Royal Portrush Golf Club
Northern Ireland, Ireland
Royal Portrush Golf Club was formed in 1888 and was originally named ‘The Country Club’ and was only nine holes. Over the years Portrush has played host to a number of international and national amateur competitions, earning Dunluce Links a reputation as one of the best courses in the world. The links has undergone many alterations and additions over time which has allowed Royal Portrush to maintain its reputation among the very best. The Dunluce Links and Valley Links make up the 36-holes of golf on offer at Royal Portrush, two excellent courses that each provide a unique challenge. The Dunluce Links hosted The 148th Open Championship in 2019, which was a huge success. The spectacular course was put on the world stage for all to see, further enhancing the reputation of this fantastic layout. The Valley Links is somewhat overshadowed, but visitors across the world say a trip to Royal Portrush is incomplete without a round on this layout.
Golf courses at Royal Portrush Golf Club
The Valley Course at Royal Portrush lies between the East Strand and the high ground of Dunluce Links, creating the valley in which the name suggests. This course is an outstanding layout in its own right, despite often playing second fiddle to the Dunluce Course, the Valley Course is the perfect complement to The Open Championship host during your golf break at Royal Portrush. Visitors who play the Valley Course are always glad they did, it offers a slightly easier challenge.
The Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush was initially formed as a nine-hole course in 1888. A further nine was added the following year and it wasn’t until 1929 that Harry Colt worked his magic. More recent changes were made in preparation for the 148th Open Championship in 2019, where local hero Shane Lowry romped to his maiden major championship victory. It is the only course outside of mainland UK to have hosted The Open Championship, with the first time being in 1951.