Royal County Down Golf Club
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Founded In 1889 by a group of Influential businessmen, The Royal County Down Golf Club is located in the beautiful surroundings of the Murlough Nature Reserve, stretching along the shores of Dundrum Bay. It was later expanded from the original 9 hole layout to the modern 18 hole layout by Old Tom Morris. The ‘bearded’ bunkers are world famous and feature overhanging lips of marram, red fescue and heather. The greens are fast and many are domed, rejecting any shot lacking conviction. This is a true test of any player’s command of the traditional bump and run, the preferred way to play any links. Royal County Down is not only a fine test of golf but has accompanying scenery that is utterly spellbinding. Notoriously tough, with penal rough, this is very much a straight-hitters golf course. With frequent visitors such as Rory McIlroy, Royal County Down attracts the best players in the world; whether for competition or for sheer enjoyment. Tiger Woods and Tom Watson have often played the course in preparation for the Open Championship, and after playing host to major championships such as the Walker cup, and the Senior Open for 3 consecutive years, golfing greats such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary player have all graced the greens. In 2016, Golf Digest ranked RCD the No.1 Golf Course in the world ahead of Augusta National, Pine Valley and Cypress Point. When you play it as part of your next Connoisseur Golf trip, you'll see why.