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#1 nwininger

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 09:09 PM

I'm going to be in Dublin next month and wondering how hard the drive is from Dublin to Royal County Downs.  I'm from the United States and have never driven on the left side of the road or on the right side of the car.  Advise?  Can I do it? What's your thoughts?  

Thanks in advance.


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 09:25 PM

View Postnwininger, on 11 February 2018 - 09:09 PM, said:

I'm going to be in Dublin next month and wondering how hard the drive is from Dublin to Royal County Downs.  I'm from the United States and have never driven on the left side of the road or on the right side of the car.  Advise?  Can I do it? What's your thoughts?  

Thanks in advance.

Super simple---quick drive on good roads....if possible get an automatic and it will be even simpler!!!  I made that drive 2x/month for 4 years to play!!  Enjoy....

Make sure you go to Great Jones in town after your round for the best fish chowder in Ireland and some good beer!

Edited by puttnforthe8, 11 February 2018 - 09:26 PM.


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:26 PM

The drive isn't too hard. FYI, It's County Down (no "s")

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:11 AM

It's good, don't drive fast and you won't have any problem

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:46 AM

Its as easy a drive as you could possibly get considering its Ireland.  Dublin airport is just off the M1 motorway which you take all the way to Newry and its not a bad road from there onward to RCD.  There is a toll bridge around 20 mins north of the airport which is €1.90 per car so remember to have some € in your pocket for that.  Also remember RCD is in the North so you will be spending £GBP and not €!

Enjoy it - I played there last May with my dad and a business associate and he invited a former winner on the European Tour who he sponsored to play with us, what a day.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 07:44 AM

I drove from Dublin to Portrush and than down to Royal County Down. Honestly it took a little while to get use to driving on the opposite side and the frequent round abouts that you encounter. After about the first 30 minutes I felt more comfortable but even after that it is a strange feeling. If you find yourself having issues just pull over and gather yourself. Not sure what your trip entails but we got to County Down early, walked the front 9 and than played 36 holes. Amazing course and along with Portrush and Pebble Beach the 3 best courses Iíve ever played. Enjoy!

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 04:45 PM

agree with all above...have driven there and in UK a lot...not hard. Here are my suggestions:

before you go, just mentally do some left side "driving". Kind of like visualizing a golf shot--you can do the same with driving!! I still do it today before I arrive!

I also do something there I NEVER do here, and I doubt many do there--get insurance to fully cover the car, and also the road hazard coverage. It is costly, but when I figure the cost of the whole trip, it is not that much more...and the fact that you are covered reduces a bunch of stress and improves my driving as a result! Just my two cents, but as I say, I doubt many would agree...


edit: not having the road hazard coverage was my one horrid experience. You will find some narrow roads somewhere on the trip and tend to go tight to the shoulder when passing another car. Managed to have a flat tire, and found out that without the roadside coverage, depending on the insurance company I'd guess, you can be ignored a bit. Try driving 30 miles on a doughnut spare, at a max speed 20-30 mph slower than the rest of the drivers, to the nearest help! Not fun I can tell you!!

Edited by stringbean502001, 15 February 2018 - 04:51 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 06:29 PM

View PostJackhammer993, on 14 February 2018 - 07:44 AM, said:

I drove from Dublin to Portrush and than down to Royal County Down. Honestly it took a little while to get use to driving on the opposite side and the frequent round abouts that you encounter. After about the first 30 minutes I felt more comfortable but even after that it is a strange feeling. If you find yourself having issues just pull over and gather yourself. Not sure what your trip entails but we got to County Down early, walked the front 9 and than played 36 holes. Amazing course and along with Portrush and Pebble Beach the 3 best courses Iíve ever played. Enjoy!

How do you rank Pebble, portrush & Royal County Down? I played Pebble & Bandon last year. Have tee times next month at portstewart, portrush & rcd!

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 06:45 PM

Easy drive as the posters above have said.

I've driven a lot in the US, my thought is to keep myself to the centre of the road, you sometimes get a bit disoriented in car parks or turning out of T junctions.

It's well worth the trip to RCD, stay at Slieve Donard and walk out the back door to the course. If you have the time County Louth (Baltray) is on the way.

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 06:50 PM

@BUCKEYE: I know not asking me directly and from previous threads we disagree somewhat on Bandon :) but...

Portrush | RCD
Bandon
Pebble | Trails | Old Mac
Pacific | Portstewart

You got your 'practice' in Oregon, so you'll be ready for the old school classics :)
That said, the biggest difference is driving (the ball not a car) as you cannot just blast it off the tee and not worry, like at Bandon.

@OP - It's largely motorway, with none of the A and B roads too terrible, just remember they are as afraid of you as you are of them... no wait, that's for wild animals.
Seriously though, just pay attention shifting 1-2 and 3-4, as just starting out and since you are shifting from the other side, it's easy to draw the shifter towards you and end up going 1-4 or 3-6 depending on the gearbox. Otherwise just be sensible and remember which way to look first and really pay attention at low speeds in car parks, that's the easiest place to forget where you are.

