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British Open 2019: Royal Portrush, a hole-by-hole tour

July 11, 2019
Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

during the final round of the 2018 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews on October 7, 2018 in St Andrews, Scotland.

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One of the world's best links courses returns to the Open rota, with Royal Portrush hosting golf's oldest major championship for the first time since 1951. Portrush, ranked No. 7 in Golf Digest's latest World 100 ranking, has a great lineage—its original design was done by Old Tom Morris, then it was reworked by H.S. Colt in the 1930s, with a new routing created. More recently, architect Martin Ebert added two new holes (the sixth and seventh) using land from Portrush's neighboring Valley course to replace its previously weaker 17th and 18th holes.

"The course's greatest strength is its setting," Ebert told Golf Digest's Mike Stachura. "The dramatic elevation changes lead to exhilarating shots."

Other than those changes, the remaining 16 holes are largely the same played over the 1951 Open. Sixty-eight years later, an even stronger links will host just the second Open Championship not on Scottish or English soil.

Here's a look at every hole at Royal Portrush:

No. 1, par-4 421 yards:

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

during the final round of the 2018 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews on October 7, 2018 in St Andrews, Scotland.

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(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)


No. 2, par-5 574 yards:

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 12: A view of the second shot on the 572 yards par 5, second hole 'Giant's Grave' at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on September 12, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

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David Cannon/R&A

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 10: An aerial photograph of the green on the par 5, second hole 'Giant's Grave' with the 12th 13th,14th and 17th holes immediatley behind on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the host venue for the 2019 Open Championship on October 10, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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No. 3, par-3 177 yards:

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General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 12: The green on the 174 yards par 3, third hole \'Islay\' with the 418 yards par 4, 15th hole \'Skerries\' behind in the distance at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on September 12, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

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No. 4, par-4 482 yards:

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 10: An aerial photograph from behind the green looking back to the tee on the par 4, fourth hole 'Fred Daly's' on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the host venue for the 2019 Open Championship on October 10, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland.

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(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 02: The 479 par 4, fourth hole 'Fred Daly's' at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on July 2, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland.

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(Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)


No. 5, par-4 374 yards:

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General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 03: A view from the tee on the 382 yards par 4, fifth hole 'White Rocks' on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on July 2, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland.

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(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 03: A view from the tee on the 382 yards par 4, fifth hole 'White Rocks' on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on July 2, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland.

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(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 10: An aerial photograph of the par 3, sixth hole Harry Colts' to the right and the par 4, fifth hole 'White Rocks' to the left on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the host venue for the 2019 Open Championship on October 10, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland.

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(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)


No. 6, par-3 194 yards:

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 10: An aerial photograph of the par 3, sixth hole Harry Colts' to the left and the approach to the green on the par 4, fifth hole 'White Rocks' to the right on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the host venue for the 2019 Open Championship on October 10, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon

David Cannon

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 12: A view from behind the green on the 189 yards par 3, sixth hole 'Harry Colt's' at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on September 12, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon/R&A

David Cannon/R&A


No. 7, par-5 592 yards:

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 10: An aerial photograph looking back down the beach from the green on the par 5, seventh hole 'Curran Point' on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the host venue for the 2019 Open Championship on October 10, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland.

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(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 12: The 590 yards par 5, seventh hole 'Curran Point' at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on September 12, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland.

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(Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)


No. 8, par-4 434 yards:

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 10: An aerial photograph of the approach to the greens on the par 4, eighth hole 'Dunluce' to the left and the par 4, 10th hole 'Himalayas' to the right on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the host venue for the 2019 Open Championship on October 10, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon

David Cannon

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 03: The 430 yards par 4, eighth hole 'Dunluce' on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on July 3, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon

David Cannon


No. 9, par-4 432 yards:

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 12: A rainbow forms behind the green on the 431 yards par 4, ninth hole 'Tavern' with the 418 yards par 4 15th hole 'Skerries' in the distance at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on September 12, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon/R&A

David Cannon/R&A


Inward nine:

No. 10: par-4 447 yards:

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 12: A view of the green on the 456 yards par 4, 10th hole 'Himalayas' with the green on the eighth hole behind to the left at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on September 12, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon/R&A

David Cannon/R&A


No. 11, par-4 474 yards:

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 03: A view from behind the green on the 475 yards par 4, 11th hole 'P.G.Stevenson's' as the sun rises on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on July 3, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon/R&A

David Cannon/R&A


No. 12, par-5 532 yards:

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 02: The 530 yards par 5, 12th hole 'Dhu Varren' on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on July 2, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon/R&A

David Cannon/R&A

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 02: The 530 yards par 5, 12th hole 'Dhu Varren' on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on July 2, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon/R&A

David Cannon/R&A


No. 13, par-3 194 yards:

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 02: A view from the tee on the 191 yards par 3, 13th hole 'Feather Bed' with the green and approach on the par 4, 17th hole 'Purgatory' behind on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on July 2, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon/R&A

David Cannon/R&A


No. 14, par-4 473 yards:

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 03: A view of the large bunker protecting the left hand side of the green on the 470 yards par 4, 14th hole 'Causeway' with the ninth green behind on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on July 3, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon/R&A

David Cannon/R&A


No. 15, par-4 426 yards:

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 03: A view from the third green of the 418 yards par 4, 15th hole 'Skerries' on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on July 3, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon

David Cannon

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 10: An aerial photograph of the par 4, 15th hole 'Skerries' on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the host venue for the 2019 Open Championship on October 10, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon

David Cannon

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 12: A view of the green on the 418 yards par 4, 15th hole 'Skerries' at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on September 12, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon/R&A

David Cannon/R&A


No. 16, par-3 236 yards:

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

Aerial Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 10: An aerial photograph of the green on the par 3, 16th hole 'Calamity Corner' on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the host venue for the 2019 Open Championship on October 10, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon

David Cannon

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 02: The view from the tee on the 236 yards par 3, 16th hole 'Calamity' on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on July 2, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon/R&A

David Cannon/R&A

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 12: A view from behind the green on the 236 yards par 3, 16th hole 'Calamity Corner' at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on September 12, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon

David Cannon


No. 17, par-4 408 yards:

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 12: A view of the approach to the green on the 405 yards par 4 17th hole 'Purgatory' with the 13th green behind at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on September 12, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon/R&A

David Cannon/R&A


No. 18, par-4 474 yards:

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 03: A view of the green on the 473 yards par 4, 18th hole 'Babington's' on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on July 3, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon

David Cannon

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

General Views of Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 03: The approach to the green on the 473 yards par 4, 18th hole 'Babington's' on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue for The Open Championship 2019 on July 3, 2018 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon

David Cannon


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