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How can such a small country create such incredible champions? Easy: everyone can play golf in Northern Ireland. For G-Mac, his home-town of Portrush has two clubs – the world-famous Royal Portrush, and the smaller, less celebrated Rathmore. McIlroy, introduced to golf at the age of two, could soon hit the ball 40 yards and became the youngest member of Holywood Golf Club at the age of eight!
Former Irish Open venue and venue for The Open 2019, Harry Colt-designed Royal Portrush stands proudly on a rocky promontory edging out into the Atlantic. Those who know it sing its praises, including Rory McIlroy. If you’re looking for an excuse to play the Dunluce links at Royal Portrush – other than it being consistently ranked amongst the best courses in the world – then whiskey could be the answer. That's because they've been distilling Old Bushmills just four miles down the road for the last 400 years. Okay, some 19th holes may not be as engrained in history, but the warmth of spirit is always present. So when you’ve packed away your clubs on the 18th, make sure you make time for the 19th hole.