Royal Portrush Progress

New bunker complete (open 18th)

Bunker rebuild 11th green (feather bed)

Tooth found while bull dozing sand through new 8th fairway, any ideas what it belonged to??

New Valley 18th fairway, amazing to still get growth and establishment in December 

Dr Ian McClements inspecting root development in newly turfed Valley 15th green (9 weeks old)

6 thoughts on “Royal Portrush Progress

  1. A group of us are planning a return to Royal Portrush in Sept. 2016 and we were wondering what will be the availability for play on both courses since there is a lot of reconstruction taking place to get ready for The Open. I would understand that the new holes (7&8) may not be ready, but since there are new greens going in on some holes will they be ready for play come September?


    • Hello Jim, yes all new work will be open and ready for play by late spring and in good condition for your visit. The 2 new holes for Dunluce will still be under construction until March/April so the cannot be ready until the 2017 season meaning that the current 17th and 18th will remain part of the Dunluce course until then.
      Hope this helps.


      • Thanks for the reply. As for the greens being reconstuctured, which ones are they and presumably will they be ready? To note, this is my favorite course that I have played and that I live 5 miles from Bethpage Black, site of two U.S. Opens that I have played at least 50 times over the years, not to mention Winged Foot and National Golf Links and Maidstone. To note, Long Island Golf is the best in the U.S.


  2. Hi Jim,

    The existing greens which have been reconstructed are the 2nd, 3rd and 8th. The second has moved 50yds further back making the hole a stronger par5. The 3rd has been rebuilt due to poor original construction and will now be consistent with the other greens (shape remains very similar only slightly wider).
    The 8th was the only green on the course which was not Harry Colt design and this was quite apparent in the lack of movement on the surface. This has been recontoured with Colt style on mind.
    The greens should be ready by late spring but with cool season grasses, especially links, establishment is very weather dependant. It would be worth calling the club before your visit to check on progress and playing conditions.
    Hope you have a good season and we look forward to welcoming your group in September.


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