15 Royal Portrush (Dunluce

Architect: Colt
Stats: 6,658 yds, par 72, SSS 73
GF: £60-£140
Visitor information: Visitors welcome any day
W: royalportrushgolfclub.com
2008 Ranking: 16 (Up 1)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: Seven new tees
Clubhouse: None

The only course in Ireland to have hosted the Open, Royal Portrush plays out over an awe-inspiring area of duneland on the wild Antrim coast. The 5th is a fabulous par 4 out to a green above the beach, with the 14th, Calamity, a peerless yet bunkerless par 3. Seven new championship tees have recently been built to further strengthen the test.

Panellists’ comments: “An exhilarating test”; “Weak opening and closing holes, but the other 16 are truly magnificent”

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