Royal Portrush is Darren Clarke?s ?home course? when he?s back in town. And there are two 18s here, the ?Dunluce? and the ?Valley?. The ?Dunluce? is rightly regarded as the premier layout having hosted an Open back in 1951 and a whole host of other prestigious comps over the years.

The course itself is a stiff test that makes you think hard on every shot – from the 1st with out of bounds BOTH sides of the fairway, right through to your final putt on 18th, which is the smallest and most tricky to read green on the course. Hard but fair is our assessment. Drive it straight and show a bit of nouse with good course management and you?ll be rewarded. Turn up and try to give it ?Charlie Large Potatoes? and it?ll destroy you. Don?t say you weren?t warned!

For most club members one outstanding course is golfing heaven, but for the lucky blighters at Royal Portrush, they have two. It really is no exaggeration to say the second course here, the ?Valley?, could justifiably warrant Championship status. Make time to play both and you won?t be disappointed.

Best Hole: Drive down towards the sea on the beautiful par-4 5th but hit it too far and you?ll end up on the beach.

Green Fees: Dunluce £90 – £110, Valley Course £32.50 – 37.50

Tel: 028 7082 2311

Web: www.royalportrushgolfclub.com