Now as the club prepares for the 2019 Open Championship, 'Open Doctors' Mackenzie & Ebert have been employed to ready the course for it's re-entry into the
Open Rota. The changes they have made incorporated using land formally used by the Valley Course – the second course at Portrush.
The Dunluce Course at Portrush has long been known as a stern test of golf, and a championship links of the highest calibre. In preparation for the 2019 Open Championship, the changes made have elevated the course to the top echelons of Open Championship courses. Closing holes 17 & 18 have been eliminated from the routing and two brand new holes (7 & 8) have been inserted employing land from the adjoining Valley course as well as unused land. Whilst the former holes were weaker because of the flatter terrain they traversed, the new holes are quite dramatic as they journey through the ups and downs of some wild dunes. On it's own this is a big improvement, but there is more upside with bunkers being added here and there to strengthen holes, a few new greens and the lengthening of a few holes.
The new Portrush is longer, stronger, more dramatic, more visual, and an even sterner test of golf. It should make for a wonderful 2019 Open Championship.
No doubt the Dunluce course will have more work done before the Open Championship. Nevertheless I am confident that the course itself will be one of the most impressive on the Open Rota – and therefore one of the best links courses in the world.
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.
Date: June 11, 2019