Championship Links (Royal County Down)

The Championship Links is located in a naturally beautiful links setting along Murlough Nature Reserve and the beach, with the majestic Mourne Mountains serving as the backdrop at every turn.

Designed by Old Tom Morris, Royal County Down was founded in 1889 and is one of the most famous links courses anywhere in the world. Visitors from all over travel to Newcastle for their chance to play the Championship Links, a course on every golfer’s bucket list.

The opening holes hug the coastline with panoramic views out to Dundrum Bay before turning in the opposite direction at the par-three fourth, one of the most photographed holes in golf. This is a truly stunning par-3, measuring almost 250-yards from the elevated back tees and hitting towards the Mourne Mountains.

Fairways on this par-71 (for men) meander through natural duneland with the world-renowned ninth hole taking golfers back to the clubhouse on a course with two loops of nine. Visitors are sure to take a moment at the top of the ninth hill – simply one of the best views in golf.

The back nine takes golfers north until the par-14th before the run for home begins at the challenging par-4 15th. There is no let up on the Championship Links, especially the closing stretch is the prevailing wind is into your face.

Championship Links (Royal County Down)

A day on the links never to be forgotten

Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zigzagging back and forth to provide a different vista from virtually every hole.

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