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68 years in the making, Royyal Portrush is ready.

A hole-by-hole guide to what the world's best will face when they arrive to take on Portrush's Dunluce links, updated by renowned golf course designer Martin Ebert (below), on Northern Ireland's Antrim coast Hole 1 'HugHies' 421 yards par four A tough opening tee shot for anyone, probably with a fairway wood or long iron. Danger lurks for any wayward shots left and right of the fairway, and second shots are played uphill approach to an elevated green.

Hole 2 'giant's grave' 574 yards par five Off the Championship tee, it will leave a lengthy shot in for those having a crack at the green in two. Bunkers left and in front of the green are very much in play, but they might be a better option than ending up in deep rough either side.

Hole 3 'islay' 177 yards par three Looks innocuous from the tee and should present relatively few problems. However, it's a tricky green to read.

Hole 4 'Fred daly's' 482 yards par four Hole named in honour of Portrush's first Major champion is lengthy and demanding. Fairway bunker to the left must be avoided if a birdie is to be recorded.

Hole 5 'WHITE rocks' 374 yards par four The white stones give the hole its name, and players should be able to carry them quite easily to leave a reasonably short second.

Hole 6 'Harry colt's' 194 yards par three Finding the large green shouldn't prove much of a problem, but reading it is another matter. It's one of the most-sloping greens on the course and needs your full attention.

Hole 7 'curran Point' 592 yards par five First of a pair of new holes added for The Open. Playing uphill, the tee shot is intimidating. "Wee Nellie" bunker makes the left side of the fairway the safest play. Go too far left, though, and a devilish little pot bunker will collect your chances of scoring under par.

Hole 8 'dunluce' 434 yards par four The second new addition and, depending on the prevailing wind, players will decide to lay up short of a pair of bunkers or fly them. But this makes it a very narrow landing zone to hit the fairway. The percentage shot is to lay up, leaving a mid-iron into the green Hole 9 'Pg-stevenson's' 432 yards par four The radio mast - or 'Eiffel Tower' to the locals - shows the ideal line off the tee. A slight right to left dogleg on the approach, with a couple ing of nasty bunkers guardithe approach.

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ave r a een ip in en' Hole 12 'dHu varre 532 yards par five Tee shots should favour left side of the fairway, bagain the players will fatheir chances in reachinr the but ancy ng it in two. Pars will feel like bogeys to the big boys.

Hole 13 'FEATHER BED' 194 yards par three With its downhill tee-shot, it will play shorter than the yardage suggests to its generous target. However, five bunkers surrounding the green will catch any misplaced tee shots.

Hole 14 'Causeway' 473 yards par four A visually stunning hole, but probably a birdie chance for the game's best. No more than a fairway metal is needed to secure a good position for the approach shots.

Hole 15 'skerries' 426 yards par four One of the more-generous fairways on the course and, for the bombers, a chance to leave them with nothing more than a wedge into the green.

Hole 16 'CalamiTy Corner' 236 yards par three Perhaps the most famous hole on the course. Despite its length, it shouldn't present too much trouble to finding the putting surface, but hitting the right portion of the green for a birdie chance is another matter.

Hole 17 'PurgaTory' 408 yards par four The large black-and-white pole at the back of the green guides you into the green. The last out-and-out birdie opportunity on the course.

Hole 18 'BABBINGTONs' 474 yards par four The two fairway bunkers are the main challenge off the tee on this left-to-right dogleg, while cross bunkers short of the green might catch out the unwary.

Total: 7,344 yards. Par 71.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Sunday Post (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Jul 14, 2019
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