DUNLUCE LINKS

The Dunluce Links is rated as one of the most challenging and spectacular links courses in the world. The Links is named after the nearby ruins of the medieval Dunluce Castle located on the edge of a basalt outcropping overlooking the sea between Portrush and Portballintrae.

The original architect was the famed Harry Colt who produced a breathtaking golf links opening up views of the Atlantic Ocean. In 2015, in for the hosting of The Open in 2019, redesign works commenced under the stewardship of Martin Ebert. For the next 18 months, the shifting sands gave way to the building of five new greens, eight new tee boxes, 10 new bunkers and the creation of two new holes, the 7th and 8th, on land which was once part of the Valley Links.

The result is a magnificent layout providing a fair and scenically stunning challenge for golfers to enjoy.

COURSE GUIDE

Par 4 Index 11/9 416 382 329
Pro Tip
Unless against the wind my advice is to take a 3 wood or long iron for your opening tee shot.

Par 5 Index 5/3 572 536 515
Pro Tip
The longer hitter will have to decide whether or not to take on the cross bunkers with the second shot.

Par 3 Index 17/17 174 145 129
Pro Tip
Everything tends to break in from the right side of the green.
Par 4/5 Index 1/7 479 455 412
Pro Tip
A real Par 4 1/2! Drive to the right of the big bunker to give you every chance of getting there in two.
Par 4 Index 15/13 382 379 335
Pro Tip
A longish carry over the mounds to the right of the white stone will be rewarded with a much shorter approach to the green.
Par 3 Index 7/15 189 185 157
Pro Tip
Usually requires a well struck long iron or fairway wood.
Par 5 Index 3/1 590 552 466
Pro Tip
A real three shotter. Drive left of the big bunker and you’ll be in good shape.
Par 4 Index 13/11 430 410 314
Pro Tip
Left should be avoided at all costs! The safe line from the tee is to the right of the bunkers.
Par 4/5 Index 9/5 431 418 409
Pro Tip
Drive to the left of the first bunker to give you every chance of reaching the green in two.
Par 4 Index 12/14 456 363 328
Pro Tip
Unless against the wind a 3 wood or long iron over or just left of the white stone will put you into ideal position.
Par 5 Index 8/4 475 472 428
Pro Tip
A well struck drive in the fairway can bring the green into view.
Par 5 Index 4/10 530 499 451
Pro Tip
Keep your drive down the left side of the fairway to avoid the bunkers on the right.
Par 3 Index 18/18 191 165 141
Pro Tip
Everything tends to break from front right to back left on this green.
Par 4 Index 2/2 470 386 366
Pro Tip
Avoid the big bunker to the left of the green at all costs.
Par 4 Index 14/6 418 370 362
Pro Tip
Drive up the right hand side of the fairway for the best view of the green.
Par 3 Index 6/16 236 202 167
Pro Tip
One of the most famous holes in golf! Take plenty of club and hit for the back left of the green.
Par 4 Index 16/12 405 360 353
Pro Tip
Aim for the big black and white pole behind the green.
Par 4 Index 10/8 473 426 377
Pro Tip
Drive left of the two bunkers for the best line into the green.