Newcastle, United Kingdom
Royal County Down Golf Club
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36 Golf Links Rd
Newcastle, R9 BT33 0AN, United Kingdom
In addition to the famous Championship Links course, Royal County Down also owns and operates the Annesley Links.
The Championship Links opened with nine holes designed by George L. Baillie and opened in 1889, while Old Tom Morris designed the second nine that opened in July of 1890. Nevertheless, several other golfers, including James Braid, Harry Vardon, and J.H. Taylor, made redesign suggestions that were implemented later on.
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wantes - 6/19/13
Marvellous location. Very slow greens. Too slow for the fame of the course. Too many blind shots
aglazier - 7/1/11
Course was playing incredibly difficult. Greens were like concrete as were the surrounding aprons. Most greens were crowned greens or hog backed and balls would just slide off and run into rough that has been growing for 120 years without anyone cutting it. The rough was airy and felt like walking on pillows. The balls would just disappear even if you saw exactly where it went. Occassionally, when you were lucky enough to find one, it was a challenge just getting it back to the fairway at 90 degrees.
Considering the hefty green fee, the fairways and greens were not in very good condition.
It was windy this day and then the heavens opened up and started dumping rain on us in the 17th fairway. I was soaked from head to toe by the time we finished 18. I fought hard for a par on 18 into a driving rainstorm. My rain gear was in the car.
The mountains in combination with the ocean may make this the single, most gorgeous venue for a golf course that I have ever seen, aside from Cypress Point and maybe Ardglass. It was a surreal experience for sure. Although, I will say that having played Cypress Point and Pebble Beach (both of which along with Royal County Down are consistently ranked as the #1 course in the world), this golf course does not come close to matching those two giants and in my opinion. It's really not even in the same conversation, sorry RCD.
Zotisk - 4/29/12
adamshipley - 4/16/11
Best Score: 67
Championship / Championship