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ROYAL PORTRUSH GOLF CLUB

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A CHAMPIONSHIP WORTHY GOLF LOCATION ON THE COAST OF IRELAND.

The only course in Ireland to host The Open Championship, Royal Portrush is fresh off its moment in the sun as the Claret Jug returned in 2019. Though it remained largely out of the spotlight during the 64-year absence of The Open, this corner of Ireland will need to get used to the limelight. Royal Portrush has already been named the host of the 2025 Open Championship.

Anyone who has had the privilege of playing the Dunluce Links knows it deserves its place among the world’s best. Not to be outdone, the Good Life found nearby is also quite exceptional, making Royal Portrush a must-visit course on any Irish golf trip.

Founded in 1888, Royal Portrush was first known as the County Golf Club. The club opened with a 9-hole golf course, which Old Tom Morris soon extended to an 18-hole layout. In 1895, the Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII granted his patronage and the club was renamed the Royal Portrush Golf Club. After leaving his mark on places like Muirfield and Pine Valley, architect Harry Colt was commissioned in 1929 to design a pair of new courses for Royal Portrush: the Dunluce Links and the Valley Links.

The Dunluce Links quickly gained notoriety and hosted The Open Championship in 1951. The first time the tournament was held outside of Britain. It would take 68 years for The Open to return, but it did so in spectacular fashion in 2019 with eventual winner Shane Lowry.

18

Holes

7317

Yards

72

Par

The 5th - WHITE ROCKS

Without a single bunker found along the way, the dogleg right 5th at Royal Portrush might be one of the purest golf holes in existence. Given the awe-inspiring vista that’s part of the bargain, the absence of hazards is probably a good thing for the distracted golfer. The view, to say the least, is unforgettable.

The 7th - CURRAN POINT

In advance of The Open’s return to the Dunluce Links, there were a variety of changes made at Royal Portrush. Most notably, the 17th and 18th holes were abandoned to make room for the infrastructure required by The Open. In their place, two new holes were inserted into the heart of the course. The standout of the duo is the new 7th, an uphill par-5 that, to quote former Club Secretary Wilma Erskine, is “a mighty hole.” An important feature of the hole is the enormous “Wee Nellie” bunker guarding the fairway off the tee. The trap pays homage to the original “Big Nellie” bunker on the old 17th and is best avoided at all costs.

The 16th - CALAMITY CORNER

Perhaps the most appropriately named hole in golf, the 236 yard 16th at Royal Portrush will test the nerve of even the best of golfers. An enormous 75 foot deep chasm is positioned short and right of the plateau green, ready to capture any wayward slice. The common miss is here is to the left, however a par from anywhere but the putting surface borders on the miraculous. 

MORE THAN A GOLF LOCATION.

Away from the golf, local sightseeing opportunities nearby to Royal Portrush are simply breathtaking, the Giant’s Causeway is by far the most interesting. Irish legend claims the puzzling formations found here are the remains of a causeway built by a giant attempting to cross the North Channel to fight a rival in Scotland.

In reality, the 40,000 interlocking columns were created by an ancient volcanic eruption, leaving behind one of the most unusual geological formations in the world. Just 5 miles as the crow flies from Royal Portrush, the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-see piece of the Good Life on the Emerald Isle.

Less than a mile from the pulse racing approach to White Rocks lies the 16th century ruins of Dunluce Castle. A castle has stood on this rocky promontory since the 1300’s, and once notoriously wrecked part of the Spanish Armada. The castle was abandoned in the 17th Century after a portion crumbled into the sea, and it is thought to have inspired C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.

A short drive from the Giant’s Causway is a Good Life experience that’s equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. The dizzying heights of the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is not for the faint of heart, but the view from the other side is worth every step……just don’t look down.

A DISTILLERY LIKE NO OTHER.

After battling Calamity Corner and Wee Nellie, a glass of Ireland’s finest will likely be in order. Thankfully, one doesn’t need to travel far from Royal Portrush to find the Old Bushmills Distillery. Lomond Golf Tours suggests a tour of the historic distillery, which is almost universally accepted as the oldest licensed distillery in the world, followed by a wee dram or three in The Gas Bar at the neighbouring Bushmills Inn.

“I won the Open Championship in Portrush, and that’s probably going to be the greatest moment of my golfing career…….not to say I don’t want more mind you.” 

Shane Lowry (2019 Open Champion)

“The opportunity to live a dream and play on my home golf course in the Open Championship, it really doesn’t get any better than this.” 

Graeme McDowells (US Open Winner 2010)

ACCOMMODATION

Dunluce Lodge, Portrush

3 Mins

Golf Links Hotel, Portrush

3 Mins

Bayview Hotel, Portrush

8 Mins

The Bushmills Inn, Bushmills

9 Mins

RESTAURANTS

Urban

3 Mins

55 Degrees

3 Mins

The Quays

3 Mins

Ramore Restaurant

5 Mins

Bushmills

9 Mins

PUBS

The Quays

3 Mins

The Harbour Bar

5 Mins

Ramore Wine Bar

5 Mins

Bushmills

9 Mins

The Anchor

10 Mins

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