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Best Golf Courses in the World

Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Royal County Down 600

First opened in 1889, Royal County Down Golf Club is one of the oldest in Ireland, with its Championship Course considered one of Europe’s very finest.

Located at the base of the majestic Mourne Mountains, the views here are second-to-none, with a challenging layout that features dramatic bunkers, tricky corners and windswept dunes.

The course, also open to the public, has plenty of famous fans, from Rory McIlroy to former US pro Tom Watson, who is reported to have said that the first nine holes are “the best he has ever played”.