I have been lucky enough to play the Dunluce at Portrush twice, this time as part of a tour encompassing Portstewart (Strand) and Castlerock, and I have to say that it was even better than I remembered. This is nothing short of a magnificent golf course. Fantastic layout, superb holes, excellent conditioning all come together to deliver a truly world class links experience. What is perhaps the most alluring element of the Dunluce however, is the playability of the course. Please don’t mistake me, this is a brute and requires straight, consistent ball striking if you are to score well. However one still feels that they can play well around it, which sometimes isn’t the case at places such as Carnoustie, RCD etc. Everything at Portrush is in front of you, with very few blind holes or shots, and each hole seems to set up wonderfully from the tee. This is in a different league to its neighbour at Portstewart (although that is still an excellent golf course), and should be prioritised for anyone visiting the area to play golf.
Date: April 14, 2015