Real beauties are always somewhat difficult, even in the case of the Royal County Down Links Course, designed in 1889 by Old Tom Morris. This course is a true challenge. It lies at the feet of the majestic Mourne Mountains and is arguably the most natural of all the great links courses, admired by critics around the world. When the gorse blooms in the springtime, the golf course becomes a rustling sea of yellow. Players from around the world are drawn to Royal County Down by what is informally known amongst golfers as Down Syndrome, but they often end up spending most of their round hunting for the ball in amongst the yellow. Experts are agreed that the only other place in the world with so many holes in such a small space is a Swiss cheese.
The fifth-best golf course in the world (US Golf Magazine 2011) and best links course in the world was constructed in its original form in 1889. Par 71, 6249 yards (Ladies, par 76) to 7186 yards (Championship)
Design: Old Tom Morris
Difficulty level: Challenging
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