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 offering spectacular views across the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. In 2019, this iconic course was the focus of attention for the sporting world when The 148th Open returned to its hallowed fairways and greens for the first time since 1951, marking only the second time The Open has been held outside of England and Scotland since it began in 1860.