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Royal Portrush Golf Club, Northern Ireland, Senior British Open Championship 2004 host - one of the best links golf courses in the world.
Royal Portrush Golf Club, Northern Ireland, Senior British Open Championship host - one of the best links golf courses in the world.

About Royal Portrush Golf Club

14th GreenNorthern Ireland is one of the most scenic regions of the the UK and the coastline surrounding Portrush is perhaps the most stunningly beautiful part of all. This is the Antrim Coast, home to Northern Ireland's spectacular natural wonder, The Giant's Causeway, only seven miles from Royal Portrush Golf Club.

Occupying a triangle of giant sandhills east of Portrush town, the Royal Portrush golf course offers amazing views with the hills of Donegal in the West, the Isle of Islay and Southern Hebrides in the North with the Giants Causeway and the Skerries to the East. A more breathtaking setting for a golf course would be difficult to find.

Two links courses
Royal Portrush offers two fine links courses and while the Dunluce Course will always be regarded as the championship links, the slightly shorter Valley Course also represents a serious test of links golf prowess. The Valley course lies between the East Strand and the Dunluce Course. It is the home of Royal Portrush Ladies Club and the affiliated Rathmore Club.

Dunluce course at Royal Portrush
Simply put, the Dunluce course at Royal Portrush is one of the world's finest links courses and the only course in Ireland to have hosted the British Open in 1951, an event won by Max Faulkner. Fred Daly, the only Irishman ever to win "The Open" was a Royal Portrush member. Read more about Royal Portrush's history.

Overlooked by the ruins of the 13th Century Dunluce Castle it is a masterpiece of golf architecture. Famous for its magnificent turf and excellent holes, many of which require long and accurate drives made all the more difficult by the high winds. Unimaginable rough and tricky greens, thrown with windy conditions make this course an admirable test for a seasoned golfer.

Many top golfers have portrayed Royal Portrush Golf Club as one of the most challenging golf courses in the world. It is a testing course, requiring skill and concentration, but set in one of the most scenic parts of Europe. A selection of comments about the course can be read on the Comments page.

The famous Giants Causeway, beautiful white sandy beaches and rolling green countryside surround Royal Portrush Golf Club. Excellent guesthouse and hotel accommodation are available with first class restaurants and a wide range of family entertainment close by.

Awards
In 1996, Royal Portrush Golf Club's Dunluce Course was rated Number 4 in "The 100 Greatest Courses in the British Isles", by Golf World Magazine.

In 1998, the Royal Portrush was voted Number 8 in the Golf World Survey of "The 100 Greatest courses in the British Isles".

In 2002, Royal Portrush was voted 14th in "The World's Top 100 Golf Courses" by US Golf Magazine. The survey is compiled by an international panel of 100 golfers, journalists, architects and industry figures looking at each courses' strategic integrity, how well a course tests the full range of golf skills and its rhythm of design, location, ambiance, conditioning, tradition and visual appeal.

The panel included Greg Norman, golf course architect Michael Wolveridge, journalist Tom Ramsey, cricket commentator Richie Benaud, former British Open winner Sir Bob Charles, former Australian Amateur Champion Tom Crow and Kiwi Frank Nobilo.