Royal County
Down Golf Club
Jewel In World Golf Gets Make Over
Royal County Down Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland and ranks as one of the world’s finest links courses the spectacular location of the Club in Newcastle is on the coast, with the Mourne Mountains as a backdrop. When the Royal and Ancient Golf Club announced that the 2007 Walker Cup Matches between Great Britain and Ireland and the U.S.A. would be played there in September 2007, the club decided that their plans for the existing premises to be extended and upgraded would have to be implemented. It was decided that new visitor facilities for both Male and Female would be provided, and the existing Historic Listed Member’s clubhouse would be totally refurbished inside and out. Hobart & Heron were tasked with carrying out the external remodelling to improve the visual look of the building in the context of its magnificent setting, and to tie together the various extensions that had taken place over the previous 20 years. The phasing of the project over a 15-month period ensured all the wishes for minimal disruption to the members was achieved. The design approach taken by Hobart & Heron for the new visitors wing was to locate the golf professional shop, and ancillary facilities at either side of the main visitors entrance. Changing facilities for ladies are also located on the ground floor, with visiting gentlemen’s changing located at first floor level. On the upper first floor level large areas of glazing were provided in lounge and bar areas to ensure views out over the external landscape were maximised. The bar and dining areas are provided in both members and visitors areas at 1st floor level, where acoustic partitions are used to give greater flexibility for use when major national and international golf competitions and functions are being hosted at Royal County Down. The walls in these areas are peppered with photographs of the world’s greatest golfers being challenged by this famous golf course.