Royal County Down Golf & Slieve Donard Resort
Ireland, Ulster, Down, Newcastle

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The Resort
The Resort

The Resort

Hardly a few years younger than its illustrious neighbour, Royal County Down Golf Club, and named after Mourne's highest peak, Slieve Donard Resort & Spa commands a magnificent location overlooking the shores of Dundrum Bay and the links at Royal County Down, with the dramatic background of the Mourne Mountains. Standing proudly between beach and links, this impressive Victorian grand hotel has been providing the best of Irish hospitality since 1897.

One of Ireland's "Big Four", Royal County Down is one of the world's finest links. "Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea" in the words of poet Percy French, Royal County Down enjoys a captivating scenery and stage-like setting as it stretches out along the shore of Dundrum Bay. This strip of dunes was actually golf terrain well before golf was even invented and only minor adjustments were needed by Old Tom Morris from St. Andrews to design the original nine in 1889.

Slieve Donard belongs to Hastings Hotels, and  Hastings Hotels share your passion for the game. Hastings Hotels boast six of Northern Ireland’s finest hotels, each with their own unique characteristics, can offer you a refuge from the rough, a barstool to recount your glories or a bed to relax weary muscles. With several first class golf courses in close proximity, Hastings Hotels will help you combine great golf with great hospitality in order to make your golfing holiday in Northern Ireland truly memorable.

Slieve Donard Resort
Slieve Donard Resort

Slieve Donard Resort

Hardly a few years younger than its illustrious neighbour, Royal County Down Golf Club, and named after Mourne's highest peak, Slieve Donard Resort & Spa commands a magnificent location overlooking the shores of Dundrum Bay and the links at Royal County Down, with the dramatic background of the Mourne Mountains. Standing proudly between beach and links, this impressive Victorian grand hotel has been providing the best of Irish hospitality since 1897.

Recently completely upgraded to modern standards, Slieve Donard's accommodation comprises nearly two hundred rooms and suites, all lavishly appointed and with magnificent views over the Irish Sea, Mourne Mountains and Royal County Down. The hotel's main dining venue, the Oak Restaurant, offers an excellent Irish sea and market cuisine, served in a grand dining room with wood panelling and central fireplace. The Percy French Inn is a pub-style casual venue with fireplace named after the turn of the century Irish poet Percy French.

The Spa at Slieve Donard spreads over two floors with stunning views across the Irish Sea and the Mourne Mountains. This state-of-the-art facility incorporates a lap pool, vitality pool, steam room, sauna, high tech fitness studio and Zen studio. Slieve Donard enjoys direct access to Newcastle's five mile long sandy beach and lies a short iron from Royal County Down. 

Accommodation

AA/RAC 4 star deluxe seaside resort • Inaugurated 1897 - Fully renovated 2012

182 Rooms & Suites • All rooms with electronic door lock, double glazing and complete bathroom facilities •  DDL phone, voicemail, high speed internet access and satellite TV • Tea/Coffee makers, hairdryer and ipod docking station.

Amenities

24 hour Room service • Laundry/Valet service • Concierge • Transfer services • Car park

Business

11 Flexible conference and banqueting suites • Grand Ballroom (up to 850 pax) • The Centenary Conference Centre: 5 purpose designed executive meeting rooms

Dining

The Oak Restaurant (Grand dining room, oak panelling and fireplace) • Chaplin's Bar • The Lighthouse Lounge (Healthy cuisine and afternoon tea) • The Percy French Inn (Pub-style bistro with fireplace)

SPA

20 m. Swimming Pool and Vitality Pool • Amethyst Steam Room, Rock Sauna and Drench Showers • Hitech Fitness Studio • Zen Studio (Yoga and Tai Chi) • Horizon Juice Bar

Royal County Down Golf Club
Royal County Down Golf Club

Royal County Down Golf Club

• Championship Course

Old Tom Morris (1889) + George Comb, Harry Vardon & Seymour Dunn

18 holes - 7,065 yds - Par 72 - SSS 74

One of Ireland's "Big Four", Royal County Down is one of the world's finest links. "Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea" in the words of poet Percy French, Royal County Down enjoys a captivating scenery and stage-like setting as it stretches out along the shore of Dundrum Bay. This strip of dunes was actually golf terrain well before golf was even invented and only minor adjustments were needed by Old Tom Morris from St. Andrews to design the original nine in 1889.

Thereafter, development of the course was undertaken by club members and the course evolved rapidly in its first 25 years, with input by Harry Vardon and Seymour Dunn, to become The Championship Course of today. Royal County Down is most challenging, with great swathes of heather and gorse lining the fairways that tumble between huge sand hills.

