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Royal County Down Golf Club

The Championship Links


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Championship Links

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.

The narrowest ribbons of fairways thread their way through as impressive a set of sand dunes as could be imagined. The fairways are surrounded by purple heather and golden gorse, so beautiful to look at but so punishing for any who may stray from the prescribed path.

The ‘bearded’ bunkers are world famous and feature overhanging lips of marram, red fescue and heather. The greens are fast and many are domed, rejecting any shot lacking conviction. This is a true test of any player’s command of the traditional bump and run, the preferred way to play any links.

The ninth hole is one of the most photographed holes in world golf. A 486 yard par 4, it is played from one side of a huge mound down to a fairway some 60 ft below and 260 yards from the tee. From the bottom of the slope the second shot is played over two bunkers to a raised green.

The finest of all links courses, it offers a stern challenge from the championship tees. The record is 66 set by Ireland’s first golfing superstar, Jimmy Bruen, in 1939. From the stableford tees it offers golfers of all standards the opportunity of playing a truly great course with dramatic panorama of the surrounding mountains and coastline.

Please click the link for Links Management.

To read about the Wildlife and Habitat Conservation at The Royal County Down Golf Club, please download the Guide to Wildlife and Habitat Conservation.

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Scorecard

Hole Blue White Yellow Men's
Par
Men's
S.I.
Red Ladies
Par
Ladies
S.I.
1 539 523 503 5 13 483 5 13
2 444 424 387 4 9 344 4 3
3 475 475 455 4 3 423 5 9
4 229 215 202 3 15 159 3 15
5 440 429 419 4 7 395 4 7
6 396 369 355 4 11 338 4 1
7 144 135 125 3 17 113 3 17
8 429 424 414 4 1 405 5 5
9 483 427 427 4 5 429 5 11
OUT 3579 3421 3287 35
3089 38
Slope 142 131 126

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Hole Blue White Yellow Men's
Par
Men's
S.I.
Red Ladies
Par
Ladies
S.I.
10 196 188 180 3 18 172 3 16
11 442 430 430 4 8 389 4 2
12 525 478 469 5 16 455 5 8
13 446 423 423 4 2 409 5 12
14 212 202 202 3 12 195 3 14
15 468 454 420 4 4 410 5 4
16 337 318 300 4 14 276 4 18
17 433 416 402 4 10 374 4 6
18 548 548 528 5 6 480 5 10
IN 3607 3457 3354 36
3160 38
Slope 142 131 126

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