Review by GolfEmpireEd of Royal Portrush Golf Club

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General impression10
Royal Portrush Golf Club Dunluce Links Course10
Royal Portrush Golf Club Valley Links Course8.5
Course maintenance9.5
Facilities9.5
Clubhouse9.5
Value for money9.5
Hospitality9.5
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9.6
About the review
Written on: 9 July 2018Played on: 27 June 2018
GolfEmpireEd review

I don’t think I would ever accept the notion that a golf course is perfect – not even The Old Course at St. Andrews – but boy does Royal Portrush come close. Tantalisingly close. To say I was completely and utterly blown away by the sheer quality and golfing aura that surrounds what will be the 2019 Open Championship venue is a gross understatement. Writing this review a week later I’m still struggling to come to terms with just how good the Dunluce Links is. I’ve been exceptionally fortunate to play all of the top links courses in the United Kingdom yet even in comparison to those placed in the very top echelon there is something about the links at Portrush, in County Antrim, which gives it an undefinable edge. It’s links golf in its most satisfying form. Royal Portrush can also boast a second course and a very fine one The Valley Links is too. Following an innocuous, but perfectly acceptable start, the round really gets going at the 6th from where we enjoy a run of holes until the 10th which are quite excellent. The 6th,7th and 8th in particular offer much shot-making opportunities - I simply loved the short par-four 7th ‘Cradle’ where you have a number options on how to find the putting surface with your approach and the 8th is a bamboozling long hole.

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GolfEmpireEd
GolfEmpireEd
30287 points
Expert
17 / 133,110
worldwide
1 / 4,732
United Kingdom
Total number of reviews:
310
Average review score:
8.0
Total number of photos added:
169
Member since:
28 March 2017
Home course :
Golf gear:
Titleist, Mizuno & STX
9.6
About the review
Written on: 9 July 2018Played on: 27 June 2018
General impression10
Royal Portrush Golf Club Dunluce Links Course10
Royal Portrush Golf Club Valley Links Course8.5
Course maintenance9.5
Facilities9.5
Clubhouse9.5
Value for money9.5
Hospitality9.5
GolfEmpireEd review

I don’t think I would ever accept the notion that a golf course is perfect – not even The Old Course at St. Andrews – but boy does Royal Portrush come close. Tantalisingly close. To say I was completely and utterly blown away by the sheer quality and golfing aura that surrounds what will be the 2019 Open Championship venue is a gross understatement. Writing this review a week later I’m still struggling to come to terms with just how good the Dunluce Links is. I’ve been exceptionally fortunate to play all of the top links courses in the United Kingdom yet even in comparison to those placed in the very top echelon there is something about the links at Portrush, in County Antrim, which gives it an undefinable edge. It’s links golf in its most satisfying form. Royal Portrush can also boast a second course and a very fine one The Valley Links is too. Following an innocuous, but perfectly acceptable start, the round really gets going at the 6th from where we enjoy a run of holes until the 10th which are quite excellent. The 6th,7th and 8th in particular offer much shot-making opportunities - I simply loved the short par-four 7th ‘Cradle’ where you have a number options on how to find the putting surface with your approach and the 8th is a bamboozling long hole.

clubs_1
clubs_1
clubs_1
clubs_1
16
Helpful?
GolfEmpireEd
GolfEmpireEd
30287 points
Expert
17 / 133,110
worldwide
1 / 4,732
United Kingdom
Total number of reviews:
310
Average review score:
8.0
Total number of photos added:
169
Member since:
28 March 2017
Home course :
Golf gear:
Titleist, Mizuno & STX
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