Royal St. David’s Golf Club, Harlech Wales
Royal St. David’s Golf Club, Harlech Wales Highlights
Royal Portrush Golf Club in Portrush, Northern Ireland is the only Irish golf course ever to host the Open Championship having done so in 1951. And now, having been accepted back onto the Open rotation, Royal Portrush Golf Club can now look forward to many more Open Championships! Royal Portrush Golf Club, for many years the most well-known golf course in Northern Ireland, sits in the shadow of the famous Dunluce Castle ruins, which can be seen clearly from the glorious and precarious green position on Royal Portrush’s par-4 5th. Much effort and expense has been made in the effort to keep this green from sliding into the sea, and thankfully Royal Portrush Golf Club has thus far been successful. The most famous hole at Royal Portrush Golf Club is the aptly named “Calamity Corner,” the par-3 14th, well over 200 yards to a green perched on the edge of a precipice, with anything short and right bounding miles down below, a sure double bogey or worse. Perhaps our favorite feature at Royal Portrush though is “The Tavern” next to the 10th tee, the world’s greatest halfway house, a fully-stocked bar complete with attendant, waiting to either strengthen you for the back nine, or ease your pain! It is not always open, alas, but if the Union Jack is flying, you may be without your caddies for a hole or two! The real secret at Royal Portrush Golf Club is the club’s other course, The Valley, rated by many in the top 5 in Northern Ireland, but played sparingly by visitors. Soon to have some holes revamped for inclusion in Royal Portrush Golf Club’s Open Championship layout, Royal Portrush Valley Course can be added to a day ticket for just a few additional quid, surely one of the best values in golf! The Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland is one of the most atmospheric in the British Isles, incredible courses like Royal Portrush notwithstanding. Make sure that on your trip to this part of Northern Ireland you visit Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills Distillery, and don’t forget to stop in at The Bushmills Inn!