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Royal Portrush Golf Club

The Royal Portrush Golf Club owns and manages two links courses at the popular resort town of Portrush in the County Antrim in Northern Ireland. The two links courses, especially the Dunluce Links is traditionally ranked at the very top of the best golf courses in the world. It is set on huge sand hills offering a spectacular views of the Hebrides, Donegal hills, Skerries and one of Northern Ireland’s greatest attractions – the Giant’s Causeway. Not far away is another Club’s gem – the Valley Links which is technically less demanding but any less enjoyable.

A Brief History of the Club and Importance for Northern Ireland’s Golf

The Royal Portrush Golf Club was created in 1888 as the Country Club. When four years later the Duke of York became its patron, it assumed the name the Royal Country Club. It finally assumed its present-day name – the Royal Portrush Golf Club in 1895 when its patron became the Prince of Wales and the later King Edward VII.

In 1892, the Club hosted the inaugural Irish Open Amateur Championship, while the Club also hosted the first professional championship in Ireland in 1907 when it was the venue of the Irish Professional Championship. Also, it was the first non-English links to host the British Ladies’ Championship in 1895. Altogether, the Royal Portrush Golf Club hosted over 50 national championship.

The Club’s Recent Championship History

The Open Championship, the oldest of all four major professional championships was hosted by the Royal Portrush Golf Club only once – in 1951. Four years earlier, Fred Daly (member of the Rathmore Golf Club which has its clubhouse at the first tee of the Valley Links) became the first Northern Irish golfer to win The Open Championship.

Other prominent championships hosted by the Club include the Senior British Open Championship from 1995 to 1999 and in 2004, the Palmer Cup in 2010 and the Irish Cup in 2012 which was held for the first time in Northern Ireland since 1953. Before that, the Royal Portrush Golf Club was the host of the Irish Open in 1947. Both the Club and the R&A confirmed that Portrush will again host the Amateur Championship in 2014, while the rumours about the Club being chosen as the venue of the 2018 Open Championship were denied. According to the R&A, the decision about the venue of the 2018 Open Championship hasn’t been made yet.