Royal County Down Golf Club, Northern Ireland

Royal County Down Golf Club, Northern Ireland  
Consistently ranked among the Top 10 courses in the world, this par 71 links course measures over 7,100 yards and is often referred to as one of the toughest courses in the British isles. Located in Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland, the Championship Course dates back to 1899 with design credit to Old Tom Morris. Read more “Royal County Down Golf Club, Northern Ireland”

Royal County Down Golf Club

Royal County Down
Royal County Down by Aidan Bradley.

Royal County Down Golf Club is one of Ireland’s oldest golf clubs. Located in Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland, RCD is home to two 18-hole links courses that date back to 1889. Read more “Royal County Down Golf Club”

New Restaurant in Newcastle, County Down, Ireland

We always like to keep up to date with new restaurants that our clients would enjoy, and so far this year the new Vanilla restaurant in Newcastle, County Down has been getting some very good reviews from our clients.

Opened in October last year the restaurant specialises in preparing dishes from the finest local ingredients. You can see full details of the menus if you click here.  Yum!

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 9 years and is one of your Golf Travel Specialists.

Irish Golf Course Ratings…by the Irish

I read with interest the recently published Irish course ratings in ‘Backspin’, an Irish golf magazine.  The ratings were awarded by Irish pros, amateurs and the media…and the resulting list makes for some fascinating reading.  The biggest surprise to me was Ballybunion being rated 7th in the Links Courses category – I have played there in the past and thought the course was fantastic.  I was also interested to see how well the courses in the Dublin area and Northern Ireland fared, especially the links courses which our clients usually prefer to play.  Click here to see details of the full list.

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Making use of this list, you could have a fantastic trip based in Dublin then head up to Newcastle and finish on the north coast of Northern Ireland.  In Dublin you could play Portmarnock, The European Club, The Island and Royal Dublin (or the Links at Portmarnock Hotel).  You could then head north (it’s just over an hour to Baltray) and play Co Louth before continuing up to Newcastle.  Here you would play Royal County Down and then continue to the north coast where you might be based at Bushmills and would be perfectly positioned to play Royal Portrush, Portstewart and Ballyliffin.  This would make for a great trip and would allow you to play 9 of the top 18 courses mentioned, including all of the top 5!  And that is only including the links courses; if you want to mix in a couple of parkland courses, there is also the K Club and Druid’s Glen, both just outside Dublin.  What are you waiting for?!

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 9 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.