Royal Portrush Golf Club is home to one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world, the Dunluce Links, and the hidden gem, the Valley Links. The only club in Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship, Royal Portrush is a members club which welcomes visitors all year round to face the challenges of its courses and to brave the testing conditions.
The Valley Links, as the name suggests, lies between the East Strand and the higher ground of Dunluce Links, and is the traditional home course of Royal Portrush Ladies Branch, and Rathmore Golf Club whose members live in the Portrush area.
It is an outstanding links originally designed by Colt, and which has also undergone major changes under Martin Ebert’s supervision.
There is a new par-3 15th, par-3 17th and the par-4 18th where the tee box has the backdrop of the Skerries, a small group of rocky islands just off the shoreline, and also within sight of the birthplace of the late Fred Daly, who began his career as a Royal Portrush caddy before going on to win the 1947 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
Even though this course tends to be overshadowed by The Dunluce Links, the Valley has been critically acclaimed by visitors and golf writers from across the world. They hold the belief that no visit to Royal Portrush is complete without playing those 18 holes as well.