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Royal Portrush Golf Club, Northern Ireland, Senior British Open Championship 2004 host - one of the best links golf courses in the world.
Royal Portrush Golf Club, Northern Ireland, Senior British Open Championship host - one of the best links golf courses in the world.

Location of Royal Portrush Golf Club

View of Royal Portrush Golf Club

As you round the bend on the main road from Belfast to Portrush, Royal Portrush Golf Club suddenly unfolds before your eyes, set amongst tumbling dunes that run to the cliff's edge with the Atlantic Ocean pounding below. The 5th hole's flag flapping in the wind is the most inspirational sight a golfer will find.

The town of Portrush, County Antrim, is situated 60 miles north-west of Belfast and can be reached within one hours drive from Belfast International Airport and just ninety minutes from the ferry ports of Belfast and Larne.

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Local Places of Interest
But no trip to Northern Ireland would be complete without walking the Giant's Causeway or sampling the local brew in "Old Bushmills whiskey" distillery.Map

The Giant's Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Ireland's top tourist attractions. Formations of hexagonal basalt columns of varying sizes stretch out into the sea. The legend is that Finn McCool built the Causeway as a path to Scotland in order to take up a challenge from a rival Scottish giant!

At Bushmills, just four miles from Portrush, little has changed in the distilling of the famous whiskey since the licence to distil 'Old Bushmills' was granted 400 years ago. Visitors can tour the world's oldest legal whiskey distillery and sample the finest Irish Malt Whiskey.

There are plenty of other interesting places to visit as you journey along the coast from Belfast to Portrush. The nine Glens of Antrim unfold as you drive along the coastline from Belfast to Portrush. Famed in legend and song and wild in their beauty each Glen deserves a visit but don't miss Glenariff, the 'queen' of the glens with its gushing waterfalls and scenic path skirting the sheer sides of the plunging gorge.

For the more courageous there is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The bridge spans a chasm 60ft wide with a drop of 80 feet - not for the faint hearted! Dating back to the 14th century, Dunluce Castle (which gave its name to the Dunluce course at Royal Portrush) clings to a dramatic clifftop close to Portrush and is well worth a visit.

The Causeway Coast and Antrim Glens is a golfer's paradise as it boasts over 30 golf courses. You can walk in the footsteps of Arnold Palmer and Gary Player as you play the magnificent Royal Portrush.