More about Royal Portrush Golf Club
The course was originally founded with a single a 9-hole course, and was named The County Club. A year later it had 18-holes, and by 1895 was named The Royal Portrush Golf Club – the golf club we know today.
The course is universally considered one of the greatest both to play on and to view competition at. Golf Digest rated the course fourth best outside of the USA, and Golf Magazine ranked it twelfth overall in the World. Of links courses alone, it’s even more respected. There are few true links courses which are anywhere near to these historic prestige and wonderfully maintained courses.
Royal Portrush Hospitality
Royal Portrush will host The Open in 2019 and will be an ideal place to entertain guests. There will be three hospitality facilities available at the venue:
- The Champions Club
- The Claret Jug Pavilion
- The Claret Jug Suites.
These golf hospitality packages at Royal Portrush are situated in the stylish Open Hospitality Village. They each provide high-level hospitality to ensure you and your guests have a wonderful time at the Open, regardless of the occasion.
Ladies’ Golf Prestige
Royal Portrush is not only the only club outside of the UK mainland to have hosted The Open, but it was also the first outside of England to host the British Ladies’ Championship. It hosted this ladies golf competition first in 1895, and most recently held it a fifth time 100 years later in 1995. The course prides itself on being a champion of ladies golf, particularly in the early days when there was little money or support for it.
The next-door golf club, Rathmore, uses the same courses at Royal Portrush does, and the two clubs are intrinsically linked. Rathmore is the club of the local players, while most players coming from afar choose to patronise Royal Portrush Golf Club.
There are two courses at Portrush – the Dunluce Course, and the Valley Course. The Duncluse Course is considered to be the more challenging of the two, and is roughly 1,000 yards longer than the Valley Course.
The Valley Course is often used by juniors’ and ladies’ competitions, while men tend to compete on the Dunluce links.
British and Irish Golf Championships
Between British and Irish national golf championships, as well as international competitions, for both gentlemen and ladies, there have been over fifty championship events held and decided at Royal Portrush Golf Club.
The Irish PGA Championship has been held at Royal Portrush five times. This includes the inaugural competition in May 1907.
If you’re interested in The Open 2019, have a look at our Open tickets and hospitality or read blogs and The Open news.
Portrush isn’t a solely golfing town – there are many more reasons to go to the area.
A short trip along the Northern Irish coast is Dunluce Castle – used as the home of House Greyjoy in the Game of Thrones television series – as well as the famous ruins of Dunseverick Castle and Kinbane Castle. The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is nearby and hugely popular with both the more daring amongst us as well as photographers looking for a dramatic shot.
It’s also close to the famed Dark Hedges – a County Antrim road shrouded by an imposing canopy of ancient beech trees.
Perhaps most notable in the area by the town of Portrush is the Giant’s Causeway. A basalt rock formation which leads into the sea, seemingly in the direction of a similar formation in Scotland.
Golfing facilities at Royal Portrush Golf Club include two world-class links golf courses, a driving range, pitching and putting greens and caddie services. There is also a professional golf shop in the clubhouse, which is kept well stocked, and will be happy to arrange equipment hire and golfing tuition.
The general facilities at Royal Portrush Golf Club include dining facilities, which are open seven days a week, as well as on-site parking.