Royal Portrush Golf Club – Dunluce Links

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  • Architects:
  • Consultant:
    • MacKenzie & Ebert
  • Holes of Merit:
    4, 5, 6, 14, 16
  • NCG Rank:
    5/100 in GB&I
  • Rank:
    13/100 in the World

At A Glance

Royal Portrush Golf Club Dunluce Links is the only club to host the Open Championship outside of Scotland and England.

Tom Doak recommends golf architecture students pay special attention to the routing. He explains the reason it works so well is that routing comes into contact with the ocean in the middle of the nines rather than just at the beginning or at the end.

Further Reading

Clyde Johnson contributed an analysis of the 16th hole on The Fried Egg.

Full Course Review

The Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Links took centre stage and won the hearts of the golfing world in 2019 when it hosted The Open Championship. The links was laid out as a nine-hole course in 1888 and was known as The Country Club. In 1889, the course was extended to 18 holes. The name changed to The Royal Country Club in 1892 and The Royal Portrush Golf Club in 1895.

The Dunluce Links took more or less its present form in 1929. A major change came in 1946 when the 1st and 18th holes were lost. Two new holes (the current 8th and 9th holes) replaced the lost holes and were laid out by P.G. Stevenson and Sir Anthony Babington. In the winter of 2015, Martin Ebert built 5 new greens, 8 new tees, 10 new bunkers and the current 7th and 8th holes.


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