Portrush is a town known by many as the Major Golf Capital of the World with the likes of Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Fred Daly all hailing from this picturesque place just moments from the Giants Causeway.

Having started as a nine hole course as The County Club in 1888, the course quickly expanded to the full 18 holes in 1889, becoming The Royal County Club in 1892 with The Duke of York as its patron, before becoming the more familiar Royal Portrush Golf Club in 1895 with The Prince of Wales as patron. With both the Dunluce and Valley courses designed by famed golf architect Harry Colt, its easy to see why so many flock to this part of the world in seek of Championship golf, buoyed by a requirement for accurate driving and course management against a range of elevated greens with sharp runoffs.

Darren Clarke on Portrush

There are many challenging holes here, one that most people will remember would be 14 which is called Calamity, its about 220 yards to the middle of the green off the back tee, invariably there’s wind blowing in different directions, so it can be anything from a driver to 5-iron for me, its a particularly challenging hole amongst a lot of other good ones


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The resident golf geek at Your Golf Travel. Have been lucky enough to have travelled far and wide playing golf and if I’m not writing about it at work, you will probably find me hacking it around my local course. Owner of 2 holes in one and some of the most crooked drives you have ever seen!

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