Sunday, February 21, 2016

Royal Portrush

Executive summary by darmansjah

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 and the Valley Links. In 1951, Royal Portrush hosted The Open Championship, the oldest of golf's major championships. Up to 2011, it is the only Open to be held outside of the main island of Great Britain. Royal Portrush hosted the Irish Open in 2012.

The Dunluce Links course is considered to be one of the best courses in the world. It was ranked at number 4 by Golf World in their list of "The 100 greatest courses in the British Isles" in November 1996. Golf Magazine ranked it at number 12 in their list of the Top 100 Courses in the World, and in 2007 Golf Digest ranked it as the fourth best course outside the United States.

Situated on the North Antrim Causeway Coast, Royal Portrush occupies a triangle of giant sand hills with views of the hills of 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.

The Royal Portrush Golf Club was founded in 1888 as "The County Club." It became "The Royal County Club" in 1892 under the patronage of the Duke of York and assumed its present name in 1895 under the patronage of the Prince of Wales. In 1947 Rathmore Golf Club member Fred Daly became the first Irishman to win The Open Championship, and four years later the club hosted the championship itself, the first and last time the event was held in Northern Ireland. The club has also hosted the Senior British Open Championship between 1995 and 1999 and again in 2004. The club was also host to the 2010 Palmer Cup. Daly's feat was repeated by club member Darren Clarke in 2011.

The second course at Royal Portrush is the Valley Links, and is used mostly by members of the 'town' club Rathmore and the ladies and juniors of Royal Portrush. It is shorter and considered less demanding than the Dunluce Links. Rathmore clubhouse and the ladies clubhouse are situated adjacent to the first tee. A nine hole pitch and putt course, named Korea, starts from the same location. There is also a driving range at the club.

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