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06 Jan 2016

Tourism Ireland welcomes news that Royal County Down is Number One in the world

Tourism Ireland has welcomed the news that Royal County Down has been voted the best golf course in the world in the prestigious Golf Digest magazine’s “The World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses”.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “It is a fantastic accolade for Royal County Down to be voted number one golf course in the world – beating other world-renowned courses such as Augusta National, venue for the US Masters, and Pine Valley, New Jersey. And I am delighted to see another local course, Royal Portrush, come in at number 27 on the same list. This wonderful endorsement presents Tourism Ireland with another invaluable opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland to golfers and prospective visitors around the world. We will be pulling out all the stops – in Great Britain, the US and in other important golf markets – to capitalise on the potential of this wonderful news. Not only do we have some of the best golfers in the world, we also have some of the best courses in the world too!”

Commenting on Royal County Down, Golf Digest magazine said: “On a clear spring day, with Dundrum Bay to the east, the mountains of Mourne to the south and gorse-covered dunes in golden bloom, there is no lovelier place in golf than our new No. 1.”

Tourism Ireland undertakes an extensive programme of promotions each year, to boost the number of golf holidaymakers to Northern Ireland. Key international golf journalists are regularly invited to visit, to experience our fantastic golf for themselves. Tourism Ireland also has a presence at various high profile golf events and tournaments across the world, profiling our world-class golf and encouraging people everywhere to consider a golf break or holiday in Northern Ireland.


Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 43,000 jobs.
  • In 2015, we welcomed about 1.9 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of about £454 million.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2015, attracted about 16.5 million visitors.


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