Golf in Northern Ireland: Royal Portrush GC Review

A view of the new 572 yards par 5,7th © Northern Ireland Tourism/Rob Durston

A view of the new 572 yards par 5,7th © Northern Ireland Tourism/Rob Durston

Royal Portrush Golf Club

The Open at Portrush was the quickest sell out in the history of the championship and when new tickets were release they all got snapped up within an hour and all practice days are sold out. The excitement here is palpebral and I can feel it as we pull through the gate, one of the first things I noticed on the drive in was the amount of classy little chalets that have been built around the area with their own barbeque decks they are certainly banking on Portrush being back on The Open rota permanently.

The first few holes have not changed with the opening hole being played uphill to a very tricky green, the first of the two par 3s comes at the 3rd hole, but it’s the 6th named Harry Colt after the original designer that will test the pros, anything short will see the ball rolling off into thick grass from this raised green.

Just stepping back one hole will be a risk and reward hole for the pros, standing on the tee I am aiming at the far bunker on the left of the fairway, but I am sure a lot of the professionals will be going for the green and as I walk down the fairway I can see the R&A are growing the grass just short of the green on that line and it is already looking thick and should make interesting viewing.

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ABOUT: James Mason

James Mason is a contributing writer for Golf Monthly magazine, producing destination reviews, technical and equipment reviews and blogs. He was also part of the judging panel for the 2010 Top 100 courses in Great Britain and Ireland. James has written equipment reviews and technical features for Greenside magazine, destination features for Golf World and Going for Golf magazines and interviews for Middle East Golfer.

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