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Royal County Down Golf Club

Royal County Down and Royal Portrush in world's top10 golf courses

23 July

Golf in Northern Ireland has received another boost with two courses being voted in the top 10 of "the World's Top 100 Courses You Can Play", by Golf World magazine.

Number one on the magazine's list was Royal County Down, in the seaside town of Newcastle.

That puts it above some of golf's most famous courses including Bandon Dunes and Pebble Beach in the US; Scotland's Turnberry; and Open venue Royal Lytham and St Anne's.

Also coming in the top 10 was this year's Irish Open venue Royal Portrush, which was seventh on the list.

Golf in Northern Ireland has experienced an unprecedented high recently after major victories for Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke.

At the end of June and start of July, more than 100,000 spectators turned up to watch the Irish Open at Royal Portrush.

It was the first time the tournament had been staged in Northern Ireland for more than 50 years.

It was beamed into 350 million households across the world.

Royal County Down was previously voted the top course outside America by US magazine Golf Digest.

Find out more about Golf in Northern Ireland.

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Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portrush

Founded in 1888, the legendary Royal Portrush Golf Club has two Championship Courses - the renowned Dunluce Course and the smaller, but equally enjoyable Valley Course.

Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle

Royal County Down is located in one of the world's most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificant backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne.

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