on the back of the recent upgrades by Mackenzie and Ebert, which include two sparkling new holes (7 & 8). These are modern masterpieces that have comfortably, almost seamlessly, slotted in to the overall rhythm of the course. The two holes that have been lost are the old 17th and 18th which will now be used for the tented village during the Open. Yes, regrettably, the famous ‘Big Nellie’ bunker on 17 has been lost but Martin Ebert added his own version of the giant sand trap to the new 7th during the design stages.
|The 18th green will be surrounded on three sides by grandstands.|
|Views over the edge of the 13th green to the 17th green... and on up to|
the 18th tee boxes.
|The new 7th (on the right) and 8th holes complement Harry Colt's|
design elegantly and dramatically.
|The approach to the par four 15th and one of the course's most|
mesmerising green complexes.
|Views down the 11th hole at Royal Portrush|
|The famous Calamity Corner par three is now the 16th (it used to be 14)|
and will undoubtedly play a huge part in who wins the Open.
|The new par five 7th hole. It's a beast of 590 yards|
|Views over Calamity Corner's greens to the Valley course below.|