Newcastle Looking Good for Irish Open

View images from the South Down town at the foot of the Mourne Mountains as Royal County Down welcomes the global golfing elite

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open golf championship tees off on May 27, with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, America's Rickie Fowler and host of other elite level golfers competing for Open glory.

In the run up to the tournament, the seaside town of Newcastle, County Down – home of the famed Royal County Down golf course on which the Open will be played out – has been spruced up to welcome the incoming hordes of golfers, media, A-list fans and tourists coming from all over the world.

Check out these images from Culture NI users and the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council for a flavour of what's to come over the weekend and browse the week-long programme of Fringe Festival events running alongside the Open here.

Newcastle, 2015 Irish Open

Newcastle, 2015 Irish Open

Newcastle, 2015 Irish Open

Newcastle, 2015 Irish Open

Castlewellan, 2015 Irish Open

Newcastle, 2015 Irish Open

Newcastle, 2015 Irish Open