Royal Portrush Golf Club
Royal Portrush Golf Club is a legendary golfing institution that has been a cornerstone of the game since its founding in 1888. With two championship courses, the renowned Dunluce Course and the equally enjoyable Valley Course, Royal Portrush Golf Club has become a bucket list destination for golfers around the world.
The Dunluce Course, redesigned in 1947 by the famed H.S. Colt, is a masterpiece of golf course design and has hosted numerous prestigious events, including the first ever Open Championship held in Ireland in 1951. The course commands stunning views of the North Atlantic, with breathtaking vistas of Scotland and Donegal visible from many holes.
The greens are scattered among huge sand dunes gently raised above the Antrim Coast, providing a truly unique and challenging golfing experience. It's easy to see why only two golfers managed to break 70 during the entire Open Championship tournament.
One of the most celebrated holes on the Dunluce Course is the fifth, also known as "White Rock," which is one of the most exhilarating two-shots in golf. The aptly named "Calamity" requires total precision to carry the ball over an enormous ravine, and mis-hitting this one could result in taking your next swing from at least fifty feet below the hole.
In 2019, 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 ahead of The 148th Open. 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.
Royal Portrush Golf Club has been recognized as one of the world's finest golf courses, voted Number 8 in the World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses by Golf Digest in 2019 and 2020. It's no surprise that Golf World magazine regularly rates Portrush in the world's top twenty golf courses.
With a course professional on hand, visitors can receive expert guidance to improve their game. However, it's worth noting that a handicap/certificate is required to play, so be sure to come prepared. The best days to play the Dunluce Course are Monday at 14:00, Tuesday and Thursday at 09:40 - 11:50 and 14:00 onwards, and Wednesday and Friday at 09:40 - 11:50 and 14:00 onwards. The Valley Course is available for tee times all week, with Saturday and Sunday starting at 14:00 onwards.
If you're a golfer looking for a truly unforgettable experience, Royal Portrush Golf Club is a must-visit destination. The combination of natural beauty, challenging play, and rich history make it a true gem of the golfing world.