Royal Portrush Golf Club
The Irish Open Golf returns to Royal Portrush in 2012 and it is one of the most famous golf courses in the country. The course itself has a long and illustrious history and many believe that this is the the first step on the road to bringing the Open Championship back to Northern Ireland in the near future. As a course it has hosted Irish Opens, British Opens, Ladies tournaments and Amateur Championships so it is more than used to welcoming some of the best golfers in the world.
The success of the likes of Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke over recent years has put the spotlight back onto Portrush and there will be a bumper crowd for the Irish Open this season. The course is one of the most beautiful and challenging links courses in the world and will is sure to test the players who arrive at the end of June. There are two links courses at Royal Portrush with the Dunluce and the Valley Links among the best courses in the world.
The Irish Open Golf for this year will be played on the Dunluce Links which is measured as a 7143 yeards and was designed by Harry Colt. Golf Magazine ranked the Dunluce Links as the 12th best course in the world which highlights how highly it is regarded and it should be the perfect setting for the Irish Open.
In 2004 the course hosted the Senior British Open which was a clear success and players like Gary Player and Tom Watson have given it their seal of approval. Everyone at the course is delighted with the news that top class golf is returning to Northern Ireland and there is no doubt that Portrush is a worthy venue.