The 148th Open, Royal Portrush
Jul 14 2019 - Jul 21 2019
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The 148th Open Championship in 2019 will return to Portrush Golf Course, County Antrim.
The 148th Open will be played at Royal Portrush from 14-21 July 2019, marking a historic return to Northern Ireland for golf’s original and most international golf Championship after nearly 70 years. The Open was last staged at Royal Portrush in 1951, when Max Faulkner became Champion Golfer of the Year.
Northern Ireland will be at the centre of the global sporting spotlight whenThe Open is staged outside of Scotland and England for only the second time in the Championship’s more than 150-year history. Sports fans from throughout Ireland and around the world are expected to descend upon the town of Portrush to watch the world’s greatest golfers compete for the iconic Claret Jug.
Practice Day tickets are available. Championship Days are now sold out due to unprecedented demand. To purchase Practice Day tickets please click on the Book Now button above.
History of The Open at Royal Portrush Golf Course, 1951
The Open was staged outside of mainland Britain for the first time in 1951 when the championship was played at Royal Portrush. Max Faulkner claimed his only Major Championship with a two-shot victory during a wet weekend in County Antrim. Home favourite Fred Daly finished in a tie for fourth. The flamboyant Faulkner, often dressed in brightly-coloured clothing, found the Dunluce Course to his liking having been twice a runner-up in the Irish Open at the same venue.
Royal Portrush is home to one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world, the Dunluce Links, and its hidden gem, the Valley Links.
In the five years between 1995 & 1999 and also in 2004, Royal Portrush hosted The Senior Open. Then in 2012, Royal Portrush very successfully hosted the Irish Open, won by Jamie Donaldson. This was the first time that a European Tour event had been played in Northern Ireland and the first time since 1953 that the Irish Open had been played in Northern Ireland.
Two new holes on the Dunluce links have been introduced as part of the preparations for this prestigious event - The 148th Open, Royal Portrush. The 7th and 8th holes were designed by architect Martin Ebert. Six of the holes have new tees and several new bunkers have been introduced including five on the 7th hole and three on the 8th green.
Situated on the beautiful Causeway coast, Royal Portrush Golf Club occupies a triangle of giant sandhills which present magnificent views in all directions. The course is overlooked by the ruins of 13th century Dunluce Castle and this gives its name to Royal Portrush's famous Dunluce course.
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