• Annesley Course

Redesigned by  Donald Steel (1990's) 18 holes - 4,708 yds - Par 66 - SSS 63

Fully remodelled by Donald Steel in the 1990's, The Annesley Course was laid out beneath the same massive, sometimes almost spellbinding duneland backdrop. Nowhere near as intimidating or as formidable a challenge as The Championship, the Annesley is a layout for everyone and a perfect warm up before tackling its illustrious sister course.

Waking courses + Caddies available

Clubhouse, Proshop and resident Pro

 


Ulster Golf

Ulster Golf

• Ardglass Golf Club (14 mi.)

Founded 1896 - David Jones (18) Seaside

Situated on the south-east coast of County Down, Ardglass is unquestionable one of the most spectacular courses in Ireland. It's these stunning views which contribute to making many of the holes memorable. But beware - pay too much attention to the scenery and you'll suffer an over par score from this demanding course.

• Kilkeel Golf Club (15 mi.)

Founded 1924 - Eddie Hackett (18) Parkland

Situated at the very foot of the world famous Mourne Mountains this course offers tree lined fairways and open parkland pcituresque layout. 

• Warrenpoint Golf Club (25 mi.)

Founded 1893 - Tom Craddock & Pat Ruddy (18) Parkland

Warrenpoint Golf Club is an 18-Hole Parkland Course, situated in the Heart of County Down. It is renowned for its natural beauty, surrounded by the Mourne Mountains on one side and Carlingford Lough on the other.The Championship Course which measures over 6000 yards in length, is ranked as one of the top Parkland Courses in Northern Ireland. The course was host to the 2003 BT Ladies Open Golf Championship won by Sophie Gustafson

• Royal Belfast Golf Club (40 mi.)

Founded 1881 - Harry S. Colt & W.A. Murray (18) Parkland

As Ireland's oldest golf club the Royal Belfast has inspired the phenomenal growth and popularity of golf across Ireland, setting the standards for courses and players. Royal status followed in 1885 when the Prince of Wales was invited to become patron during a visit to Ireland.

• Royal Portrush Golf Club (95 mi.)

Founded 1888 - Harry S. Colt (36) Links

Rated third in the world by Golf Digest Magazine, Royal Portrush is renowned for its superb turf, great playing qualities and magnificent setting on the spectacular Antrim Coast. This course is a must-play stopover for many professionals eager to experience one of the toughest golf challenges there is and has previously been host to the British Open. Like a bit of history with your golf? To say Royal Portrush is steeped in heritage is an understatement. The course is overlooked by the dramatic ruins of 13th Century Dunluce Castle perched precariously on an isolated crag jutting from the sea. The famous links course itself has quite a colourful history, and can boast more than a few firsts. Founded in 1888, King Edward VII became patron and granted the course Royal status in 1893.

Co. Down

Co. Down

Formerly known as Downshire, County Down (named after its county town, Downpatrick) is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland. The county covers an area of 2,448 km², with a population of about 500,000. It is also one of the thirty-two traditional counties of Ireland, lying within the province of Ulster, part of the United Kingdom.

Northern Ireland is a country of beauty and variety; and no part of it combines so much of each in so neat and compact an area as the heart of Down. The world knows that 'the Mountains o' Mourne sweep down to the sea' - at Newcastle. The sea itself invades the land, forming the great bird sanctuary and yachting paradise of Strangford Lough. St Patrick sailed into the lough in A.D. 432 and eventually died - at Downpatrick. The Ards Peninsula with it's rolling drumlins and protected coves forms a shelter for the waters of Strangford Lough.

Patrick Bronte, whose three daughters became great novelists, inspired them by tales of his youth in the Bann Valley. The quiet river valley from Banbridge to Rathfriland is nowadays called The Bronte Country.

Sightseeing

Newcastle  lively seaside resort & beach (5 mi. long) • Mourne Mountains, Tollymore Forest Park & Silent Valley Reservoir • Mount Pleasant Horse Riding & Trekking Centre •  Castlewellan Country Park & Murlough Bay Nature Preserve • Downpatrick Cathedral, St. Patrick's Grave & Visitor Centre (a World Christian Heritage Site) • Castle Ward & Rowallane Gardens (National Trust)

Address & Contact

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

Downs Road

Newcastle

County Down BT33 0AH

Northern Ireland (UK)

Tel: +44 (28) 4372 1066

Fax: +44 (28) 4372 4830

 

Royal County Down Golf Club

www.royalcountydown.org

 

Location

Ulster, Northern Island. 30 mi. S of Belfast + 90 mi. N of Dublin 

Airports

Belfast International Airport (BFS), 40 mi. 

Dublin International Airport (DUB), 90 mi.

Season

All year (Hotel & Golf)

Climate

Mid Northern Atlantic, influenced by the Gulf Stream. Mild winters, cool summers