Royal Portrush Golf Club (Dunluce Course)

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What we say

Harry Colt considered Royal Portrush Golf Club his finest work and with good reason. The famous Dunluce layout is an absolute beast with hole after brilliant hole challenging every facet of your game. If you like it rough and tough, this is the place to play. 

The exciting green sites call for a full range of approach shots, but only if you can hit the fairway first – easier said than done with so many dog-legs. This is a strong test of golf in majestic surroundings and the clubhouse reception is very friendly.

Try the first 16 holes! It's an awesome test of golf where you simply have to hit fairways and greens in regulation to stand any chance of making a reasonable score. The course twists and turns its way along the coast, with magnificent views over the rolling Irish sea. If the wind's howling, just try to enjoy the game, because there's little chance you'll play to your handicap. The star hole is the 14th. Calamity Corner, as it's called, demands a 210-yard carry against the wind, over a mountainous crater and if you miss the green left, you've lost your ball. You can't fail to be impressed by this monster par 3. 

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Formed in May 1888 as the County Club, this golfing legend became the Royal County Club in 1892 when the Duke of York was its patron. It was changed finally to The Royal Portrush Golf Club three years later with the Prince of Wales as patron. That year the golf course was the venue for the first professional tournament in Ireland and in the same year the first Ladies Championships were held.

Fred Daly, the only Irishman ever to win the British Open, was a member at Royal Portrush which was re-designed by Harry Colt in 1947 - four years later it was staging the first Open Cjhampionship in Ireland. Portrush also offers another 18 hole layout, the not-so-challenging Valley Course, and a nine hole par 3 golf course. 

Stay & Play: The Royal Court overlooks the golf course and also nearby are the Ramada Inn in Portrush and the Bushmills Inn.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 4 out of 5
  • TG Rating 5 out of 5
  • Players Rating 4.5 out of 5
  • Address
    Dunluce Road, , Portrush
  • Tel 028 7082 2311
  • Website www.royalportrushgolfclub.com

Course Information

Course 72 par
Course Style -
Green Fees Mon-Fri: £155. Sat-Sun & B/H: £175
Course Length 7,143 yards (6,532 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Hard 0-10
Course Membership Private

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course has: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course has: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 4.5 out of 5 Play before you die

    By sixfive

    From the moment you drive through the gates and see the imposing clubhouse you know this is going to be a fun day. The green fees on the Dunluce course are aimed at the American and Japanese market but the welcome is typically irish and if you can find a friendly member (like i have found) to sign you on the green fee drops to very very reasonable £15. The course isn't long but is a true test of links golf and when the wind blows it is brutal. Drive inaccurately and you will be reloading all day as the rough is terminal. Playing the 14th 'Calamity' Hole a 205 yard par 3 into the wind over a huge ravine has to be one of the best and most testing par 3's in Britain. In the 19th you will be made very welcome and the Guinness is great. Enjoy! :)

  • 4.5 out of 5 Play before you die

    By sixfive

    From the moment you drive through the gates and see the imposing clubhouse you know this is going to be a fun day. The green fees on the Dunluce course are aimed at the American and Japanese market but the welcome is typically irish and if you can find a friendly member (like i have found) to sign you on the green fee drops to very very reasonable £15. The course isn't long but is a true test of links golf and when the wind blows it is brutal. Drive inaccurately and you will be reloading all day as the rough is terminal. Playing the 14th 'Calamity' Hole a 205 yard par 3 into the wind over a huge ravine has to be one of the best and most testing par 3's in Britain. In the 19th you will be made very welcome and the Guinness is great. Enjoy! :)

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