The Irish Open returns to Royal County Down Golf Club after 76 years.

The Irish Open returns to Royal County Down Golf Club after 76 years.

28th – 31st May 2015 will see the Irish Open golf championship being hosted by Rory McIlroy and his charitable foundation for the first time.

Last year the 2014 Irish Open was one of the qualifying events for the British Open, the oldest of the four major championships in professional golf and the only major held outside the United States.

Royal County Down Golf Club will be the host course for the first time since 1939. The club previously hosted the competition three times before World War II.

The Irish Open enjoys one of the largest spectator galleries on the European Tour. In 2012 the Irish Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club had a record attendance of over 131,000 people over the six days.

Royal County Down is one of oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in Ireland. It was opened in 1889 and was given royal patronage in 1908 by Edward VII. It has two 18-hole links courses, the Irish Open will be held on its world famous Championship Course, its ninth hole is one of the most photographed holes in the world.

Rory McIlroy named Royal County Down as his favourite Golf Club in the world.

R.C.D.G.C is situated in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful settings within the Murlough Nature Reserve, against the backdrop of the magnificent Mourne Mountains.

While the course is stunningly beautiful with incredible sand dunes, regal purple heather and golden gorse it is also punishingly hard. With its world famous ‘bearded’ bunkers, fast domed greens and narrow ribbons of fairways which weave between those sand dunes. The mettle of any golfer will be put to the test.

The record of 66 was set on the course in 1936 by Ireland’s first golfing superstar, Jimmy Bruen. Will his record be beaten this year?  The world’s modern day golfing superstars and hordes of spectators descend on Newcastle, County Down to make this year’s Irish Open a championship to remember.

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