Port Patrick – Dunskey
The Dunskey Course is a beautifully presented 18-hole, 5913 yard Par 70 course and sets a fair challenge for golfers of varying abilities. The Dunskey course offers spectacular views and a mixture of rolling moorland and seaside heath, at around 150 feet above sea level.
The 13th hole is par 4 perfection with truly exceptional views that, on a clear day, offer glimpses of Ireland, Mull of Kintyre, Isle of Man and Cumbria across the water. The path to the left marks the first stage of the Southern Upland Way, Scotland’s coast to coast footpath. The green is often driveable but the percentage shot is a long iron down the left side, then aim to the right of the pin with your approach.
Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club offers an undulating links-type layout, which is a challenge to all levels of golfers, especially when the fierce wind blows from across the Irish Sea. It is a mixture of rolling moorland and seaside heath.
The 11th hole, 138 yards from the forward tee, can be especially challenging, depending on wind direction, requiring anything from a 9-iron to a driver.
The 285-yard 13th hole, justly remembered as the signature hole, is known for its breathtaking view across the sea to Ireland. From the tee, which overlooks the North Channel, one can see the Irish coast, Mull of Kintyre and, to the south, the Isle of Man. It is all-downhill, and the backdrop is Sandeel Bay and the rocky coastline.
One of Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club’s well-kept secrets is the excellent nine-hole, Par-3 Dinvin Course, which takes about an hour to play. It is ideal for the golfer looking for a quick round or the beginner who isn’t quite ready for 18 holes.