About Royal Portrush Golf Club
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
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.
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
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.