Edit: Great(?) minds think alike Malvern.

Edited by duffer987, 15 February 2018 - 07:02 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 07:16 PM

I just returned from Ireland and made the drive from Dublin down to the European Club to play which was about an hour. I had never driven on that side of the road and was hesitant as well.  After doing it, it really wasn't that bad at all and I ended up driving through Dublin during rush hour with no issues, just make sure you stay alert mentally during the turns as those are the most different than driving in the states. I did have an automatic so it was even easier yet. Have fun and play well!!!

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 06:51 AM

View PostBUCKEYERBALL88, on 15 February 2018 - 06:29 PM, said:

View PostJackhammer993, on 14 February 2018 - 07:44 AM, said:

I drove from Dublin to Portrush and than down to Royal County Down. Honestly it took a little while to get use to driving on the opposite side and the frequent round abouts that you encounter. After about the first 30 minutes I felt more comfortable but even after that it is a strange feeling. If you find yourself having issues just pull over and gather yourself. Not sure what your trip entails but we got to County Down early, walked the front 9 and than played 36 holes. Amazing course and along with Portrush and Pebble Beach the 3 best courses Iíve ever played. Enjoy!

How do you rank Pebble, portrush & Royal County Down? I played Pebble & Bandon last year. Have tee times next month at portstewart, portrush & rcd!


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Posted 16 February 2018 - 07:09 AM

I have played Brandon Duned and Pacific Dunes but not the other newer courses at Brandon. If Iwas ranking in order I would rank 1. Royal County Down
2. Pebble Beach
3  Royal Portrush
4. Pacific Dunes- Brandon
5. Brandon Dunes
The only other course Iíve played that I would even put in the class of these courses is Pasatiempo in Santa Cruz which I would rank 6.
As far as RCD and Portrush they are both amazing. At Portrush the first 3 holes are pretty basic but than it is amazing starting on hole 4. On RCD the front 9 is probably the best 9 holes of golf you will ever play. There are a few blind shots but itís a great setting. The back nine is also good with holes 11 and 12 being the highlight. You will have a great time. If you can manage 36 in a day I would try. Have fun.

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 07:16 AM

No knowledgeable visitor to America would say Shinnecock Hill so please dont say RC Downs - its Royal County Down. The County is called Down like County Meath etc. Listen to Van Morrison's song : The Star of the County Down.

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 09:47 AM

View PostChanceman, on 16 February 2018 - 07:16 AM, said:

No knowledgeable visitor to America would say Shinnecock Hill so please dont say RC Downs - its Royal County Down. The County is called Down like County Meath etc. Listen to Van Morrison's song : The Star of the County Down.
Seriously that's your contribution to this thread? Fantastic stuff.
Everyone knows where he is talking about, just like the repeated references to Brandon in the post above yours, don't confuse us.

Rather a spelling mistake than some thread asking a question better handled by actually calling RCD.


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Posted 16 February 2018 - 05:06 PM

Yeah my auto correct puts in Brandon when I type Bandon just noticed that...oops

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 05:21 PM

View PostJackhammer993, on 16 February 2018 - 05:06 PM, said:

Yeah my auto correct puts in Brandon when I type Bandon just noticed that...oops
Ya that auto bit'll getcha ;)
So did you actually play 36 on the day at RCD when you were there? That really would be cool, having the best lines fresh in your mind. We had decent caddies, but I'd definitely had picked a few different lines had we gone back out.

Edited by duffer987, 16 February 2018 - 05:21 PM.


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Posted 16 February 2018 - 05:52 PM

Yes. We got there early driving down from Portrush and than walked the front 9 when we got there and than played 36.  We played in the middle of June so lots of daylight.

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 06:33 PM

View PostJackhammer993, on 16 February 2018 - 05:52 PM, said:

Yes. We got there early driving down from Portrush and than walked the front 9 when we got there and than played 36.  We played in the middle of June so lots of daylight.

Gotcha, I got a bit confused by the walking 9 then 36, was thinking separate days. Poor reading and math on my part :)

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 03:39 PM

View PostBUCKEYERBALL88, on 15 February 2018 - 06:29 PM, said:

View PostJackhammer993, on 14 February 2018 - 07:44 AM, said:

I drove from Dublin to Portrush and than down to Royal County Down. Honestly it took a little while to get use to driving on the opposite side and the frequent round abouts that you encounter. After about the first 30 minutes I felt more comfortable but even after that it is a strange feeling. If you find yourself having issues just pull over and gather yourself. Not sure what your trip entails but we got to County Down early, walked the front 9 and than played 36 holes. Amazing course and along with Portrush and Pebble Beach the 3 best courses I've ever played. Enjoy!

How do you rank Pebble, portrush & Royal County Down? I played Pebble & Bandon last year. Have tee times next month at portstewart, portrush & rcd!

I played those 3 in NI. ranking them:
RCD
Daylight
Portrush
Portstewart.

Play 36 if you can at RCD, its epic. Portrush was good but to me not close to RCD. Portstewart OK, wouldn't go back there.

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