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 member’s club which welcomes visitors all year round to face the challenges of its courses and to brave the testing conditions. Host of the 148th Open Championship in 2019, the second time it has ever been held outside of the main British island, and the second time it has returned to Portrush, the Golf Club is a jewel in Northern Ireland’s crown. The Royal Portrush Dunluce Course is set to host The 153rd Open Championship in 2025 for the third time in 74 years. When the club was formed in May 1888, it was known as The County Club. It became The Royal County Club in 1892, when H.R.H. The Duke of York was its patron, and ‘The Royal Portrush Golf Club’ three years later, with H.R.H. The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) as patron. The Dunluce has a sibling course called The Valley Course, which is cheaper to play but still great value.
Nearby golf destinations include Port Stewart’s Strand Course (Host of the 2021 Irish Open), Riverside Course, Castlerock Golf Club and Rosapenna Golf Resort in Donegal. A great way to experience Irish hospitality on the way to Royal Portrush is by stopping by Galgorm Resort near Ballymena for a few nights.
The Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club ranks amongst the world’s greatest courses. Voted Number 12 in the world by Golf Magazine, it is a masterpiece of golf course architecture. Unimaginable rough and testing greens combined with the unpredictable weather of the roaring North Atlantic make this course an admirable test for even the most seasoned golfers.
Harry Colt, universally acknowledged as one of golf’s greatest course architects, used the natural contours and dunes of the links land at Portrush to create a legacy which attracts golfers from all across the globe. As the writer Bernard Darwin said, ‘Mr HS Colt…has thereby built himself a monument more enduring than brass’. The 6867-yard course, which has been extended to 7317 yards, is routed through rugged links land, and constantly changes in both direction and elevation, whilst all the time providing some of the most awe-inspiring scenery to be found in Ireland.
The Dunluce Links is home to one of the most stunning par fours in golf, the 382-yard 5th hole. A dogleg hole played from an elevated tee towards the ocean, it rewards the daring shot across a wide expanse of rough. Be careful though, as an overly long approach shot will end up on the sand of the White Rocks beach which lies just beyond the rear of the green. Make sure and take a moment to enjoy the stunning views from the green towards the 15th Century Dunluce castle and the surfers braving the swells below. Any Northern Ireland golf trip that includes Royal Portrush is time spent well; just the views over the ocean are enough to make a worthwhile day.
The Clubhouse Dining Room is open 7 days a week from April to September, and operates a snack menu, with reduced hours between October and March. Tee, coffee and sandwiches are available in the Dunluce Room.
Scotty Cameron Centre
Royal Portrush Professional Shop is the only Scotty Cameron fitting centre in Northern Ireland. Head Professional Gary McNeill and his staff are fully trained to help you choose the best Scotty Cameron Putter to suit your game. The Professional shop carries a full range of Cameron Putters, as well as headcovers, grips and weights from Scotty’s Custom Shop. Limited edition releases are also available from time to time – contact Gary for further details.