Royal Portrush Golf Club in the last few minutes has been confirmed as the venue for the Open Championship in 2019. Confirmed dates are 18th – 21st July 2019
The Open will be the biggest sporting event ever held in Northern Ireland.
Claire Sugden MLA said “I am delighted that Royal Portrush has been confirmed as the venue for the 2019 Open Championship.
This is the biggest golf tournament of all. Millions of people watch it around the world. To have it coming to the north coast of Northern Ireland is a fantastic story for this constituency.
The R&A have been pleased with the ongoing work in advance of the tournament. This demonstrates the hard work behind the scenes to make sure that 2019 is an unforgettable Championship.
Royal Portrush is being revamped to include two new holes, and the surrounding area developed to ensure that we have the necessary infrastructure to welcome thousands of people. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase Portrush, the North Coast and Northern Ireland on a global stage, and to boost our local and regional economies.
It has been 68 years since The Open was in Portrush. A successful tournament will mean that we are on the rota at 8-10 year intervals. The wider opportunities which this will bring are incredibly exciting.
There is something very special about golf in Northern Ireland. I am confident that we will be ready to stage one of the best ever Open Championships in 2019.”
The Open last came to these shores in 1951, 2019’s tournament will be the largest sporting event ever held in NI and will have a lasting legacy which could bring benefits of 50m – 90m to the wider area. – Councillor Darryl Wilson
The Open will return to Portrush after 68 years in July 2019 pic.twitter.com/CD7ae7guk3
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