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As one of the greatest golf experiences on earth this links has the design pedigree (Old Tom Morris and Harry Colt, chief among them), it has the stunning location set on Dundrum Bay and below the mighty Mourne Mountains, and it has an aura beyond words. A links this good, with so many blind shots and bearded bunkers, will always bewilder and enthrall.

Jack Nicklaus dislikes the many blind shots but this is how links were laid out in the early days. Dunes were left alone and holes were routed around and over them. Royal County Down embraces that willingly and the signature par three 4th is one of the most dramatic holes anywhere.