Royal Portrush Golf Club (Valley Course)


4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Royal Portrush Golf Club (Valley Course) Est. 1888

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Royal Portrush Golf Club (Valley Course): Royal Portrush's Valley Links is certainly worth a visit in its own right, even if it is "looked down on" by its more revered big brother, the Dunluce Links. Most of the course is played in a relatively flattish valley, between the bigger dunes of the Dunluce course and a single line of immense dunes, behind which hides the sea.

The family resemblance between the two links courses, Dunluce and Valley, is clear. Both are laid out on excellent quality natural links land, where crisp turf carpets the rolling fairways. Around the greens, slick run-offs and strategically-placed and mischievous pot bunkers play their part. Surprisingly the course is home to only 22 bunkers, although the threat they pose would suggest a much larger number.

The Valley may be a tad shorter than the Dunluce, but be assured, your full game will be thoroughly tested. Four exquisite short par-3s, including the 3rd hole (Fairy Ring), are countered by the very testing 237-yard par-3 6th (Curran's Point). The Valley's Championship tees provide a par-70 course that stretches to 6,304 yards, with an SSS of 71. The shorter Medal tees give 6,054 yards, with a par of 68 and SSS 70.

The Valley should not be considered a mere warm-up for the Dunluce. This is a great little links course that stands on its own two feet, quite independent of big brother.

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Making Contact

Royal Portrush Golf Club
Dunluce Road,
Portrush, Co. Antrim BT56 8JQ
Northern Ireland
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Office   +44 (0)28 7082 2311
Pro Shop   +44 (0)28 7082 3335
Fax

  +44 (0)28 7082 3139

Email   info@royalportrushgolfclub.com
Website   www.royalportrushgolfclub.com
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Golf Pro
 
Gary McNeill (Head Professional).
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
 
Surroundings: Coastal duneland.
 
Designer: Harry Colt (1932).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6336 6054 5548
Par 70 68 72
SSS or Slope 71 70 71
 
At the Same Location:
Above distances are for the Valley Links. Also at Royal Portrush is the 18-hole Dunluce Links (par-72; 7143 yds from back tees; SSS 75).
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How2Get There?

5 miles NE of Coleraine.
From Coleraine take the A29 direction Portrush. After 5 miles, upon entering Portrush, turn right onto the A2 direction Bushmills. After o.4 miles golf entrance is on your left (approx o.3 miles before the entrance to Royal Portush Dunluce course).

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct) on the Valley Links: weekdays £42; weekends £55. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.  Must book in advance. Handicap required.
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Other Information
Players walk this course. Golf carts are not available. Caddies available (book in advance).
Caddies available (if requested in advance).
Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

Royal Portrush's Valley Links is used each year as a final qualifying course for the North of Ireland Amateur Championship.

George, Duke of York (later George V) conferred the Royal prefix on Portrush GC in 1892. By royal prerogative, three Northern Irish golf clubs use the "Royal" title, namely: Belfast, Portrush and County Down.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: among the second 100 best courses in Britain & Ireland.
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Location

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Latitude: (55.199790)
Longitude: (-6.636976)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

Royal Court Hotel 3-star
Whiterocks, Portrush, Co. Antrim BT56 8NF
+44 (0)28 7082 2236
www.royalcourthotel.co.uk

A hotel with superb views over Royal Portrush golf courses and the sea.

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Comfort Hotel Portrush 3-star
73 Main St, Portrush BT56 8BN
+44 (0)28 7082 6100
www.comforthotelportrush.com



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