It welcomed over 230,000 fans for The Open championship last summer. Yesterday it was just members teeing off at the magnificent Royal Portrush.
But it was a significant day nonetheless here - and at many other golf courses across Northern Ireland.
It followed Monday's loosening of lockdown restrictions by Stormont's leaders.
Both courses at Royal Portrush were open to members from 9am yesterday but it was a far cry from the 237,750 fans who descended on the north coast last July to watch The Open golf championship.
Only members of golf clubs can resume playing under the relaxations.
General manager of Royal Portrush John Lawler explained that plans were already in place to reopen the links course but Monday's announcement allowed staff to put the "final pieces of the jigsaw in place".
"It was inevitable that we would reopen at some stage so in the background I always kept a working document on how we would," he said.
"We were thinking about areas around social distancing and the likely restrictions that would be in place.
"A lot of preparation has gone into it.
"The main priority for us when we were given the all-clear to open was obviously welcome our members back but as important, if not more important, was providing a safe environment for members to come and play their golf and also for staff to come back to work."
This time last year, the club was in the throes of preparing to stage The Open for the first time in 68 years, but this year's planned events have unsurprisingly been cancelled.
"During The Open last year the course was closed to members for a period of time so it'll be good to allow members to have access to the course to play it," Mr Lawler continued.
"It's going to be a very different year but we'll come through it.
"We're already looking to 2021 to see how we can be creative around that and hopefully welcome a lot of our visiting golfers back at that stage."
Meanwhile, one of Belfast's oldest golf clubs has received dozens of new applications for membership as courses reopened.
Dunmurry Golf Club has limited the number of players as it preserves social distancing on the fairways.
General manager Colin Adair said: "I am absolutely delighted. The car park is full this morning and there are lots of happy faces about the place."
The club has received almost 30 new applications in recent times.
"Whenever we heard the First and deputy First Ministers' announcement on Monday evening that clubs could reopen, we were nearly ready," said Mr Adair.
"We have been running around, our benches were out of use, the bins were not in use, all the on-course stuff had to be done."
Mr Adair said many members had paid their dues in April knowing they would not be playing for two months.
He added: "The golfers are the stakeholders and they have to support the club during these times."
Dunmurry has around 600 playing members but has lost significant amounts in green fees, corporate events and sponsorship during the shutdown.