As Royal Portrush golf club sneaks into view from around a curve in the County Antrim coast road, the sight is unforgettable. Emerald green fairways glimpsed between shaggy-topped sand dunes, the great headland of Inishowen contrasting vividly with the low line of the Skerries and the sea beyond.
Ping i15 Driver
The fade-biased design of the PING i15 Driver meets the needs of golfers who place a high priority on working their tee shots. The traditional pear -shaped 460cc titanium head is engineered with a bulge crown design and deeper face to optimize energy transfer for greater ball speed and the solid feel preferred by better golfers. Internal weighting reduces spin and the hosel is positioned slightly back from the face to help promote tour-preferred trajectories and control. Its titanium carbon finish provides a sleek and optically pleasing appearance.
Portrush is home to one of the most glorious stretches of links land in all of Ireland. Along with Portstewart, Castlerock and Ballycastle, it comprises one of four of the most natural courses you're ever likely to find almost shoulder to shoulder - a necklace of golf's finest gems.
'Fire away lads,' says the starter as I study the course guide and nervously draw a 3-wood from the bag. Royal Portrush throws down the gauntlet from the first tee of the famed Dunluce course. Established in May 1888 and included in every list of the world's top 100, the Dunluce has long been regarded as one of the greatest tests of a golfer's skill. Had it been more suitable in other respects for staging a modern Open Championship, it would certainly have held more than the one in 1951, when the eccentric Max Faulkner lifted Claret Jug.
Ping i15 Irons
In the design of the i15 Iron, PING engineers focused on the better player who prefers an iron set that offers the control to play a variety of shots. Created as a progressive set, the longer irons are larger for more forgiveness and higher trajectories, while the mid and short irons transition slightly smaller to ensure more workability and control on approach shots.
But it's not only classic courses that reign supreme here. Steeped in myth and legend, inhabited by giants, ghosts and banshees wailing through the sea mist, the Causeway Coast is one of the most dramatic in the British Isles and home to the spectacular Giant's Causeway as well as legendary Irish hospitality.
More recently it has found further fame as the course adjacent to where Graeme McDowell lives and learned his golf on the way to US Open glory and Ryder Cup immortality. Darren Clarke, too, earned his plus four handicap here as an amateur.
Ping i15 Fairway Woods
Developed for better golfers who rely on the distance and versatility of a fairway wood, the PING i15 Fairway Wood features a sleek, low profile shape that delivers high performance from all conditions. The stainless steel heads are slightly elongated from heel to toe for added forgiveness and internally weighted to produce low spinning shots with the penetrating trajectory preferred by more skilled golfers.
This is the seaside links form of the game at its very best - blind shots, deep pot bunkers, fast-running fairways, lightning fast greens, strong winds and that unmistakable taste of salt in the sea air. Not for the faint-hearted.