Portrush, Co. Antrim BT56 8JQ
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Harry Colt (1932).
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).
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).
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.
More than just a warm-up for the Dunluce, this is a great little links course that stands on its own two feet, quite independent of big brother. The Valley may be a tad shorter than the Dunluce, but be assured, your full game will be thoroughly tested. 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.
Pick of the holes: 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).
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players walk this course. Golf carts are not available. Caddies available (book in advance).
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.
Ireland: 44th best course in Ireland (Golf World, 2019).
Whiterocks, Portrush, Co. Antrim BT56 8NF
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A hotel with superb views over Royal Portrush golf courses and the sea.
Royal Portrush (Dunluce and Valley courses)
73 Main St, Portrush BT56 8BN
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Royal Portrush (Dunluce and Valley courses)
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