The Portland Course was opened in June 1895 although it was only in 1924 that the name was changed from the Relief Course. In more recent times, the qualifying rounds for the European Open in 1979 were played over the Portland Course. Although it's considerably shorter than its Open-holding sister and more inland, the Portland Course provides a satisfyingly experience to the higher handicapper who may find the Old Course at Royal Troon too tough.
Each hole twists and turns through traditional gorse and broom-lined fairways over firm, crisp terrain in the relative shelter of the Old Course. The Portland is made up of two loops of nine holes each, with four par-3’s on the front nine and four of its five par-5s on the back. While this links track may seem easy enough on the scorecard, do watch out for the par-4 6th and the short par-4 17th, with a burn running down the left hand side which has wrecked many a scorecard.
- Year of Opening - 1895
- Designer - William Fernie & Dr Alister MacKenzie
- Par - 71
- Holes - 18
- Length - 6274 Yards