Course Spotlight

Every few weeks we will feature one of our recommended courses and highlight why the discerning golfing tourist should play there. 

In the meantime though and to whet your appetite for golf in Northern Ireland I’ve posted a few pics below of a recent playing visit to one of the jewels in Northern Ireland’s golfing crown – Royal County Down.  Perhaps they may inspire you to visit.   If so, please contact us and you too could be standing as I was on the 3rd or 8th tees as shown here. 

 

I have to admit that visually these are my two favourite parts of the course, situated where they are, one beside the beach, the other staring down Slieve Donard, the highest point in Ulster.  Indeed the view from the 8th is this website’s header image but its the ninth that everyone wants to photograph, throughout its life the great and the good of the golfing world have had their photograph taken at this iconic spot and of course I was no exception.  It certainly is a wonderful feeling coming over the ridge for the first time to see the fairway plunge below leading you back to clubhouse and hotel in the distance.  And to think that after this hole there’s another nine holes of exquisite beauty to enjoy.

For me though the standout feature of the actual course is the bunkering,  rarely does one get to regularly play amongst bunkers of such fiendish beauty.

There’s not much I can write here that hasn’t already been written and blogged in the printed and virtual press about RCD.  Quite simply its all true and the course thoroughly deserves its place as part of the world’s elite.  Yes its may be too much of a test for the higher handicapper with its wild bunkers and punishing rough and the number of blind driving holes may not be to everyone’s taste but it simply is a feast for the eyes and golfing soul.

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