Just total, raw golf. Nothing is tricked up. If you like golf as it should be played - au naturel - then RCD is as good as it gets. It may not get the attention of the R&A for this reason, but, framed by the Mourne Mountains and the Irish Sea, it is by some distance the finest setting for a golf course I have ever seen. If you can tear yourself away from your own swing travails for a minute, take a moment to savour the ever-changing colours: the deep greens, purples and yellows. Sure, the purists might dislike the blind shots (and it is frustrating to not know exactly where you're going on any golf course), but the course plays surprisingly fairly despite them. My personal favourite holes: the brutally tough 3rd, the quirky 7th and the sublime 13th (the latter, in particular).
Date: August 26, 2008