vistas and world class challenging holes, this course is worth any detour to play. On the shore of the Irish Sea, County Down has been the scene of numerous competitions. They could certainly host a British open except that space for crowds is...More

1  Thank Corn1789
Reviewed 16 April 2017

one off r golf courses in county down the place is very good the food to die for i would love to play golf here if it was cheap and the food and stff u r very welcome in to the place

Thank ryanmichael1985
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Is this the best golf course I have ever played? It could well be. It is the perfect golfing country, the Mourne Mountains rise out of the sea to 3000 ft, the caddies really know their stuff and make it a unique, wonderful, memorable and...More

Thank Guy L
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Played for Scotland vets vS The Rest vets - 2 rounds on the Championship course and one on the Anneslie. The Championship course deserves the No 1 in the world accolade. If you don't like blind shots then perhaps you should avoid !! The smaller,...More

Thank Neil M
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Elegant hotel in a beautiful location. Heavy comforters on bed will keep you warm but a bedsheet between you and the comforter would keep it from getting TOO warm.

1  Thank mccglf
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We played 8 different courses in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Royal County Down was the best experience by far. My caddie "Barry" treated me like a tour player. Guided me around the course flawlessly, offered great advice and read putts like a magician. The facilities...More

1  Thank eddier02184
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

We four brave souls ventured out from Madrid to play in the third and final leg of this excellent annual tournament. Our scores were all far from the leaders rostrum but this is to take nothing away from the quality and delight of this Northern...More

Thank ProfeePeter
Reviewed 12 August 2016

This is one of the best courses in the world. It is lovely, great fun to play, and a very challenging course. We would return in a heartbeat. We had a wonderful time, I would recommend a forecaddy to help you if you have not...More

1  Thank LibbyH1
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Husband looking for overnight accommodation near royal county down golf club. Catching plane next day from Belfast airport. Can anyone recommend a guest house nearby. Many thanks liz
20 February 2017|
Response from Joe W |
Hi Liz, The town of Newcastle has a lot of nice guest houses (commonly called Bed & Breakfast in the UK, or more often shortened to B&B). Many of them are listed on Trip Advisor. I have stayed in a few over the years, but... More
Jonathon B
Is there any booking fee for advance tee time reservations?
14 September 2015|
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Response from Arqueros | Reviewed this property |
Full payment is required 30 days in advance. Groups of 12+ need to put down a deposit. Full refund for cancellation over 30 days in advance, thereafter 50%, then 25%, then 0%. See the visitor information on their website
Hi is the course still playing off mats per one of the reviews!
19 February 2015|
Response from Gary L | Reviewed this property |
I w a s there in September so I suggest you call the course and ask as winter always presents challenges for places with nearly year-round play. No pun intended. :)