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Irish Amateur Open to be held at Royal County Down

Ireland’s oldest championship moves North in 2017

The Irish Amateur Open Championship will have a new home next year. After a 10-year run at Royal Dublin, the oldest Championship in Irish Amateur golf moves north to Royal County Down in 2017.

The world famous Newcastle links ranked Number 1 by Golf Digest Ireland has been the venue for the Irish Amateur Open in the past but this is the first occasion in modern times that RCD will be host.

Since the Irish Amateur Open was revived in the mid-1990s, Royal Dublin has become synonymous with the Championship and has witnessed a litany of great champions such as Portmarnock’s Noel Fox - a two-time winner - South African Louis Oosthuizen and The Island’s Gavin Moynihan, who captured his second title in 2015.

Widely regarded as the finest golf course in the world, Ireland’s premier Championship will return to Royal County Down after a 58-year gap. Jimmy Bruen (1938) and Cecil Ewing (1948) are among the list of players who have won Ireland’s blue-riband amateur championship at RCD.

Last year, Royal County Down hosted the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and it staged the Walker Cup matches in 2007.


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