Royal Portrush Golf Club
Northern Ireland, Ireland
Royal Portrush Golf Club overview
Royal Portrush Golf Club, located on the northern coast of Northern Ireland, was formed in 1888 as a nine-hole course and originally named ‘The Country Club’. Another nine holes were added a year later and today it is home to 36 holes of golf with the Valley Course and famous Dunluce Links.
As with any of the signature links courses across the UK and Ireland, tee times are scarce and we recommend booking at least twelve months in advance to avoid disappointment.
Although initially laid out in 1888, the Dunluce Links has undergone many alterations over time, with the famous architect Harry Colt creating today’s masterpiece in 1929.
Ranked amongst the best links courses in the world and having staged over 50 national and international amateur championships, as well as being the only course to host the Open Championship (twice) outside of mainland UK, the Dunluce Links is a must-play when visiting Northern Ireland. Shorter and more forgiving, the Valley Course is also excellent in its own right and makes for a fantastic 36-hole day at Royal Portrush.
Did You Know
Royal Portrush hosted The Open Championship in 1951, the first time outside of mainland UK, and again in 2019 when local hero Shane Lowry romped to victory to clinch his maiden major trophy.
History will soon again be made on these very shores when Royal Portrush hosts The Open 2025.
Golf courses at Royal Portrush Golf Club
Like it’s more famous sister course, the Dunluce Links, The Valley at [ is a Harry Colt design always in immaculate condition and a great test of golf. At just over 6300 yards and with slick greens we highly recommend incorporating this hidden gem into your itinerary when visiting Portrush. Recent changes under the supervision of Martin Ebert in preparation for the 2019 Open Championship have created some new and exciting closing holes.
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.
Accommodation near Royal Portrush Golf Club
Bushmills Inn Hotel
A superb 4-star boutique hotel, The Bushmills Inn was originally a Coaching Inn dating from the 1600’s. Nowadays, it mixes stunning architecture, beautiful grounds, unique rooms and great food.
Portrush Atlantic Hotel
With many rooms overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Portrush Atlantic Hotel is a quality 3-star hotel that makes a great base for a golf tour. The hotel also features a pleasant restaurant and café offering a wide range of cuisines.
A towering landmark in the center of Belfast, the Europa Hotel is one of the premier hotels in Northern Ireland’s capital city. A great base for hitting all the big courses in the north.