Unbeknownst to most golfers, Royal Portrush has two golf courses: The Dunluce and Valley Course. The Valley is a little cheaper regarding green fees, and widely considered the little siblings of its brother which hosted The 148th Open Championship in 2019. The course is akin to other great links course’s siblings such as Royal Troon’s Portland Course or Portstewart’s Riverside Course. The Valley Course at Royal Portrush Golf Club was designed by Harry Colt and has a par of 70. It is a great warm-up golf course; we recommend playing 36 holes by combining both of Royal Portrush’s golf courses in one day.
Golf Course Location
Golf Course Information
The Valley lies between the East Strand and the Dunluce golf course in Portrush. As its name suggests, the course is situated between the huge sand hills immediately along the Atlantic shore and the higher ground on which the Championship course is laid out. That is not to say the holes of the course are routed over anything like plain, level lying land, far from it, as the Valley has more than its fair share of the humps, hollows and undulations to be found on any links worthy of the name.
The Valley Course at Portrush does not deserve to be overlooked when visiting the area, even though 90% of people barely give it a second thought as they drive away after having experienced the Dunluce Course. James W Finegan on the course: “The Valley Links, as its name suggests, is tucked away, down in the lower reaches of the club property, tall sandhills enclosing the acreage and blocking out any view of the sea.
Because it is tucked away from the main drag at Portrush, the Valley Course is much cheaper to play and much easier to get a tee-time, meaning it is well worth your while as a top golf course in Ireland. Two feature holes on the card are played back-to-back on the front nine, and they are situated at the furthest point from the clubhouse. They epitomise all that is good about golf at Royal Portrush. The 336-yard, short par four, 5th hole is played from an elevated tee in the sandhills to a green framed by towering dunes and protected on three sides by menacing bunkers. The 237-yard, par three, 6th hole is then played slightly uphill and semi-blind to a green hidden by natural mounding.
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.