We try to play five legendary shots at Royal Portrush as the Northern Irish links prepares to host its first Open Championship since 1951. How did our club golfers get on?

What happens when two club golfers try to take on a selection of legendary shots at Royal Portrush?

We asked Dan Murphy and Mark Townsend to do exactly that so that you can appreciate the scale of the challenge that awaits the game’s very best players during the 148th Open Championship.

Playing off handicaps of three and eight respectively, our men attempted to take on tasks that are frankly beyond their skillset such as:

  • Playing a delicate 60-yard pitch from a tight lie to a pin hidden behind the shoulder of a sand dune at the 4th, Fred Daly’s
  • Trying to drive the green, some 350 yards away, across the dogleg at the par-4 5th, White Rocks
  • Tackling the long second shot on the new par-5 7th, Curran Point, into the prevailing wind
  • Taking aim at the distant green, 235 yards away across a chasm into the wind, on the par-3 16th, Calamity Corner
  • Trying to save par at Calamity Corner having found Locke’s Hollow from the tee

Watch how they get on attempting these legendary shots at Royal Portrush…

Want more? You can watch the full video on our YouTube channel and see Dan tackling legendary shots at Carnoustie and Royal Birkdale too.

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Dan Murphy

Dan loves links golf, which doesn't mean he is very good at it. He is a three-handicapper at Alwoodley and has been the editor of NCG since 2007

Handicap: 3

Mark Townsend

Been watching and playing golf since the early 80s and generally still stuck in this period. Huge fan of all things Robert Rock, less so white belts. Handicap of 8, fragile mind and short game

Handicap: 8

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