Tuesday, April 1, 2003
Travel Tip: Northern Ireland
All three adjectives still apply to Portrush, but you can throw in mesmerizing, invigorating and hearty. This club, located about 40 miles north of Belfast, is as fulfilling a links golf adventure as you can ever hope to find.
Set upon land with less aggressive contouring than County Down, Portrush plays along the Atlantic Ocean on Northern Ireland’s northeastern most tip. It’s remarkable how often golfers who have played here comment on the quality of turf. But it’s true; the sand-based fescue provides an excellent surface to strike a golf ball. The massive and prevalent bunkers here are less pleasant from which to hit, especially the one they call “Big Bertha,” the aptly named giant that lurks on the right side of the 17th fairway.
When To Go:
Prime travel season is April through October. However, winters are relatively mild, but with a greater chance of rain.
+44 (0) 28 2073-2339
Slieve Donard Hotel
+44 (0) 28 4372 3681
Direct flights into Belfast from all major East Coast cities. Preferred airlines are British Airways, Continental and American Arilines.
Northern Ireland Tourist Board
St. Anne’s Court, 59 North Street
Belfast BT1 1NB
+44 (0) 28 9023 1221
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