Royal County Down Golf Club

For any golfing fan, Cherryhill could not be better situated. Only a two minute drive from the first tee of one of the most prestigious golf courses in the world, Royal County Down. 

Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zigzagging back and forth to provide a different vista from virtually every hole.

It was recently ranked as the Number 1 Course outside USA by Golf Digest.


The narrowest ribbons of fairways thread their way through as impressive a set of sand dunes as could be imagined. The fairways are surrounded by purple heather and golden gorse, so beautiful to look at but so punishing for any who may stray from the prescribed path.

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.

 

The 4th and 9th holes are both universally admired. The 4th must be one of the most scenic long par threes in golf, described as follows by one commentator:"Innumerable gorse bushes, ten bunkers, three mountain peaks and one spire equal the most maginificient view in British golf." The 9th, a long par four, is perhaps one of the worlds most photographed holes. The line from the elevated tee is directly at the Slieve Donard Peak and the sweeping fairway lies eighty feet below - magnifique.

 

Sure, the course has a level of eccentricity, there are still a number of blind drives and some of the bunkers are fringed with coarse grass, which gathers the ball with alarming regularity, but this simply adds to the charm. If a measure of a great golf course is the number of holes that you can remember, then Royal County Down is one of the greatest courses of them all.


For more information on Royal County Down, and to request a tee time, please visit the website - http://www.royalcountydown.org/