Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce

4.9882352941 5.0 stars from 5 (13)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7317 yards
  • Layout

  • Dunluce Road, Portrush, Northern Ireland, BT56 8JQ
  • +44 (0) 28 7082 3335, +44 (0) 28 7082 2311
  • +44 (0) 28 7082 3139
  • www.royalportrushgolfclub.com
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Year built: 1888
Architect(s): H. S. Colt (1929), Martin Ebert (2017)
Type: Private
Style: Links
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Dress code: Golf shirts must have collars, with either long or short sleeves. Collarless shirts, such as t-shirts of any variety, are not allowed.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard and Amex Credit Cards

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 7317 yards N/A N/A
White 72 6705 yards N/A N/A
Green 72 6476 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 5.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 13 Reviews
5 stars:
12
4 stars:
1
3 stars:
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2 stars:
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1 stars:
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recommend this course

13 out of 13 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for a bucket list/top 100 pick advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers forced carries thick rough   Great for drinks  

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"Improved Dunluce will be a terrific Open venue"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
First time playing Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

Anytime you get to play a major championship venue – especially one that hosts The Open Championship – it's a real treat, and this was no exception. It's also a course that is apparently better than it was before a renovation last year that removed the last two holes for a spectator village that will be used for the 2019 Open. Because I never played the previous version, I can't make that judgment firsthand, but what I do know is that the two new holes, which are now the seventh and eighth as other holes shifted, are terrific and pretty much look like they have been there with the rest of the course since Harry Colt's incarnation of the Dunluce 85 years ago. The new par-5 seventh is a terrific risk-reward par 5 that features eight bunkers down the left side. The eighth, a difficult par 4, plays back down and up a steep hill alongside the seventh going the other way. As for rest of the course, it's classic links, with ocean views, tall dunes, terrific views and not too many blind shots. In the wind (and rain), it's as tough as it gets, but on a calm day, you can certainly score out there. You'll also want to hang out in the clubhouse for a soup, sandwich and beverage, where you get panoramic views of the links and sea below.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Worth the trip North"


bjm1208's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great links course. Has the typical blind tee shots over dunes. Staff was very friendly. This, Port Stewart, and Castlerock Mussenden Worth the trip North.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Royal Portrush ready for The Open in 2019"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
Previously played Walked Cold weather

Reviewed on

I didn't get to play the two new holes on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush - they open in June - but they certainly look good.

Like every golfer, I lament the loss of the original "Big Nellie" bunker on the 17th hole, but architect Martin Ebert has created his own version on the new par-5 seventh hole. Coupled with the new par-4 eighth hole - both built upon land formerly a part of the Valley Links - they add challenge and length to a links now ready to host Ireland's first major championship since 1951.

The changes will reroute some of the old holes. For example, the famous 'Calamity' par 3, will now be the 16th hole, not the 14th. Otherwise, Harry Colt's best links remains intact and as charming and challenging as ever.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Why this is an Open caliber course"


jcech344's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Wow, one look over the layout from the road as you pas by shows why this course is included in the Open rotation. The Dunluce course (yes there are two) has a broad sweep moving back and forth between duned areas to moguled valley holes. There is ample room for a large gallery to watch, something that Royal County Downs, a far tougher course does not have.

Our group took forecaddies and glad we did as knowledge of lines and distances with even the mild elevation changes was of real help. RCD has many completely blind shots while RPR is more subtle but requires long accurate shots over deep fescue and dune grasses on many holes. A perfect example is #5 (White Rocks) , a modest length par 4 that goes slightly downhill then turns sharply right and back up hill. The carry from the white tees is over 200 yards and coming up short will likely result in a big number if you find the ball.

Unlike many of the Irish links courses that tend to divide the two nines between the high dunes along the coast and the low areas leading up to the dunes, RPR mixes both nicely and makes for a more continuous look and challenging round through out the 18.

The course is getting ready for the Open in 2019 and you could see a lot of activity but this never detracted from our play. There is a decent range and practice facility and a nice club house with upstairs patio to enjoy afterwards. Thee is a quaint little halfway house in the middle that you should make sure to visit.

