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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.

Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Course Overview

Calamity Corner 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.

Royal Portrush's Dunluce Course is laid out in a marvellous stretch of natural golfing country on Northern Ireland's beautiful North Coast. Through a tangle of sandhills the course threads its way, with the sweeping contours of dunes lending infinite variety to the game. The hills of Donegal in the west, the isle of Islay and Southern Hebrides in the north with the Giants Causeway in the east.

Course History
The links has undergone many changes during the course of its existence. The initial nine holes were extended to eighteen by 1889, while the renowned golf architect, Harry Colt, designed the present course. Upon completion of his work at Portrush, Colt remarked that it represented his best ever layout. The new course was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Percy Greenaway in 1933.

Course Overview
The course is laid out in and among giant sand dunes, along the tops of cliffs and through valleys. Constant changes of direction make the wind blowing in from the Irish Sea an ever-varying challenge. Royal Portrush is a course where accuracy is key and wayward shots are penalized to the extreme with rough that can only be termed as cruel and punishing. Royal Portrush Golf Course

Portrush begins with a fairly short uphill par-4 1st but which requires a tee-shot threaded between out-of-bounds on both sides of the first fairway. From then on, golfers face a mix of short and long holes that cavort over hill and down dale that require patience, accuracy and at times length. On this course with its farmland like terrain, each hole has its unique characteristics and flavor and no two holes are alike.

It may be a cliché but it is genuinely difficult to select the best holes at Portrush. On balance though, the best on the front nine are probably the 5th and 7th holes.

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