Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Course
Royal Portrush Golf Club is home to one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world, the Dunluce Links. The only club in Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship, Royal Portrush is a members’ club which welcomes visitors all year round to face the challenges of its courses and to brave the testing conditions.
The Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club ranks amongst the world’s greatest courses. Voted Number 12 in the world by Golf Magazine, it is a masterpiece of golf course architecture. Unimaginable rough and testing greens combined with the unpredictable weather of the roaring North Atlantic make this course an admirable test for even the most seasoned golf aficionado.
Harry Colt, universally acknowledged as one of golf’s greatest course architects, used the natural contours and dunes of the links land at Portrush to create a legacy which attracts golfers from all across the globe. As the writer Bernard Darwin said, ‘Mr HS Colt…has thereby built himself a monument more enduring than brass’. The 7,143 yards Par 72 course is routed through rugged links land, and constantly changes in both direction and elevation, whilst all the time providing some of the most awe-inspiring scenery to be found in Ireland.
The Dunluce Links is home to one of the most stunning par fours in golf, the 411 yard 5th hole. A dogleg hole played from an elevated tee towards the ocean, it rewards the daring shot across a wide expanse of rough. Be careful though, as an overly long approach shot will end up on the sand of the White Rocks beach which lies just beyond the rear of the green. Make sure and take a moment to enjoy the stunning views from the green towards the 13th Century Dunluce Castle and the surfers braving the swells below.
Calamity Corner, the 210 yard par 3 14th Hole is a must play for any follower of the game. Between the tee and the green is a yawning chasm, which must be cleared to stand any chance of making your three. It is hard to describe the feeling as you stand on this tee, looking out across the Valley links below, knowing it will take a fantastic shot to hit the small target across the void. Dunluce Links, perhaps the greatest of all the links courses?
Royal Portrush Golf Club is delighted to have amongst its members Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell. All are world class champions and Ryder Cup stars. Rory McIlroy hold the club record. A recent addition to the clubhouse was the unvailing of a new trophy cabinet in honour of Darren Clarke, Open Champion 2011, which was unvailed during the 125th Anniversary celebration weekend. The club hosted the Irish Open in 2012 with a sell out crowd where Jamie Donaldson became champion.
- Portstewart (Old)
- Portstewart (Riverside)
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- Royal Portrush (Valley)