Royal County Down Golf Club

Originally Published: September 25, 2004
Golf Digest

Royal County Down
Royal County Down is arguably the toughest British course to have never held an Open.

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Royal County Down Golf Club
Newcastle, Down, Ireland BT33 0AN

One of the finest courses in the British Isles, Royal County Down in Northern Ireland was founded in 1889, designed by Old Tom Morris and reworked by Harry Vardon. King Edward VII bestowed the title of "Royal" on this 6,995-yard layout in 1908.

The club, located an hour north of Dublin on the eastern coast of Ireland, features two 18-hole courses, including a championship layout that plays 6,968 yards. Along with Royal Dornoch in northern Scotland, Royal County Down is arguably the toughest course never to have hosted the British Open. Michael Bonallack won his third British Amateur in succession here in 1970.