The Open is the third Major in the golf calendar and takes place this year at Royal Portrush from 14-21 July 2019. This marks a historic return to Northern Ireland for the Open after a gap of nearly 70 years. The Open championship was last staged at Royal Portrush in 1951!
Royal Portrush features the Dunluce Links which is one of the most challenging links golf courses in the world. Set against a very scenic backdrop and with Northern Ireland known for its blustery winds, everything is falling nicely into place for a truly memorable four days of golf.
Summer may only be upon us now, but the golf majors betting markets are open all year round. The betting markets with the best Golf bookies take bets and offer deals months before the first swing of a golf club. The closer we get to July the more activity you will see and there is no shortage of fantastic open golf championship betting offers to choose from.
It’s a major and the only one to take place in Europe so the eyes of the world will be on it. Hundreds of thousands of spectators will descend on the scenic location and a global TV audience of millions will be watching from their arm chairs. Let’s take a look at what we mean when we say this is a huge golf event:
It’s a massive money spinner for the local area too with venues and accommodation required for players, entourages, fans and media. Everyone is there to see who will lift the famous Claret jug and be crowned the 2019 Open champion.
The schedule for 2019 Open Championship is as follows:
Golf’s oldest major has thrilled fans across England and Scotland for over a hundred years but this year it is to be played in Norther Ireland for the first time in over 65 years. The Open been played outside Great Britain just once before, at the very same venue!
Royal Portrush in County Antrim in July is the historic setting. For added entertainment, there will be a homegrown Norther Ireland crowd favourite in the form of the formidable Rory McIlroy. A previous winner of the Open, he got his hands on the famous Claret Jug back in 2014 and Royal Portrush is sure to fill him with extra determination. Interesting note, at the age of 16 back in 2005, he carded an 11-under-par 61 to set a new course record. More of the same this July and he won’t be far off victory!
Total prize money for the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie was a whopping $10.5 million, and the winner took home a tidy $1.89 million. The runner-up at the British Open walked away with $1.093 million, and third place got a nice cheque for $701,000. Rounding out the top five in prize money is $545,000 for fourth and $438,000 for fifth.
Day tickets are priced at £15 (£10 for 16-24) for practice days, £60 (£30 for 16-24) for Thursday and Friday, £75 for Saturday and £70 for Sunday (£35 for 16-24 all weekend).
Weekly tickets are £230 for adults, £110 for 16-24-year olds and under 16s are free.
Note: Championship Days at The 148th Open are now sold out. Tickets for the Practice Days at Royal Portrush are still available.
It’s a popular event that attracts golf fanatics, general sports enthusiasts and tourists from all corners of the globe. All routes lead to the Open, let’s review the most popular.
They put on extra trains morning trains from Belfast, along with additional evening services from Portrush and Coleraine. The good news is that Belfast to Portrush is served by a direct route, the bad news is that everyone wants a seat! If you can’t get to Belfast, then Derry is option 2. Less direct, you get to Coleraine and avail of the shuttle buses to Portrush. A regular return bus service will operate from Portrush to Coleraine Station with increased services during the Open.
The usual Goldline services from Belfast to Coleraine will be extended to/from Portrush during the Championship week. This is helpful and the journey time is a little under 2 hours. To ease busy passenger traffic, the local bus service between Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart (140 service) will operate at a 10-minute frequency. This service will also continue onward to Belfast and Derry. Further services include the 402 bus from Ballycastle to Portrush which will run every half hour and include early morning and late evening runs.
First up, the bad news - there is no parking available at the course! All drivers must use the Park & Ride facilities. A dedicated bus service will be available to transport people arriving by car or motorbike to the course. You can expect the local police service to direct motorists to use specific traffic routes to ease congestion.
From the South East (Belfast) - Take the M2 towards Antrim. The take the A26 to Ballymena and follow the M2/A26 towards Coleraine/Portrush. When you get close to Coleraine, follow signs for Public Parking.
From the South West (Derry) - Follow the A2 towards Limavady. Take the A37 and then the A29 towards Coleraine/Portrush.
Belfast International Airport is about 46 miles (74 km) from Royal Portrush Golf Club and will run increased flights from the UK mainland during the Open. The other airport, Belfast City Airport is 61 miles (98 km) from Royal Portrush Golf. Derry Airport is about 29 miles (47 km) from Royal Portrush Golf Club. Further south, you have Dublin Airport which is located approximately 156 miles (250 km) away from the venue.
Why not get the ferry? Ferry services run in and out of Belfast and Larne Ferry Terminals. Royal Portrush Golf Club is approximately 60 miles (96 km) away from Belfast Port and 52 miles (83 km) from Larne. If money is no object, then you’ll find many harbours in Northern Ireland which accept private yachts.
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The Open is massive, everyone will be talking about it in July. If you only place one bet a year on Golf, this might be the place to do it. There’s no escaping it on tv or in the media during July. Now you’re up to speed, it’s time to choose one of our offers and see if you can predict this year’s winner.