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Royal County Down (Annesley)


The Annesley Links at Royal County Down shares the same magnificent setting as the Championship Links and is full of character. Although much shorter than the Championship Links, it is still a very testing course, with magnificent views of sea, mountains and duneland.

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.

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

Quick Info

  • 18 holes
  • Members club