Royal Portrush Valley is a cracking course in own right and the layout and conditioning exceeded expectations. My group varied in ability from the scratch golfer to the high handicapper and it was fun and challenging which is the perfect combination. The mix of short and long par 4’s ensured that nearly every club in the bag was utilised and the par 3 holes were excellent. Greens and the surrounds were maintained beautifully and if the player missed the green they had plenty of options to recover by either running or lobbing the ball onto the surface. I cannot remember any weak holes but the standout holes were the 8th a mid length par 5 with and semi blind down hill approach to very undulating green. The 16th is another cracking par 5 which dog legs from left to right before you approach this raised green which has a false front which repels the ball off the green. If you are visiting Royal Portrush is would be a real shame if you did not make time to play the Valley course.
Date: October 21, 2020