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Voted Number 8 in the World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses, Golf Digest (2019).
Founded in 1888, the legendary Royal Portrush Golf Club has two Championship Courses – the renowned Dunluce Course and the smaller but equally enjoyable Valley Course. Both command impressive views across the North Atlantic with breathtaking views of Scotland and Donegal but the golf is even more spectacular.
The Dunluce Course, re-designed in 1947 by Mr H.S. Colt and later in 1951, became host to the first ever Open Championship held in Ireland. During the entire tournament only two golfers managed to break 70. It’s easy to see why; the greens are scattered among huge sand dunes gently raised above the Antrim Coast providing vistas of sea, cliffs and islands. But no matter how appealing the view, attention must be paid to your game as Portrush can challenge even the most experienced of golfers. 2019 saw a monumental year for golf in Northern Ireland with the return of The Open to Northern Ireland for only the second time in histroy. The Open quickly became the fastest-selling event in the Championship’s history, and with over 237,000 spectators it broke more records as the best-attended Open outside of St Andrew’s, the home of golf. It was broadcast to over 600 million homes, with over 5400 hours of global television.Over half of the spectators came from outside of Northern Ireland. It truly put Northern Ireland Made for Golf on the map as well as Royal Portrush Golf Club.
Ahead of The 148th Open architect Martin Ebert added new seventh and eighth holes, fashioned from land on the club’s Valley Course, to replace its 17th and 18th holes. That means Calamity is now the 16th instead of the 14th as it was previously, and the old par-4 16th is
now the closing hole. However, Ebert did retain Colt’s famous greens, considered some of the best putting surfaces in the world.Portrush’s most celebrated holes are the fifth hole and the fourteenth. The fifth, ‘White Rock’ is one of the most exhilarating two–shots in golf. Over hit the second shot, and your ball disappears into the Atlantic! The aptly named, ‘Calamity’ requires total precision to carry the ball over an enormous ravine. Mis-hit this one and you could be taking your next swing from at least fifty feet below the hole. Is it any wonder that Golf World magazine regularly rates Portrush in the world’s top twenty golf courses?
What the experts say: “The course winds its way back inland, twisting and undulating, until it comes to a heart stopping pause at Calamity Corner. This hole, the hardest par 3 I’ve ever seen, plays 210 yards, uphill and into the wind to a green on the side of a cliff. I retired to the upstairs bar and began the slow process of returning to our accustomed selves – the ones who play the ordinary, earthbound kind of golf.” Charles McGrath, New York Times.
Two links courses: (1) Dunluce (2) Valley Course professional: Yes
Best days to play:
Dunluce:- Monday 14:00 Tuesday & Thursday 09:40 - 11:50 and 14:00 onwards Wednesday & Friday 09:40 - 11:50 and 14:00 onwards Valley:- Tee times available all week. Saturday & Sunday 14:00 onwards.
Dunluce 72 Valley 70
Length in yards:
Dunluce 7317, Valley 6054
Par of course:
Dunluce 72, Valley 70.
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- 18 holes
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- Caddies available
- Club Hire
- Dress code
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- Links course
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- Putting Green
- Trollies available
- Restaurant on site
- Tuition Available
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