Royal Portrush Golf Club
Royal Portrush Golf Club Review
With its profile raised after hosting the British Amateur Championships in 2014 and the British Open in 2012, Royal Portrush has confirmed its position as one of the leading courses in Ireland or Britain. Darren Clarke plays his golf here when he's at home and it's where Graeme McDowell, former U.S. Open champion, learned his golf at an early age. The championship Dunluce course is named for the ruins of a nearby castle and is a sea of sand hills and curving fairways. Despite its understated appearance it poses many and varied challenges. "White Rocks," the par-5 5th hole, is quite literally a cliff-hanger. It's a wicked dogleg with the green perched on the edge of a cliff. "Calamity," the aptly named 14th hole, demands total precision to carry the ball over a huge ravine. The Valley course is a less exposed, tamer track. Both are conspicuous for their lack of bunkers. In a poll of Irish golf legends, Dunluce was voted the best in Ireland.
- Address: Dunluce Rd., Portrush, Co. Antrim, BT56 8JQ
- Phone: 028/7082–2311
- Cost: Fees: May.–Sept. weekdays £155 (Dunluce), £55 (Valley);weekends £175 (Dunluce), £45 (Valley). Apr. & Oct, £75 (Dunluce), £42.50 (Valley), Nov.–Mar. £60 (Dunluce), £42.50 (Valley)
- Hours: Visitors: daily (some restrictions).
- Website: www.royalportrushgolfclub.com
- Location: Dunluce Castle