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Venue Info

Venue
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Royal Portrush Golf Club
Dunluce Road
Portrush
Co. Antrim
Northern Ireland
BT56 8JQ

Tel: +44 (0) 28 7082 2311

Website: www.royalportrushgolfclub.com

      Antonia Beggs
Championship Director
The European Tour
Wentworth Drive
Virginia Water
Surrey
GU25 4LX
England
Tel: + 44 (0)1344 840 400
Fax: +44 (0)1344 840 500
Email: abeggs@europeantour.com

Course Info

Greens
Type of grass - mixture of Fescue, Bent and Annual Meadow Grass
Height of cut - 4mm
Speed / stimpmeter reading - target speed 10' (Monday before event 9'9")
Any specific comments - a recent extensive programme of Rye grass removal on greens and surrounds has been successful

Fairways
Type of grass - mixture of Fescue, Bent and Annual Meadow Grass
Height of cut - 10mm
General width and contouring - 40 yards (average)

Tees / collars
Type of grass - mixture of Fescue, Bent and Annual Meadow Grass
Height of cut - 8mm

Rough
Type of grass - mixture of Fescue, Bent and Annual Meadow Grass with some areas of coarse grasses like Yorkshire Fog
Height of cut - semi 32mm, rough unmaintained

Weather
Weather in advance - poor spring growth conditions, heavy rain recently with 48mm on the Friday before the event
Forecast for tournament - rain Thursday and Friday, windy weekend

Course
Opened - Established 1888
Course designer - Harry Colt designed the Dunluce Course in 1929
Special features - 5th hole has a heavily undulating green perched on the edge of a large drop down to the beach with views across the White Rocks beach and the Dunluce Castle, while 14th hole named ‘Calamity Corner’ is played to a green over a huge ravine with mounds and hollows to the back and left of the green. 
General playability - classic links course
Undulating / flat - undulating
Tree lined / exposed - exposed
Many / few water hazards - limited number of lateral water hazards
Changes to the course - Championship tees have been built over the last few years: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th & 17th

Other features
- Royal Portush has two links courses, the Dunluce Links (The Irish Open Course) and the Valley Course.  It is sited on a particularly beautiful stretch of the North Antrim Causeway Coast. Constructed in an area of natural dune land with limestone cliffs on its Eastern side, Royal Portrush occupies a triangle of giant sand hills with views of the hills of Donegal to the West with the Isle of Islay and the Southern Hebrides to the North. The course is overlooked by the ruins of the 13th century Dunluce Castle, which gives its name to the Dunluce course.
- The Dunluce Course is recognised by many as one of the finest Links Courses in the world. 
- The Irish Open was staged here in 1930, 1937 & 1947, The Open Championship in 1951 and since then the Senior British Open Championship between 1995-1999 and again in 2004.

Card of Course

Royal Portrush GC


HoleParYardsMetres HoleParYardsMetres
14416380 105478437
25528483 113191175
33174159 124412377
44479438 134418382
54411376 143210192
63189173 154391358
74431394 164442404
84433396 175581531
95475434 184484443
Out3635363233 In3636073299
7271436532


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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1DONALDSON, JamieWAL18-18
T2CABRERA-BELLO, RafaESP18-14
T2ZANOTTI, FabrizioPAR18-14
T2WALL, AnthonyENG18-14
T5LUNDBERG, MikaelSWE18-13
T5FOSTER, MarkENG18-13

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