Founded in 1907, Scrabo Golf Club is situated high above Newtownards, overlooking Strangford Lough. Scrabo is a picturesque eighteen hole 6,227 yards par 71 golf course set in the beautiful County Down countryside.
The famous landmark Scrabo Tower overlooking the golf course was built as a memorial to the 3rd Marquis of Londonderry and commands impressive views over Newtownards town and the Northern part of Strangford Lough. Scrabo Country Park is open to the public and houses an historical and local environment exhibition.
On a clear day one can see the coast of Southern Scotland, Northern England and the Isle of Man.
Wherever you go there’s a certain expectation when you walk up to the 1st tee. You want to be amazed and thrilled.
Scrabo's 1st is awe-inspiring and terrifying. You get to see the entire hole rising above you and to fully appreciate the hole play from (or at least walk back to) the back tee. There are glorious views and your drive rifles up a hill flanked by razor-sharp gorse. At the top sits Scrabo Tower and the green. It’s Index 1 and it’s a brutal start that introduces you to one of the toughest inland challenges Ireland has to offer. Two mighty shots required...
“My favourite opening hole in Irish Golf.” Christy O’Connor Snr.