This is definitely a bucket list course and I am looking forward to a return.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Major worthy ... maybe"


WDM1980's avatar
Ontario Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

The once and future site of the Open Championship and ranked 16th in the world was also the most expensive stop on my trip by far.<br/> Portrush seems rather ordinary at first – a nice club house and locker room, but not Royally nice. The starter’s building changes that impression. The red blazer with club tie and grey pants donned by the starter and the caddies milling about give it a formal “you just paid a royal sum to be here” atmosphere.<br/> The course is tough; rough comes in right where you don’t want it to and the green complexes seem to ensure balls bounce anywhere but onto the green. I played in the only really foul weather day of my trip – persistent rain for 6 holes and a stiff wind after the rain stopped. It lacks the views from vistas of some dunes courses and doesn’t run along the beach, but the challenge of the course is undeniable. The opening and closing holes were straight away par 4s with plenty of risk / reward opportunity that seems to come with major venues. There are few blind shots here, only tough lies, tight approaches, and punishing to mishits.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Royal Portrush is Open-worthy"


KielChristianson's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

The Dunluce Links feel larger and longer than the 7,143 yards written on the scorecard.It's all marram grass and dunes, all big drives and wicked putts -- a veritable amusement park of golf. After you finish your round, head inside and marvel at the scorecard of the course record holder, a 16-year-old Rory McIlroy, whose score of 61 seems nothing short of superhuman. Enjoy the views of the coast from the 5th green, and be ready to hit some big drives if you're going to reach some of the par 4s in two. A must-play!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Everything I thought it would be."


fran21356's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I don't think I was ever as nervous in my life as when I stood on the first tee at Portrush with all of the caddies watching me hit my first ball of the day. After that I relaxed and took in the beautiful scenery and history of the course. My caddie, Tony, gave me the historical tour of the course. We were blessed with a beautiful day with mild wind and a bit overcast. Even with the benign conditions the course gave me all I could handle. If the wind was up I don't what i would have shot! Every hole travels a different direction with huge sand dunes waiting to eat your golf ball. "White Rocks" and "Calamity" alone are worth the green fee. Don't forget to vist Dunluce Castle while you there, it's only five minutes down the road from the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful! Just A Bit Too Windy For This Floridian"


Tarah's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/17/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

What a beauful place! The view of the water and cliffs can NOT be beat. As a Floridian, I would recommend to play in summer as my game is a bit (a lot) rusty and I'm not at all used to the wind-cold combo (roughly 25 MPH, with gusts that had me hating life, temp was 9-ish deg C, or 48F). That said, the natives seemed to think it was downright balmy (and, I will admit, a hot whiskey at the turn did seem to help my spirits a bit!). It's a tough challenge, but worth the grind. Make the trip if you can.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Best Course in Northern Ireland"


GWSHARK's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2013
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played this gem on 4th day of our 7 day trip and it was consensus best course of our tour. Everything was top notch , including the bar man and choice of fine Irish Whiskey's at the half-way house. The course and vistas are both memorable. Beware of the largest bunker in the world on 17, my friend Todd managed to find it. I cannot wait to go back and would encourage anyone who has a chance to play here to DO IT ! You will not be disappointed.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Royal Portrush’s Dunluce course is the only course in all of Ireland to have hosted the Open Championship"


MattAdamsGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2013
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Its one thing to declare a course as distinctive based solely upon conviction, it is quite another thing when a course has the weight of history on it’s side.  Royal Portrush’s Dunluce course is the only course in all of Ireland to have hosted the Open Championship and in 2012 it played host to the Irish Open, becoming the first regular European Tour event to sell out!  Royal Portrush still retains the look and feel of a classic Harry Colt design and perhaps the greatest compliment one could make about the course is that it is a world-class competitive challenge, but always indisputably fair.  In short, Royal Portrush is a brilliant links golf course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The experience of a lifetime"


fran21356's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2013
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I was never as nervous as when I teed off in front of about 30 caddies but I hit the fairway and it was a thrill the rest of the day. The course goes up and down and side to side with towering dunes and bunkers you'll want no part of. We had a great caddy(Tony) who managed to keep our lost balls to a minimum. The scenery with the white cliffs and shore line is special. I didn't give the course a perfect five because hole #18 is a weak par five, straight and flat although I did bring some excitement to it by almost putting my second shot into the parking lot.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/04/2017

#18 is a 469 yard par 4


"Great challenge to your game"


Patrick2869045's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2013
Previously played Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

This course is one of the finest in the world, being the only course outside of mainland Britain to have held the Open Championship back in 1951 it really is one of the finest courses to have held the best Championship in golf.<br/> Each hole is different and sticks out vividly in the mind and also have a unique challenge associated with them. I would definitely recommend playing a round here as you will treasure the memories of the course and the scenery for a lifetime.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pure Irish links: this is the real deal"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2013
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Is Royal Portrush the world's best links? Well, it may be the perfect blend of challenge, scenery and history in a links course anywhere in the world. The course has its spots where it's unbelievably gorgeous, while other spots are Open Championship-worthy in challenge. There are also a slew of very interesting, unique links holes (none better than the par-3 14th, "Calamity"). An Irish Open host (and maybe one day the Open will return), Potrush is really tough to beat, and is a must-play on any Irish tour.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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