Visitor Information

Visitor Playing Days

We welcome visiting golfers on the Championship Links on:

Monday, Tuesday and Friday – morning and afternoon
Thursday – morning
Sunday – afternoon

Please make all bookings through the Secretary's Office.

All bookings are subject to our Booking Conditions.
 
Shipping Clubs.  Regrettably, we have no facility to receive and store clubs shipped in advance and will be unable to accept delivery of clubs

Green Fees

Championship Links

January and February 2017 -  £60 per round

March 2017 - £85 per round

April 2017 - £125 per round

May to October 2017

Weekday Mornings - £210 per round

Weekday Afternoons - £200 per round

Two rounds in one day - £320

Sunday Afternoons - £220 per round

Concessionary rates are available throughout the summer to golfers who are members of The GUI (Ulster Branch) and ILGU (Northern District). Contact the Secretary’s Office for details.

Annesley Links

January to March 2017  -  £30 per round

April 2017 to October 2017  -  £45 per round


Limited tee-times available.  Please contact the Secretary's Office for details.
 

Equipment Hire

The following are available from the Pro Shop. Please indicate your requirements when requesting a tee time.
 

Clubs

The Pro Shop has a wide selection of current models which are available for hire. Our professional, Kevan Whitson, will profile your hire set as closely as possible to your own clubs.
Cost per round: £40

Shoes

Shoe hire on request Cost per round: £5
 

Trolleys

Powakaddy electronic walk behind trolleys.

Cost per round: £15



Pull Carts, brand new fleet.

Cost per round: £5

 

Buggies

The terrain of the links is such that buggies are not permitted. Caddies are available - see below
 

Choice of Tees

The following options are available from May until mid October: 
 

Blue Tees 7186 yards.

The Blue Tees require carries of 250 yards.
Slope Rating 142

White Tees 6878 yards.

The White Tees require carries of  over 200 yards.
Slope Rating 131

Yellow Tees 6675 yards.

The Yellow Tees require carries of 175 yards.
Slope Rating 126

Green Tees 6249 yards.

The Green Tees are used by many senior golfers
Slope Rating 122
 

Red Tees 6249 yards.

Red Tees have been rated for women's qualifying competitions and general play.
Slope Rating 148

We hope that these options will enhance the playing experience of visitors. Please note that the Course Marshal has the authority to ask players to move to easier tees if their position on the links is not being maintained.
 

Caddies

Visiting golfers appreciate the services provided by caddies at Royal County Down Golf Club.  The Championship Links is challenging with several blind drives.  Our caddies are experienced and will add considerably to the enjoyment of your round, particularly for first time visitors. Advance requests for caddies are encouraged at the time of making a golf booking. Caddies are independent contractors, not in the employment of Royal County Down Golf Club and therefore we cannot guarantee caddie availability.  Please note the majority of our caddies are senior caddies and that is what the Caddie Master will provide for most visiting golfers. Our aim will be to provide one caddie for each player but at busy times when demand is high we may have to ask one caddie to carry two bags (£70).
 

Caddie Fees 2017:

Senior Caddie - £50
Standard Caddie - £35
Fore-Caddie (per group) - £60

(Note: A limited number of Trainee Caddies may be available in school holiday periods - £20)
Please note that all caddie fees must be paid in cash at the completion of the round directly to the caddie.
 

Caddies Roles

What can you expect from your caddie?

Senior Caddie

  • Courteous and Helpful

  • Genuinely interested in your golfing experience at Royal County Down

  • Will attend the flag as requested

  • Will repair divot marks

  • Will rake bunkers

  • Will keep your clubs clean and dry

  • Will do his best to mark balls hit off the fairway

  • Will give accurate distances to the front of the green

  • Will give lines when putting

  • Will have knowledge of the course and its history and matters of interest

  • Will advise on clubbing through the green

Standard Caddie

  • Courteous and Helpful

  • Genuinely interested in your golfing experience at Royal County Down

  • Will attend the flag as requested

  • Will repair divot marks

  • Will rake bunkers

  • Will keep your clubs clean and dry

  • Will do his best to mark balls hit off the fairway

  • Will give accurate distances to the front of the green

  • Will give lines when putting

Fore-Caddie

  • Will  provide accurate lines for tee shots

  • Will have knowledge of the course and its history and matters of interest

  • Will advise on clubbing through the green

  • Will give yardages and read putts for all players in group


Booking Conditions

Playing Groups

All visitors are asked to note that play on the Championship Links will be in 4 ball groups and any group booking less than 4 players should be aware that it is likely that they will be joined by other golfers to make the group up to 4 players.

