Royal County Down Golf Club

The Royal County Down Golf Club


The Royal County Down Golf Club was founded in 1889 by a group of influential business and professional men from Belfast. There is some evidence to suggest that even before then a rudimentary form of golf was being played by the townsfolk on the rabbit warren at Newcastle. However, it was the development of a railway line from Belfast to Newcastle by the Belfast & County Down Railway and the emergence of Newcastle as a desirable seaside resort in Victorian times which provided the impetus for the first formal golf course.

The development of the course is described in fascinating detail in Richard A. Latham's excellent book, "The Evolution of the Links at Royal County Down Golf Club" (Radial Sports Publishing Limited, 2006). George L. Baillie, a Scottish schoolteacher who came to Belfast and quickly embarked on a personal crusade to establish golf courses, was mainly responsible for the original nine-hole layout.

Clubhouse Facilities

Murlough bar and dining room

After your round, why not enjoy a drink in the Murlough Room, which has views of the 18th green, the 10th tee and the Mountains of Mourne. The bar and dining room offer visiting golfers the opportunity to relax in comfort after their round.

A menu which includes both light snacks and more substantial meals, all freshly prepared, is available throught the day, as is the fully licensed bar.

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Things To Do and See

Accommodation & Restaurants

There is a range of accommodation in the Newcastle area including hotels, Bed and Breakfasts. Go to discovernorthernireland to learn more.

Getting Here

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Newcastle is 30 miles south of Belfast via the A24 (approx 1 hour); 90 miles north of Dublin via the M1/N1/A1 to Newry and then via the A25 (approx 2 hours)

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