Discover Golf : Vol 17
The Dunluce Links is a stern test of golf and is routed through the rugged links land, which constantly changes in both direction and elevation. The front nine features one of golf’s most stunning par fours—the 349-metre 5th hole. Known as ‘White Rocks’, the exhilarating two-shotter offers dramatic views over the course and ocean from its elevated tee. The hole bends sharply to the right and requires a long carry over mounds of rough. Golfers who reach the fairway after a daring drive over the wide expanse of rough will be rewarded with a shorter approach to the green. On approach to the green, the best play is to leave the ball below the hole. Balls that overshoot the green will end up on the sand of the White Rocks beach, which lies just beyond the rear of the green. Once at the green, players can enjoy stunning views of Dunluce Castle. The back nine of the Dunluce Course boasts one of the most famous holes in golf! Named ‘Calamity Corner’, the 16th hole is a punishing 215-metre par three. It is located at the course’s highest point and exposed to the wind that blows in from the Atlantic. From the tee, players must carry the ball over an enormous ravine. Tee shots that miss the target to the right can fall as much as 100 feet below the green. The superb links course provides the ultimate challenge to score well. It will test every club in the bag. It will ask players to sacrifice distance for accuracy. And, when the wind is up, it will demand pure ball striking. There’s little wonder why the Dunluce Course at Royal Portush is considered one of the world’s best courses. FEATURE CHAMPIONSHIP | THE OPEN 6 Image credit: copyright Northern Ireland Tourist Board.