Portrush – Home of Golf
Portrush alone is home to one of the best Golf Courses in the world, Royal Portrush, host of the 2019 Open Championship and confirmed host of 2025 British Open, which grabs most of the attention in the golfing world.
Royal Portrush Golf Club is home to one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world, the Dunluce Links, and the hidden gem, the Valley Links. The only club in Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship, Royal Portrush is a members club which welcomes visitors all year round to face the challenges of its courses and to brave the testing conditions.
Founded in 1894 and redesigned by Willie Park jnr in the 1920’s this championship links course received its greatest makeover with the purchase of land known as “Thistly Hollow” in 1986. This enabled the club to build a stunning new seven holes through towering dunes and fabulous and natural links land. Designed by Des Giffin the Strand Course is the jewel in the Portstewart portfolio.
Ballyreagh Golf Club is located on the much-admired Causeway Coast. The Ballyreagh golf course is set in the lovely setting of the Portrush seaside and, as such, is one of the most beautiful courses in the North. Ballyreagh is a municipal links with views of the dramatic coastline from a large percentage of the holes.
Bushfoot, a wonderful testing links course. It is seaside links and, unsurprisingly, resides in an area of outstanding beauty. The club was founded in 1890 and has a number of challenging holes. The par three 7th, ringed by bunkers with out of bounds beyond, is a particular favourite with many while the blind approach at the third has been known to wreck a few good scores early doors. Visitors are welcome at all times except on competition days and there is also a small pitch and putt course open to visitors.
Set within the 210 Acres of Gracehill lays an 18-hole Parkland Golf Course which is surrounded by spectacular ponds and woodland throughout. Gracehill House was founded in 1775 and the golf course founded in 1995. It was designed by the talented Frank Ainsworth into a 72 Par American Style course with challenging obstacles such as water hazards and huge trees. Some of the greens are strategically placed near water hazards while other holes are played through mature woodland or over heathland, making Gracehill one of the few courses in Ireland to offer such variety. The modern clubhouse provides a warm and friendly atmosphere, scenic views of the course and a first class bar and restaurant.
Ballycastle Golf Club, founded in 1890, sits yards from the shoreline on the Causeway Coast, a spectacular stretch of golfing coastline of unsurpassed beauty. The golf course is one of the most scenic in Northern Ireland and has a multitude of personalities from tame parkland holes to wild links offerings and includes flat and low-lying holes and a back nine that launches you up into seaside hills that command panoramic views of the town of Ballycastle, Fair Head, Rathlin Island and on a clear day the Mull of Kintyre.