Royal Portrush was founded in 1888 and has retained its reputation as one of the best golf courses in the world. Royal Portrush is made up of 2 courses, the Valley course (home course of GMac) and the legendary Dunluce course.
The Dunluce Course became host to the first ever Open Championship held in Ireland, soon to be repeated in 2019. Rory McIlroy currently holds the course record (when he was a teenager). It’s easy to see why the course is difficult; the greens are scattered among huge sand dunes gently raised above the Antrim Coast providing vistas of sea, cliffs and islands. But no matter how appealing the view, attention must be paid to your game as Portrush can challenge even the most experienced of golfers.
The fifth hole, ‘White Rock’ is one of the most exhilarating two–shots in golf. Over hit the second shot, and your ball ends in the Atlantic. The fourteenth Hole, ‘Calamity’ requires total precision and a lot of power to carry the ball over an enormous ravine. This is one of the most interesting par-threes in golf.
This course will be a highlight of your trip, you may want to play it twice. A tour of Irish links would not be complete without playing golf here.