Ireland’s place on the world stage is on the rise. Not only do we hold claim to the world’s longest coastal route in the form of the Wild Atlantic Way, the top European attraction in the Guinness Storehouse, we are now home to the world’s number one golf course. Royal County Down has climbed to the top of the Golf Digest World Top 100.
The host of the 2015 Irish Open is critically acclaimed for its fantastic location and rugged terrain and the magazine goes as far as saying there is “no lovelier place in golf”.
"On a clear spring day, with Dundrum Bay to the east, the Mountains of Mourne to the south and gorse-covered dunes in golden bloom, there is no lovelier place in golf than our new No. 1 ...
"Though the greens are surprisingly flat, as if to compensate for the rugged terrain and numerous blind shots, bunkers are a definite highlight, most with arched eyebrows of dense marram grasses and impenetrable clumps of heather."
The northern Irish course wasn’t the only Irish representative on the list as it was joined by Portmarnock (25), the Dunluce course at Royal Portrush (27) and Lahinch (65) all making the cut.