Please be advised that this exhibition has now been cancelled due to COVID-19.

A group of gentlemen set about, in 1888, to form a Golf Club in Portrush which in 1895 became the Royal Portrush Golf Club. Over the next 130 years the Club staged over 50 National Championships and in 1951 was the first course outside Great Britain to stage the Open Golf Championship.

The story of golf in Portrush is the subject of “The History of Golf Exhibition” in the Town Hall Portrush from 27th July to the 21st of August. The Exhibition is jointly run by Council’s Museum Services / Portrush Heritage Group and supported by Royal Portrush Golf Club.

Portrush owes a significant part of its renown to golf, which helped convert it from a once quiet fishing village into a world-famous holiday resort. The extension of the railway to Portrush in 1855 brought an influx of visitors who had witnessed golf being played. A group of gentlemen set about, in 1888, to form a Golf Club in Portrush. This club, which in 1895 became the Royal Portrush Golf Club (RPGC), fostered the ascendancy of golf in the town with new Guest Houses and Hotels springing up. Over the next 130 years RPGC staged over 50 National Championships and in 1951 was the first course outside Great Britain to stage the Open Golf Championship.

The Portrush Golf Story is a reflection of the social change which has occurred in recent times in Golf. Golf today is open to all who wish to take-up the sport and Royal Portrush is facilitating this through Courses for Junior Golfers, which are open to all comers. However the Heritage of Golf story, up to now, has been mainly hidden in Publications prepared by the Local Golf Clubs. It is this story that will be brought to the wider community through the History of Golf Exhibition which will run in the Town Hall in Portrush from the 27th July to the 21st of August, 11am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. The Exhibition is jointly run by Council’s Museum Services / Portrush Heritage Group and supported by Royal Portrush Golf Club.