Royal Portrush Golf Club - Valley

4.5098235294 4.5 stars from 5 (11)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6336 yards
  • Layout

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
Championship 71 6336 yards N/A N/A
Medal 71 6097 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 11 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
4
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

11 out of 11 reviews


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"Well worth a Hot Deal"


andydowney's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
First time playing Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

Played the Valley last Friday on a windy day (I reckon it was about 50 yards difference with / into the wind; on 11 I drove it 340 yards or so with the wind, on 12 I drove it 240 yards into the wind with just as good a strike). The course was still playing on mats but that didn't really detract from the experience. Only one green was closed for reseeding, other than that the course was in great condition for late March.

The Valley course has lost two holes (5th and 6th) for the new holes on the Dunluce links. You can get a good look at the new holes for the Dunluce from the 5th tee of the Valley. The rearranged version of the Valley is great and I'm not sure the old holes would have made it any better. The holes gained (17th and 18th) are a nice way to end your round.

Overall, I was happy with my afternoon of golf. Not sure it would be worth £50, but if you can get it on a Hot Deal at £20 then go for it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Portrush valley links"


u1349845's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Spectacular!! A wonderful days golf. Had a balls up with my booking and pro was super helpful and sorted me out. There was alot of work going on as the open is next year but never stopped us from having a fantastic day out. Had to hit of matts on fairways which wasn't good and I feel totally unnecessary with it being a links. Tee box's, fairways and greens in great shape. Greens were very quick as expected. There was a few changes in the hole lay outs but other than a temporary green on the 15 th you wouldn't notice the changes. Facilities were average considering this course is part of royal portrush. I would like to see the royal being extended to this course but not effect the price which was super at £20. Will Deffo b back in the summer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



geoffreygood's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Winter Golf at The Links"


WIMCM's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great venue, weather benign, course in great order but when booked we we’re not told that mats were in use and 2 holes out of play. Will be back to enjoy again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Class"


rockrwl's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2017
First time playing Walked Cold weather

Reviewed on

Really enjoyable course which is possible to score on. played in the middle of winter and the condition was great. Don't remember seeing any fairway bunkers which was strange. If you get the opportunity do not hesitate to play here


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u008852280's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/20/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Really enjoyed this golf course, especially the par 3's, the course was in good condition and greens perfect, can't wait to play it again


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


"Great links course"


clemmc1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff fantastic and gladly made tea and coffee"to warm you up a bit" before and after play....despite the heavy rain the previous week course was great , rough not overly punishing as some links courses can be.... looking forward to another round in the future. Clem.


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


"fantastic linkscourse"


kunzel's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course. Rain was expected, but we hardly had any rain. There is always wind. Fantastic linkscourse. They changed two holes for The Open in 2019 to make space for the grandstand. If you would know you would not even see it. On my golfwatch I just skipped two holes. The 17th and 18th are new, but it looked like they were always like that. Great course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



t464950566's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"The ugly duckling at Royal Portrush gets a dramatic facelift"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
First time playing Walked Cold weather

Reviewed on

The Valley Links, home of the Rathmore Golf Club, has always been the overlooked links at the Royal Portrush Golf Club. All of its holes sit in the bottom of a bowl of dunes below the Dunluce Links - a proper symbol of its status.

And when the Dunluce Links needed more land for two new holes to be put in play at The Open in 2019, it stole from the Valley Links. What the Valley lost with the demolition of its fifth and sixth holes, it gained in four new or altered finishing holes designed by architect Martin Ebert.

The new 171-yard 15th hole drops off of a dune, playing directly into the wind. The extended 16th hole (the old 17th) has been stretched into a reachable par 5. The new 194-yard 17th hole finishes at a plateau green that was one of the original greens at the club still used as part of the pitch-and-putt Skerries nine. The round ends downwind with a new 333-yard, short par 4 that will leave your confidence soaring. The view from this tee might be the best view from any tee at Royal Portrush, cementing the Valley's legacy as one of the best links in all of Ireland, not just Northern Ireland.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Royal Portrush GC - Valley Links Course"


David1684852's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Alberta Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2015
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Unfortunately the Valley Links Course will always play in the shadows of the better known bright light at Portrush, the Dunluce Links. The Valley plays a bit shorter and a bit easier but the accomplishment of completing a good round on the Valley Course is just as satisfying. The elevation changes, rolling fairways set amongst dunes with native fescues, gorse brush, fast rolling greens, strategic bunkering and a steady breeze all make for ideal links conditions. Enthusiastic members, welcoming staff, good Guinness, brilliant golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




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