Situated on the beautiful North Antrim Causeway, Northern Ireland, the Royal Portrush Golf Club occupies a triangle of giant sandhills which present magnificent views in all directions. The hills of Donegal in the west, the Isle of Islay and Southern Hebrides in the north, with the Giant’s Causeway and the Skerries in the east. 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.
The Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club ranks amongst the world’s greatest courses. Voted number 18 in the world by Today’s Golfer Magazine, it is a masterpiece of golf course architecture. The 6867 yard course, currently being extended to just under 7200 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 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. The Dunluce Links 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. 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 13th Century Dunluce castle and the surfers braving the swells below.