Royal County Down Golf Club

Pro Shop


Pro Shop 

The recently extended clubhouse at Royal County Down now houses a professional’s shop which is the equal of any in the country and the Club is fortunate to have associated with it a Head Professional and assistant professionals of such experience and expertise as Kevan Whitson and his staff.  They pride themselves in being able to satisfy almost all the requirements of members and visitors for golfing equipment and tuition. They are the first point of contact for visitors – please call at the Professional’s shop on arrival, where they will be glad to welcome and help you.

To email Kevan or his team


Kevan Whitson

Kevan Whitson, the Head Professional, is an Advanced Fellow of the PGA. He came to Royal County Down in 1992, having grown up on the east coast of Scotland playing some of the oldest traditional links in the world. When he qualified as an assistant at the Royal Burgess Golfing Society in Edinburgh he was one of the youngest professionals in the history of the PGA. With a growing reputation as a teacher, he had to curtail his playing career, and over the years has coached many top amateurs and touring professionals. He is ranked by “Golf Monthly” as one of the top 25 teachers in the UK.

He has published papers as a county and provincial coach, has acted as a consultant to the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union and is much sought after as a speaker and golf consultant.

During his time at Royal County Down he has provided valuable input to many leading championships held at the Club, including the Amateur Championship, the British Ladies’ Amateur Open Championship, three Seniors’ Open Championships and, in 2007, the Walker Cup .In 2009 he was honoured by the PGA as a recipient of one of only four 5-Star Professional Awards, for which nominations are made by fellow professionals; past recipients include Bernard Gallagher , John Jacobs , Mickey Walker , Severiano Ballesteros , Bernhard Langer and Bob Torrance.


Pro Staff & Equipment Hire

John Murray - Senior Assistant Professional.

John qualified in 2014 having spent three years in Portmarnock Golf Club before joining the team. John is a native of Newcastle where he played to a handicap of +1 before turning Pro.

Alex Shedden - Assistant Professional

Qualified 2016. Alex Graduated from the University of Highlands and Islands and spent a season at Royal Dornoch.

Daniel Wright - Third Year Trainee.

Daniel, formerly a Professional Footballer with Wolves, joined us in 2014.


We carry a wide selection of current models, TaylorMade, Ping, Callaway and Titleist.

We try to profile your hire set as closely as possible to your own clubs. Cost per round: £45

Trolley Hire

Cost per round
GPS walk behind trolleys £20
Pull Carts. £5


Shoe hire by request.




We offer many great brands including: 

  • Golf shirts and sweaters which combine luxury, comfort and functionality from Marbas, Peter Millar and Fairway & Greene
  • Classic sweaters in cashmere, lambswool and fine merino
  • High-tech garments from Galvin Green designed to match all golfing conditions


We have a state-of-the-art Custom Fitting studio using Trackman technology to fit major brands including Callaway, Mizuno, Ping, Taylormade and Titleist.


We carry a full range of the leading brands in golf shoes.


We carry a wide range of gifts, accessories and books including the History of The Royal County Down Golf Club 125th Anniversary Edition and The Evolution of the Links at The Royal County Down Golf Club also prints of the links by Linda Hartough and Richard Chorley and stunning photographs from Chris Hill and Stonehouse along with Aluminium mounted prints from Henebrys.


Sunglasses, sun cream, lip balm, disposable cameras, batteries, tissues, drinks and confectionery are all available in the shop.

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The professional golf instruction programme encompasses more than just individual instruction – it also includes adult clinics, junior clinics, demo days and individual club fittings. Recent additions include Trackman Coaching System, video analysis capability (GASP System) and the Explanar Swing System.

The Links Experience Talk

A 10 minute talk in the Murlough Room giving informal advice on what visitors may expect that day on the Championship Links may be arranged prior to play.

Tuition fees:

Lesson 9 Hole Lesson
Head Professional £35 £90
Teaching Professional £25 £65
Training Professional £15 £50

​Lessons may be arranged by contacting the Professional's Shop in advance. All playing lessons will take place on the Annesley Links.

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