We played RCD twice last week. Truly spectacular course. Definitely one of the best courses we ever played, ahead of Portmarnock Old and County Louth which we also played last week and on par with Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and Turnberry. The sea views, the dunes and the gorse are beautiful and the golfing challenge is exceptional. If you want to be critical, you could point out the relative weakness of the last 3 or 4 holes which do not benefit from sea views or the higher dunes of the first 9 holes. Also, you have to say that this course is super difficult and you are unlikely to play to your handicap unless your driving is flawless. The greens were indeed not in great condition last week, as mentioned by another reviewer, but this was due to recent aerification so I would not reduce the rating on that basis. All in all a spectactular course in our view. Also, we stayed in the Slieve Donard Hotel right next to the course which was fantastic. Excellent spa facilities, nice rooms, great location next to the sea and the golf course. The combination of this hotel and golf course are very hard to beat. We extended our hotel stay by a night because we loved it so much. And check out the Quinn's Pub for evening entertainment.
Date: June 10, 2010