How can such a small place create such incredible champions? The secret is this: it's easy to learn to play golf in Northern Ireland. Just ask Graeme McDowell. His home town of Portrush has two clubs – the world-famous Royal Portrush, and the smaller Rathmore golf course. The latter is his home turf and it was here his father trained him in the art of golf.
One of the world's top golfers, Rory McIlroy, was introduced to the sport in Northern Ireland at the tender age of two, and he could soon hit the ball 40 yards. McIlroy then became the youngest member of Holywood Golf Club in County Down at the age of eight – and the rest, as they say, is history!
The 148th Open at Royal Portrush
Royal Portrush Golf Club is a County Antrim beauty that stands proudly on a rocky promontory, edging out into the Atlantic. Those who know it sing its praises, including Rory McIlroy. He hails its Dunluce course as “among my favourite places to play in Northern Ireland, and one of the truly great links".
Over four spellbinding July days in 2019, the iconic course will become the focus of attention for the sporting world. The 148th Open will be returning to the hallowed fairways and greens of Royal Portrush Golf Club for the first time since 1951. The occasion is set to be the biggest sporting event ever held in Northern Ireland, if not the island as a whole. At least 190,000 spectators are expected to visit, including the practice days, while the competition days are expected to attract a daily attendance of around 40,000.
What you need to know about the 148th Open in Royal Portrush