Royal County Down Golf Club

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Royal County Down Golf Club
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Royal County Down in 2004
Club information
Royal County Down Golf Club is located in County Down
Royal County Down Golf Club
Location in Northern Ireland
Royal County Down Golf Club is located in Northern Ireland
Royal County Down Golf Club
Location in the United Kingdom
Royal County Down Golf Club is located in island of Ireland
Royal County Down Golf Club
Royal County Down Golf Club (island of Ireland)
Royal County Down Golf Club is located in the United Kingdom
Royal County Down Golf Club
Royal County Down Golf Club (the United Kingdom)
Coordinates54°13′05″N 5°53′02″W / 54.218°N 5.884°W / 54.218; -5.884Coordinates: 54°13′05″N 5°53′02″W / 54.218°N 5.884°W / 54.218; -5.884
LocationNewcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland
Established1889, 131 years ago
Total holes36
Tournaments hostedSenior British Open
The Amateur Championship
British Ladies Amateur
Curtis Cup
Walker Cup
Irish Open
Websiteroyalcountydown.org
Championship Links
Designed byOld Tom Morris;
George Combe;
Harry Vardon; Harry Colt
Par71
Length7,186 yards (6,571 m)
Course rating75.0
Slope rating142
Annesley Links
Par66
Length4,617 yards (4,222 m)

Royal County Down Golf Club is a golf club in Northern Ireland, located in Newcastle, County Down. It opened 131 years ago on 23 March 1889 and is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland. It has two 18-hole links courses, the Championship Course and the Annesley Links.[1]

Details of the courses[edit]

The Championship Course at Royal County Down measures 7,186 yards (6,570 m) from the back tees, and the 229-yard fourth and 483-yard ninth holes have been featured in the book The 500 World's Greatest Golf Holes. In 2018, the Championship Course was ranked as the best course in the world by Golf Digest.[2]

Significant tournaments[edit]

Royal County Down has made outstanding contributions to Irish golf from the Club's beginnings, hosting many important tournaments, starting soon after it opened, and continuing to the present day. Notably, the Club in 2007 became just the second Irish venue, after Portmarnock, to host the Walker Cup. The Irish Open on the European Tour took place in late May in 2015, returning to Royal County Down after 76 years.[3] It previously hosted the event three times, all prior to World War II. The British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship were held on the course in June 2019.[4]

History[edit]

The first course at County Down was built by Old Tom Morris, hired for the sum of four guineas to build a championship course at Newcastle, which opened on 23 March 1889. His course started and finished by the railway station; thus it played through the general area which the Slieve Donard Hotel now occupies. Joseph Tatlow in his book "Fifty Years of Railway Life" describes how as the then General Manager of the County Down Railway he identified the opportunity for the railway company to build a golf course and hotel at the southern end of their railway. Many of the holes were on the grounds that the present-day Championship and Annesley courses at County Down occupy. George Combe began the remodelling of the course in 1900, and was Convenor of the Green from 1900 to 1913. He was made an honorary life member in 1909 and continued making improvements to the course. Harry Vardon modified the course in 1908, the same year King Edward VII bestowed royal patronage on the club. In 1926, the Club brought Harry Colt in to make further improvements.[5][6]

Rory McIlroy named Royal County Down his favourite golf course in the world.[citation needed]

Royal County Down Golf Club secured 2nd place in golfscape's World's Top 100 Golf Course ranking 2020. [7]

Scorecard[edit]

The Championship Links[8]
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue 75.0 / 142 539 444 475 229 440 396 144 429 483 3579 196 442 525 446 212 468 337 433 548 3607 7186
White 74.0 / 131 523 424 475 215 429 369 135 424 427 3421 188 430 478 423 202 454 318 416 548 3457 6878
Yellow 73.0 / 126 503 387 455 202 419 355 125 414 427 3287 180 430 469 423 202 454 300 402 528 3388 6675
Par Men's 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 5 36 71
Handicap Men's 13 9 3 15 7 11 17 1 5 18 8 16 2 12 4 14 10 6
Red 77.0 / 148 483 344 423 159 395 338 113 405 429 3089 172 389 455 409 195 410 276 374 480 3160 6249
Par Ladies 5 4 5 3 4 4 3 5 5 38 3 4 5 5 3 5 4 4 5 38 76
Handicap Ladies 13 3 9 15 7 1 17 5 11 16 2 8 12 14 4 18 6 10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Royal County Down Golf Course". Discover Northern Ireland. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-25.
  2. ^ "Ranking: World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses". UTV. Archived from the original on 2019-12-11. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  3. ^ "Irish Open attracts bumper crowds". PGA European Tour. 22 June 2014. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Harm makes history to win Ladies Amateur". R&A. 30 June 2018. Archived from the original on 1 August 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Royal County Down, Northern Ireland". Top 100 Golf Courses of the World. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-08-25.
  6. ^ "The Royal County Down Golf Club (No. 1 Course)". Golf Club Atlas. Archived from the original on 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2007-08-25.
  7. ^ "Top 100 Golf Courses in the World 🏅 2020 • golfscape™". Futuri Visio. 2020-01-14. Archived from the original on 2020-01-27. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2020-09-28. Retrieved 2020-08-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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