15 June 2019
Get to Know the Open Venue
To mark the historic return to Northern Ireland of the oldest major champion-ship after nearly 70 years, Royal Portrush Golf Club has made some changes, in-cluding adding two new holes.
The legendary Royal Portrush Golf Club that was founded in 1888 has two champion-ship courses, the renowned Dunluce Course and the smaller but equally enjoyable Valley Course. Both courses come complete with impressive vistas across the North Atlantic with breathtaking views of Scotland and Donegal.
The Dunluce Course, which was designed by Harry Colt, was host to the first ever Open Championship held in Ireland. Only two players managed to break 70 during the tournament, including the winner Max Faulkner who took the trophy home with his total of 285 (3-under).
The greens of Royal Portrush are scattered among the huge sand dunes above the Antrim Coast and are flanked by expansive views of the ocean, cliffs, and neighbor-ing islands. There are two signature holes: the par-4 5th hole, named White Rocks, which climbs to a green at the very edge of a cliff, and the 14th hole, a 210-yard, uphill, into-the-wind par-3, aptly named Calamity Corner.
Preparations for the prestigious 148th Open Championship are well underway; once finished, the Dunluce will be 200 yards longer with the addition of a few new bun-kers to bring the total to 62. Two new holes, the 7th and 8th, have been designed especially in anticipation of the event. These two holes will replace the current 17th and 18th holes that will not be used for The Open. The current 16th, a suitably stern par-4, will now be the final hole. The 7th will be a nearly 600-yard par-5, while the par-4 8th is a mid-length dogleg right. Meanwhile, six of the holes have new tees and several new bunkers have been introduced including five on the 7th hole and three on the 8th green.