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Royal County Down voted World’s No. 1 course!


Not only is Northern Ireland home to some of the world's top golfers – but it now has the best golf course in the world!

Northern Ireland's Royal County Down golf course has been voted the best golf course in the world by US magazine Golf Digest. The Newcastle course, described as a ‘surprising though deserving new No.1’ knocked New Jersey’s Pine Valley off the top spot this year. It’s thought that Royal County Down’s coastal location and scenic beauty are what made it the favourite with the 1,800 golf course evaluation panelists who participated in the poll. 

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, added: “It is a fantastic accolade for Royal County Down to be voted number one golf course in the world. This wonderful endorsement presents Tourism Ireland with another invaluable opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland to golfers and prospective visitors around the world.”

Come and see what the world is talking about! Experience for yourself the pristine natural beauty of Northern Ireland’s magnificent Mourne Mountains, and play an exhilarating round of golf you won’t forget! Bespoke Northern Ireland has a host of experience of managing golf clients from around the world, and would be delighted to work with your group. We can provide additional itineraries and activities for non-golfing travelling partners too. 

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