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Royal Portrush Course Guide

Royal Portrush Course Guide

Hole 1 ‘Hughies’ 416 yards par four

A famously tough opening tee-shot for anyone. Danger lurks for wayward shots down both sides of the fairway and second shots are played uphill approach to an elevated green. Click here to see image…

Hole 2 ‘Giant’s Grave’ 528 yards par five

Off the very back tee it will leave a lengthy shot in for those going for it in two. That will bring bunkers left and in front of the green into play, but they might be a better option than ending up in deep rough either side. Click here to see image…

Hole 3 ‘Islay’ 174 yards par three

It looks an innocuous enough hole from the tee and should present few problems with players playing no more than an eight iron in. It’s a tricky green to read, though, and local knowledge might play dividends. Click here to see image…

Hole 4 ‘Fred Daly’s’ 479 yards par four

Even from the members’ tee, the hole named in honour of Portrush’s first major champion is lengthy and demanding. The fairway bunker must be avoided to leave any chance of a birdie. Click here to see image…

Hole 5 ‘White Rocks’ 411 yards par four

The white stone gives the hole its distinctive look and players should be able to carry them quite easily to leave a relatively short approach into the green. Click here to see image…

Hole 6 ‘Harry Colts’ 189 yards par three

Finding the large putting surface should not be a problem at less than 200 yards, but reading it is another matter entirely. It’s one of the most sloping greens on the Dunluce Links and requires careful consideration. Click here to see image…

Hole 7 ‘PG-Stevenson’s’ 431 yds par four

The radio mast or ‘Eiffel Tower’ to the locals shows the ideal line off the tee. A slight right to left dogleg on the approach with a couple of nasty bunkers guarding the approach. Click here to see image…

Hole 8 ‘Himalayas’ 433 yards par four

With a name like that it can only mean an undulating fairway when the luck of the bounce can be the difference between an easy approach and an impossible one. The fairway narrows dramatically on the approach to the green on the left to right dogleg. Click here to see image…

Hole 9 ‘Tavern’ 475 yards par five

The first of two very reachable par fives for the top players around the turn, although tee-shots still need to be accurate. Should yield quite a few eagles over the four days. Click here to see image…

Hole 10 ‘Dhu Varren’ 478 yards par five

Tee shots should favor the left side of the fairway but again the players will fancy their chances in reaching it in two all four days. Fives will feel like bogeys. Click here to see image…

Hole 11 ‘Feather Bed’ 191 yards par three

With a downhill tee-shot it will play shorter than the yardage to a generous target, although five bunkers guard the green to catch any injudicious shots. Click here to see image…

Hole 12 ‘Causeway’ 412 yards par four

A breath-taking looking hole, but probably a birdie opportunity for most of the field. No more than a three wood is normally needed for a good position for the approach shots. Click here to see image…

Hole 13 ‘Skerries’ 418 yards par four

One of the more generous fairways on the course and with a favorable bounce or two, most players will be left with nothing more than a wedge into the green. Click here to see image…

Hole 14 ‘Calamity’ 210 yards par three

Perhaps the most famous hole on the course and some would say in the world. Even uphill over 200 yards the players shouldn’t have too much trouble finding the putting surface, but hitting the right portion of the green for a birdie chance is another matter. Click here to see image…

Hole 15 ‘Purgatory’ 391 yards par four

The large black and white pole at the back of the green marks the ideal line and the biggest hitters might aim to get there in one. Perhaps the last out-and-out birdie opportunity on the course before the tough finish. Click here to see image…

Hole 16 ‘Babbington’ 442 yards par four

No need to lengthen what was already a formidable hole. The two fairway bunkers present the main challenge off the tee. The deep third 100 yards short of the green might catch out a few as well. Click here to see image…

Hole 17 ‘Glenarm’ 581 yards par five

Big Nellie’ the bunker carved menacingly into the hillside right off the the tee shouldn’t present top players with too many problems. But it still needs two big hits to reach the putting surface in two. Click here to see image…

Hole 18 ‘Greenaway’ 484 yards par four

A testing finishing hole requiring a very good drive. The approach to a large green is deceptively long and it will take a strong nerve to find a birdie there to win on Sunday evening. Click here to see image…

 

Total par 72  –  7,143 yards

 

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