Portrush hotel and golf resort offers first look inside

Five-star venue overlooking fourth green at Royal Portrush will open in the autumn, ahead of the following July’s 153rd Open

Dunluce Lodge
The new £16.5m Dunluce Lodge will open in the autumn

These are the first images of the north’s newest luxury five-star golf resort, which it has been confirmed will open in the autumn, ahead of the 153rd Open Championship returning to Royal Portrush in 2025.

The £16.5 million Dunluce Lodge, which will employ more than 80 people from the local area, is located on the edge of the fourth fairway at the world famous links course.

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Dunluce Lodge will be operated by hotel management company Valor Hospitality Partners, in partnership with the US based owners Links Collection

Offering 35 suites with a sumptuous eight-suite private lodge for larger parties, the hotel will also feature an onsite putting green, designed by golf architect Martin Ebert, as well as private transfers to the nearby helipad and to the clubhouses at Royal Portrush and Portstewart Golf Club.

Dunluce Lodge will be operated by hotel management company Valor Hospitality Partners, in partnership with the US based owners Links Collection, the same team behind the Seaton House hotel in St Andrews, which is set to open later this year.

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Inside one of the suits at the Dunluce Lodge

Dunluce general manager Stephen Meldrum - who left a similar role at Belfast’s Grand Central Hotel to take up this new position - said: “Dunluce Lodge will set a new standard as the definitive five-star location on the Causeway Coast.

“Overlooking the fourth fairway at Royal Portrush and facing the wild Atlantic Ocean, the location speaks for itself.

“From my very first conversations with Valor and Links, their vision has been clear - to deliver an unrivalled, refined experience that builds on Northern Ireland’s world-renowned reputation for sincere hospitality and deliver a resort that is intrinsically integrated with the local community.”

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How the rooms will look at Dunluce Lodge

Euan McGlashan, global co-founder and chief executive officer of Valor Hospitality Partners, said: “It’s a thrill to be working on this incredible project in such an area of outstanding natural beauty and on the edge of such an iconic golf course.

“Our wonderful owners have been intimately involved in all the design details, ensuring that their love of hospitality, golf, and Northern Ireland is projected into Dunluce Lodge which will stand proudly as the region’s only five-star hotel.”

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The new five-star hospitality venue overlooks the fourth hole at Royal Portrush

Jonathan Harper, managing partner of the Links Collection, said: “While Dunluce Lodge sits proudly beside Royal Portrush, it is also the perfect base for many other prestigious courses nearby.

“In addition to setting for the 153rd Open Championship, guests can also enjoy the nearby courses at Castlerock, Ballycastle, Portstewart, and Royal County Down.”