Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zigzagging back and forth to provide a different vista from virtually every hole.
The narrowest ribbons of fairways thread their way through as impressive a set of sand dunes as could be imagined. The fairways are surrounded by purple heather and golden gorse, so beautiful to look at but so punishing for any who may stray from the prescribed path.
The ‘bearded’ bunkers are world famous and feature overhanging lips of marram, red fescue and heather. The greens are fast and many are domed, rejecting any shot lacking conviction. This is a true test of any player’s command of the traditional bump and run, the preferred way to play any links.
The ninth hole is one of the most photographed holes in world golf. A 486 yard par 4, it is played from one side of a huge mound down to a fairway some 60 ft below and 260 yards from the tee. From the bottom of the slope the second shot is played over two bunkers to a raised green.
The finest of all links courses, it offers a stern challenge from the championship tees. The record is 66 set by Ireland’s first golfing superstar, Jimmy Bruen, in 1939.
From the stableford tees it offers golfers of all standards the opportunity of playing a truly great course with dramatic panorama of the surrounding mountains and coastline.
- Magnificient scenery
- One of the top courses in Northern Ireland
- 45 minutes drive from Belfast
Royal County Down
Named Best Irish Hotel at the prestigious Travel Media Awards, 2012 the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is the perfect spot for some well earned pampering and play.
Nestling at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne, this magnificent hotel stands in six acres of immaculate private grounds. A golden strand of beach borders one side while the mighty Royal County Down golf links frames the other.
This lovingly maintained Victorian hotel is now home to one of Europe’s finest resort Spas and is equally suited to a short break, residential conference or even grander events. And although you may never want to venture away from our sumptuous luxury and exquisite surroundings, we can arrange golf, fishing, horse riding and trekking to tempt you out into the refreshing County Down air.
Picture it, you wake up after a wonderful night’s sleep, you draw the curtains
and immediately breathe in the most magnificent views. Many of our178 rooms,
including 6 luxury suites, offer picture postcard vistas across our landscaped grounds,
Royal County Down golf course, the spectacular Mourne mountains or coastline.
The inside of your hotel room is also a sight to behold. ‘Traditionally tasteful’ is
how we like to describe our recently refurbished and luxurious rooms. Comfortable
and Inviting, relax on our King Coil beds amongst the fluffiest duvets we could find
and drift away.
All rooms are non smoking and have the following amentiies:-
Tea / Coffee Facilities
110/220 Volt Adapters
Internet Access, WIFI via BT Openzone *
Bath with Shower
Ipod docking station
Iron and ironing board
*Please note there is an additional charge for WIFI in the bedrooms. Free WIFI
access is available in the lounge and public areas of the Hotel.
FINE OR INFORMAL, DINE IN STYLE
From the sophisticated sumptuousness of the Oak Restaurant to the Lighthouse Lounge
serving fresh and healthy goodies like smoothies, salads and sandwiches by the spa to
a perfect pint by the fireside in the Percy French, your appetite and expectations will be
well and truly satisfied at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa.
- Best links courses in Ireland
- Fantastic Spa
- Seaside location, perfect for walks