A newly released Tourism Ireland video showcases the Northern Irish venue for the 148th Open Championship one year on.
Twelve months on from Irishman Shane Lowry’s epic victory in The Open Championship at Royal Portrush, the video is a reminder that the magnificent links course on the Causeway Coastal Route remains the perfect place to recreate the shots made by the pros.
Available on YouTube, the film intercuts golf shots made by the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Shane Lowry with ordinary male and female players enjoying a round on the course.
Stunning aerial footage of the course labelled ‘incredible’ by Tiger Woods, enthusiastic spectator scenes and Shane Lowry’s open-armed salute at the famous horseshoe stand wrapping the 18th hole recreate the electric atmosphere of the event.
In a message from John Lawlor, General Manager at Royal Portrush, golfers are reminded that they can recreate the shots they saw on TV and that a traditional Royal Portrush welcome will be waiting when they arrive.
Having hosted the world’s greatest golfers and a record-breaking number of fans last summer, Royal Portrush and more than 90 other Northern Irish courses of all descriptions are now keen to see golfers enjoy their fairways once again.
As a premium golf destination the country boasts two of the world’s top 10 golf courses with Royal County Down at Number 1 (for the third consecutive year) and Royal Portrush at Number 8 (Golf Digest rankings 2019).
Other clubs on the must play list include the superb links of Castlerock Golf Club, also on the Causeway Coastal Route, and Ardglass Golf Club, spectacularly situated on the coast of County Down and well-known for having the world’s oldest clubhouse.
Northern Ireland’s best parkland courses include the outstanding Nick Faldo-designed Lough Erne Resort in the lakelands of County Fermanagh as well as the Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort in County Antrim, which will see the return of high level golf from 3–6 September in the shape of the NI Open supported by the R&A.
The tournament has returned to the golf calendar as part of the European Challenge Tour’s revised 2020 schedule and will be the biggest sporting event held in Northern Ireland since the coronavirus outbreak.
The NI Open will be the first of back-to-back events on the island of Ireland, with the Irish Challenge following on 10–13 September at a venue yet to be confirmed.
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