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Hole No. 18

A truly wonderful and extremely testing finishing hole, with many decisions to be made.

Heading for the Mourne Mountains and the comfort of the clubhouse, the player must negotiate 24 bunkers, heather-lined fairways and one of the severest greens on the course.

The tee shot is straightforward enough, but the fairway must be found to navigate the second part of this hole. The further you hit the second shot the narrower the fairway becomes.

For the approach shot anything from a 3 iron to a pitching wedge may be required, taking great care not to overshoot a very fast green which slopes down from back to front. The safe shot is once again to the front edge, leaving an uphill putt, but miss the green left or right at your peril as pitches from either side of it are amongst the toughest on the course.
 
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Championship: 550 yards
Medal: 550 yards
Stableford: 530 yards
Ladies: 490 yards
Men’s Par: 5
Ladies Par: 5
Men’s Stroke Index: 6
Ladies Stroke Index: 10

The Royal County Down Golf Club Hole 18