Royal Portrush Golf Clubwww.royalportrushgolfclub.com
"The Dunluce course remains the fairest links I have ever played. It will test every club in your bag and each hole will present you with its own challenges. Sacrificing a little distance for accuracy, particulary if the wind blows will give you every chance of playing to your handicap. That is if you can keep your eyes off the majestic scenery!"
Royal Portrush Golf Club is home to one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world, the Dunluce Links, and the hidden gem, the Valley Links.
The only club in Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship, Royal Portrush is a members’ club which welcomes visitors all year round to face the challenges of its courses and to brave the testing conditions.
Location: Portush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Year founded: 1888
Courses: Dunluce Links (7143 yards) & Valley Links (6304 yards)
Architect: Dunluce links: Harry Colt
Hole #5 - 411 yards par 4
White Rocks - You walk up to the tee to be faced with a tumbling, darting dogleg that breaks sharply right as it heads for the sea and Skerries Reef. It offers two choices: the short, safe drive to the corner of the dogleg, leaving a long second; or the chance to cut the corner and reduce the hole to a short iron. The wind will dictate your choice, but remember this: do not go over the green as it drops sharply to the beach below.
Hole #14 - 210 yards par 3
Perhaps one of Ireland's most infamous holes, in part because of its name 'Calamity' and in part because of the experiences that informed its naming. The par-3 measures 213 yards with a carry over an intimidating gully of 190 yards. Anything to the right of the green drops literally straight down 50 feet.
Course played: Dunluce Links
Date played: 15th September, 2011