Royal County Down

Golf Club

Newcastle, Northern Ireland

There is not a better setting in golf, and few better courses.


The first time I ever saw the Grand Canyon in person, I was speechless. Of course I’d seen it in images hundreds of times, but pictures can only convey so much. When you step out and see it in person, stretching to infinity, it just something else –– something deeply special. The same is true with Royal County Down. As beautiful as photos look, in person it’s just unreal, out of this world. There may not be a more beautiful spot in this world where you can play golf. And – incredibly – the course is as good as the setting is beautiful. Hard, yes, but also good. This is one of the top handful of golf courses in the world for a reason.

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Course Photos

Course Layout

Course Flyover

What To Know

Yardage & Tees

When to Play

Royal County Down is open year round, weather permitting

February through July are the driest months (although only marginally so), while the warmest temperatures can be found May through October.  April through September is a fine time to play, with May-July being your best bet. 



Greens Fees


Greens Fees

January £90
February £90
March £100
April £150
May £240 weekday morning / £230 weekday afternoon / £250 Sunday afternoon
June £240 weekday morning / £230 weekday afternoon / £250 Sunday afternoon
July £240 weekday morning / £230 weekday afternoon / £250 Sunday afternoon
August £240 weekday morning / £230 weekday afternoon / £250 Sunday afternoon
September £240 weekday morning / £230 weekday afternoon / £250 Sunday afternoon
October £240 weekday morning / £230 weekday afternoon / £250 Sunday afternoon
November £90
December £90

Greens fees last verified September 2019. View them on

Visitor Tee Times
Visitors may play Royal County Down during the following times:

Monday: Morning and afternoon

Tuesday: Morning and afternoon

Wednesday: not available

Thursday: morning

Friday: Morning and afternoon

Saturday: not available

Sunday: afternoon

Book a tee time.

Rentals & Caddies

Caddies are £60 for a senior caddy and £40 for a standard. Forecaddies are £80 per group. It is recommended you reserve a caddie in advance.

Pull carts are available for £5.

GPA electric pull carts are £20.

Golf carts are not allowed.

Practice Facilities

Royal County Down has putting greens.

Other Things To Know

Course Website

Year Built: 1889

Architects: Old Tom Morris (1890), H.S. Colt (1925)

Flyover: See a flyover tour here.

Dress Code: See Royal County Down’s dress code here.