We started our NI-Scotland-Ireland golf trip by playing the great Royal Portrush. The host of the 2019 Open is currently getting a makeover which will highly improved the course as holes 17 & 18 will be replaced by the new 6th and 7th that, from what we saw (thanks for my drone!) look top class.
Even though, I was a bit disappointed by the opening (and still closing) holes, as well as one or two holes in the valley, I very much enjoyed the rest of the course. Of course, holes 5 and 13 offer amazing views of the Northern Ireland coast, but they make you feel the joy of a raw links experience. The colors were stunning, the wind was screaming and the journey was rightly underway!
One of the very interesting holes was the par 3 14th, uphill 202 yards with the wind forcing you to hit a full 3-wood or you'll have to beg for a mulligan!
Overall, it was a great experience, but I'd say that the makeover will make it earn its spot in the top 100 list.