The Royal County Down Golf Club is a golf club in Northern Ireland, located in Newcastle, County Down. It opened 128 years ago 23 March 1889 and is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland
A leading Golf Magazine once described County Louth as being one of the best kept secrets of Irish golf, observing that it had to be one of the most enjoyable links in Ireland. It went on to add “there is not a weak hole on the course and some of the holes merit greatness".
We know General Manager Liam Murphy and his team at County Louth work hard to get the name out there and in recent seasons we have noticed significant demand for its inclusion on an east coast of Ireland golf trip itinerary.
County Louth, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2017 is a joy to play and a fun club to visit.
The welcome is consistently warm without being overbearing. There is a distinctly friendly atmosphere in and around the clubhouse as members engage with visitors, curious to learn about their home clubs and most importantly, the visitors’ impressions of their golf course. One such member is Des Smyth, a former tour player and Ryder Cup vice-captain ( when the tournament was staged at the K Club in 2006).
As for the course, which was designed by Tom Simpson , there are two loops of nine, with no two consecutive holes playing in the same direction apart from the 12th and 13th which run along the Irish sea.
From a logistics viewpoint, it’s location between the famous links at Royal County Down and Portmarnock, make County Louth very accessible for golfers starting or finishing their trips Dublin. The fact that they accommodate visitors on most Saturdays is also a plus, as visitor play is more often than not, restricted at most member courses on Saturdays.
Apart from being regarded as somewhat of a hidden gem of Irish golf courses, County Louth is the home of The East of Ireland Amateur Championship each June as well as having been the venue for the Irish Open Championship in 2009. For the record, Ireland’s Shane Lowry lifted the trophy as an amateur!
I snapped this picture of Trump International Golf Links the other day when with friends, a wonderful spot. A premier golf resort nestled along the coast of Ireland.
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We think it was the best vacation ever for us. I have been telling everyone – when they get ready to go to Ireland make sure they call me to get your contact info.
Thank you again and the best of luck,
Just a quick note to thank you for the amazing golf trip. Aidan was a fabulous driver, and very accommodating. Went above and beyond to meet our needs. Also, the places that we stayed were beautiful, comfortable, and centrally located. The food and staff at all of them exceeded my expectations.
The golf...Courses amazing, caddies when avail were wonderful...My game, well...it early in the season.
Thank you for providing the perfect weather as well!
If I have the privilege to do another Ireland golf trip, you will be the first I call.
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Cathal- Thank you for our 2015 Ireland Golf Extravaganza. "On behalf of our group I just wanted to say thank you again for helping make our trip one of the most enjoyable moments of our lives. We are constantly sharing stories about our trip. The courses were "fantastic, simply breathtaking, and wonderful"; wonderful people in the towns that we visited; the Guinness was delicious and refreshing, But most importantly the excellent service from Specialty Golf made everything possible.
I would be remiss if I did not say thank you for taking the time to respond to my countless emails and assisting me throughout the process. Also, we valued the time you took to spend with the group and fitting in an extra trip the Jameson Distillery.
I will tell anyone seeking a tour service Ireland golf that Specialty Golf Trips made our trip outstanding and full of wonderful memories. We immensely appreciated your hard work and attention to details. I look forward to speaking with you to discuss out 2017 Ireland Golf Trip.
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Masterfully designed, magnificently maintained, and perfectly set within the glorious estate of one of Europe’s most spectacular manor house hotels, The Golf Course at Adare Manor is ready to take its place among the best championship courses anywhere.
The Adare Manor reopened it's doors to guests this year after a lavish makeover of this unique property. Already a firm favourite with guests from all over the world, golfers are looking forward to the treat that lies in store when the redesigned course opens for play this Spring.
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