Heart of Down Golf Tournament

11 August - 16 August
The 2014 Heart of Down Golf Tournament works in a similar way to its sister event, the Coasts of Down Links Challenge that is held in April, earlier in the year.

The Heart of Down Golf Tournament is played over 3 days. Days one and two will be played at Ardglass Golf Club and Downpatrick Golf Club with Spa Golf Club still available to be played for a practice round (one course will be taking a year out every three years on rotation). The tournament days will be Wednesday and Thursday with Friday being the 'Heart of Down Day' at Royal County Down Golf Club.

The Heart of Down Golf Tournament will be played over the first two days, with Friday at Royal County Down Golf Club being a separate event. The top 148 placed players from the Heart of Down Tournament will qualify for the Royal County Down Championship Links and the remainder having the opportunity to play Royal County Down Annesley Links.

•Ardglass Golf Club
Ardglass Golf Club with its championship standard greens is always in excellent condition. Located on the beautiful County Down coast, Ardglass is links golf as it should be. With views of the rugged and beautiful coast line from every hole and the majesty of the Mourne Mountains providing the perfect back-drop, Ardglass has a true claim to be rated amongst the world’s greatest links courses.

The Course begins with no less then six spectacular holes laid out atop the cliffs directly over-looking the sea - raw, rocky and dramatic. Ardglass Golf Club is often referred to as Northern Ireland's very own 'Pebble Beach'.

•Downpatrick Golf Club
Downpatrick Golf Club is well known for extending a warm welcome to its visitors who come from near and far. With considerable re-designing and a new 18th hole, Downpatrick can now take its place among the best courses in the country. There are some classic Par 4’s which require long straight hitting, while the Par 3 eleventh, guarded by water ranks with the best short holes in Ireland.

•Spa Golf Club - (not being played as part of the Tournament, but still available as a practice round)

Spa Golf Club is sited on rolling countryside nestled amid the famous Co. Down Drumlins. It is greatly admired as a highly competitive 6,531 yard, par 72 course and has the potential to become one of the finest tests of golf in the country. Feature holes on the course will test the skill of the most hardened veteran. Spa is, however, quite a relaxing venue with panoramic views from the 17th tee of the Mourne Mountains and also an abundance of resident wildlife.

•Royal County Down Golf Club (Championship Links)
Royal County Down is quite simply one of the best courses in the world. Its virtues have been extolled by many great player including Tom Watson, Gary Player and Christie O’Connor. Set in idyllic surroundings at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, the course caves its way through majestic gorse covered sand dunes. Anyone with a love of golf should play Royal County Down Championship Links at least once in their lifetime.

•Royal County Down Golf Club (Annesley Links)
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.
NB. As we do not have exact location information, this is a map of the local area.

Opening times:

See website for details


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Date Info:

Tuesday 12th August - Practice Round
Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th August
HoD Tournament
Friday 15th August
Heart of Down Day' at Royal County Down
The Practice round can be taken at Ardglass Golf Club, Spa Golf Club or Downpatrick Golf Club. A small charge will be taken from the club you choose. Prior booking of tee times are essential.Tournament Conditions:

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newcastle Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Ardglass Golf Club
Downpatrick Golf Club
Royal Co Down Golf Club
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