Royal Portrush Golf Club is a County Antrim beauty that stands proudly on a rocky promontory, edging out into the Atlantic. Those who know it sing its praises, including Rory McIlroy. He hails its Dunluce course as “among my favourite places to play in Northern Ireland, and one of the truly great links".
If you’re looking for an excuse to play these links – other than it being the future host of The Open 2019, as well as being named by Golf Digest as the World Number 1 course outside the US – then whiskey could be the answer. That's because they've been distilling Old Bushmills just four miles down the road for hundreds of years. So when you’ve packed away your clubs on the 18th, make sure you make time for the 19th hole and a splash of the good stuff!
But Portrush isn't Northern Ireland's only heavy hitter. The Irish Open rocked into Portstewart in 2017, and according to Rory McIlroy, Portstewart Golf Links is “one of Northern Ireland's hidden gems". With three 18-hole golf courses along rocky shorelines, gorgeous strands and flowing rivers, it's no wonder it was chosen to host the event.