Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Links, Portrush

(4.6/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
Royal Portrush Golf Club is a private golf club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The 36-hole club has two links courses, the Dunluce Links (the championship course) and the Valley Links. The former is one of the courses on the Open championship rota and will next host the tournament in 2019In 1951, Royal Portrush hosted the Open Championship, the oldest of golf's major championships; the only Open not held on the island of Great Britain. The Open will return to Portrush in 2019; it hosted the Irish Open in 2012, the first in Northern Ireland since 1953.The Dunluce Links course is considered to be one of the best courses in the world. It was ranked fourth by Golf World in their list of "The 100 greatest courses in the British Isles" in November 1996. Golf Magazine ranked it twelfth in their list of the Top 100 Courses in the World, and Golf Digest ranked it as the fourth best course outside the United States in 2007.LocationSituated on the North Antrim Causeway Coast, Royal Portrush occupies a triangle of giant sand hills with views of the hills of Inishowen in County 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. The course is overlooked by the ruins of the 13th century Dunluce Castle, which gives its name to Dunluce course.
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TripAdvisor
  • We had made reservations to play in late November hoping conditions would allow for play. The staff had our clubs ready and the starter assured us that we could play even though a heavy frost had occu...  more »
  • From the drive in to the drive off this place exudes history and class and is worthy of holding any tournament and a challenge to all players whether amateur or professional.  more »
  • Played here at the end of September and had a great day! Tough conditions, but a brilliant Harry Colt design. The whole experience was good, even though there were some minor construction works betwee...  more »
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  • I've been lucky enough to play some stunning golf courses in Ireland but royal portrush is by far my favourite. It's equally challenging and rewarding, offering both birdie chances and tough pars. As with many links courses it gets better the more you play it. Holes 3, 4 and 5 are golfing paradise but it's good all the way round. It has that special feeling about it and is rightly regarded as one of the world's best. If I could only play one last round of golf, it would be at this.
  • I was just 'thrilled' to see this course! Would have loved to play. But, we must keep movin.
  • Nothing like a round here
  • Very good
  • We booked 6 caddies for our group of 8 weeks in advance and confirmed a few days before.. When we got there for our game they only had 4. The 2 caddies in our group were called at the last minute - they only lived a few minutes walk away. The caddies in our group carried 2 bags each - the caddie I had drove a buggie as one of the guys in our group had a bad hip. The Club charges 40 pounds per bag for a senior caddie. Most courses charge a lower rate per bag when one caddie carries two bags. The caddie I had was lazy - he mostly sat in the cart and only provided advice on the tee box and greens. A total waste of 40 pounds. The second caddie provided poor putting advice. This club should not charge the same price per bag when a caddie carries 2 bags. This may help with teir caddie shortage - as right now it is a no brained to take a single caddie. The quality of caddies in our experience was poor and it totally ruined a golf game at a beautiful course we had high hopes for. I complained to the pro shop and spoke to a member in the clubhouse about the caddie issue - I left my name and email address but have had no response. Maybe if they get a few more complaints they will fix their caddie issue.