Payment

Full payment of the Green Fee is required 30 days before the date of play.
For groups of 12 or more players a non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit of 25% will be required at the time of booking.
 

Refund Policy

In the event of cancellation by, or on behalf of the player, the prepaid amount will be refunded on request as follows:-

More than 30 days before the date of play - 100%
Less than 30 days before the date of play - 50%

Between 15 days and 2 days before the date of play - 25%
Less than 48 hours before the date of play - No refund

In the event of cancellation by the Club due to weather conditions or other circumstances, the prepaid amount will be refunded on request in full.

Caddies

Caddies are self-employed and although we will do our best to meet requests for caddies, we cannot guarantee availability
 

Bad Weather

When lightning or other dangerous conditions occurs, players will be asked to leave the links and take shelter.  Any visitors who fail to comply with such a request remain on the links at their own risk.
 

Tee Positions

The Tee Markers positions are reviewed each day by the Greenkeeping Staff taking into consideration of many factors including links maintenance and weather.
 

Speed of Play

The Course Marshal has the complete authority to ask players to move to easier tees in the event that the group’s position on the links is not maintained.
 

Dress Standards

Players are expected to wear an acceptable standard of dress. Please see Standard of Dress for Men or Standard of Dress for Ladies
 

Booking Enquiries

Please fill in the following form to request a booking on the Championship Links Golf Course.
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Dress Standards

For Men

Players are expected to wear an acceptable standard of golfing attire when playing the Championship Course or the Annesley Links.

The following examples are unacceptable at all times:

  • Denim Jeans and Jackets

  • Sleeveless or collarless shirts

  • Untailored shorts and cargo shorts

  • Sweaters without shirts

  • Garments displaying slogans

  • Track or Leisure Suits

Shirts hanging loose over trousers or shorts and trousers legs tucked into socks.

NOTE: Knee-length or sports socks should be worn with tailored shorts. In the interest of safety, golfers are advised to wear golf shoes.

For Women

Players are expected to wear an acceptable standard of golfing attire when playing the Championship Course or the Annesley Links.

The following examples are unacceptable at all times:

  • Blue Denim Jeans and Jackets

  • Tee Shirts without sleeves - unless with collar

  • Short shorts

  • Garments displaying slogans

  • Track Suits or Leisure Suits or Leggings

  • Trainer shoes or runners

NOTE: In the interest of safety, golfers are advised to wear golf shoes.

 

The Club reserves the right to refuse access to the Clubhouse or Course to anyone dressed inappropriately.


Clubhouse Facilities

Murlough Bar and Dining Room

After your round, why not enjoy a drink in the Murlough Room, which has views of the 18th green, the 10th tee and the Mountains of Mourne.  The bar and dining room offer visiting golfers the opportunity to relax in comfort after their round.  A menu which includes both light snacks and more substantial meals, all freshly prepared, is available throughout the day, as is the fully licensed bar.
 

Locker Rooms

Men’s and ladies’ locker rooms for visitors are equipped with individual lockers allowing for clothes and other items to be stored, and there are full shower, washroom and restroom facilities.We have excellent drying facilities.
 

Accommodation & Restaurants

There is a range of accommodation in the Newcastle area including hotels and Bed and Breakfasts. Go to http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/accomfinder/ to learn more.
 

Things To Do and See

Click to learn more: http://www.discovernorthernireland.com
 

Location

Royal County Down is situated to the north of the coastal resort of Newcastle, in the foothills of the Mountains of Mourne. The words and music ‘Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea’ written by Percy French in 1896 have made the Mournes the best known mountains in Ireland. An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Mourne Mountains are the most picturesque in Ireland and were the inspiration for C S Lewis’s  Chronicles of Narnia. In this compact range, 15 miles long and 8 miles wide, only a dozen of the sixty summits rise above 2,000ft., Slieve Donard, at 2,796 feet, being the highest peak in Ulster.
 

Climate

Newcastle enjoys  a ‘micro climate’ being much drier than is typical in Ireland.
 

Getting Here

Compare travel options to Ireland here. 
Newcastle is 30 miles south of Belfast via the A24 (approx 1 hour); 90 miles north of Dublin via the M1/N1/A1 to Newry and then via the A25 (approx 2 hours).