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Royal County Down Golf Club

36 Golf Links Road, Newcastle BT33 0AN, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4372 3314
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Biggest disappointment in Week of gold in Ireland

We were very much looking to our round of gold at RCD Beautiful day and sunny day Course in poor... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Howard S
Can be a real challenge

A course storied in tradition. Very different than courses in North America. Course was very dry... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mrbill67
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Tecumseh, Canada
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One of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland with traditions dating back 100 years, this 18-hole Championship Course is rated among the best in the world.
  • Excellent89%
  • Very good8%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“blind shots” (20 reviews)
“pro shop” (10 reviews)
“sand traps” (4 reviews)
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36 Golf Links Road, Newcastle BT33 0AN, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 4372 3314
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very much looking to our round of gold at RCD Beautiful day and sunny day Course in poor condition and were given 2 caddies with red markings which made worse. Apparently there are several levels of caddies and red markings equals rookie who...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A course storied in tradition. Very different than courses in North America. Course was very dry and brown. Quite often the roll would give you another 50 yards off the tee or your second shot. Have to stay on the fairway. More enjoyable if you...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a beautiful and amazing course. Very difficult if you get off of the fairway. Fair course if you stay in the short grass. Caddies were top notch and the course was in great condition. For the top rated course (by some) in the world,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not sure golf can get better than this. I have played all over the world and this was the best. The combination of great holes, in settings among the dunes that are unmatched...coupled with hospitality meant to treat visitors like members. Yes, it is a...More

1  Thank illinois59
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Early tee time. Do not get out of the fairway. Not very friendly to women. We shared a caddie who was very helpful. Awesome views. Tough tee shots for women.

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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

This is my third time playing this course and trying to love it. The clubhouse and staff are wonderful. My complaint from a woman's point of view is the layout. If you are not a single digit handicap with a 200 yard drive and a...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

What an amazing course. Not boring holes, immaculate condition, beautiful layout and brutally difficult and fast greens. We (7, 11 HC) were challenged the whole 18 holes and exhausted at the end but wow, what an experience. We didn't have a caddy but probably should...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

A must play. The most scenic golf course I've played so far and a true test to your game. The front nine is just stunning, the back nine nas a few average holes. Bring your A game, else this will be frustrating.

1  Thank Timmie B
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

Well worth any excuse to play this magnificent course. Lived up to all of the praise and reviews. Great layout, scenery, caddies..we had a wonderful time.

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

My opinion is that this was the best golf I've played either in Ireland or the U.S. We played Doonbeg, Lahinch, Tralee, Sligo, Enniscrone, and County Louth in addition to RCD. Hands down the best. We used caddies and my caddie (Eamon) was excellent. He...More

3  Thank Ron F
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Liz300154
21 February 2017|
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Response from Joe W |
Hi Liz, The town of Newcastle has a lot of nice guest houses (commonly called Bed & Breakfast in the UK, or more often shortened to B&B). Many of them are listed on Trip Advisor. I have stayed in a few over the years, but... More
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Jonathon B
14 September 2015|
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Response from Arqueros | Reviewed this property |
Full payment is required 30 days in advance. Groups of 12+ need to put down a deposit. Full refund for cancellation over 30 days in advance, thereafter 50%, then 25%, then 0%. See the visitor information on their website
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Jacqui28M
20 February 2015|
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Response from Gary L | Reviewed this property |
I w a s there in September so I suggest you call the course and ask as winter always presents challenges for places with nearly year-round play. No pun intended. :)
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