I was really lucky to be at the 4th practise day at The 148th Open being held at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Around 165 golfers will battle it out for the Claret Jug over the next 4 days and the winner will be crowned on Sunday 21st July.
The infrastructure is very impressive, both getting to and within the venue. There are lots of very helpful Marshalls (blue jackets) at hand to guide and help all throughout.
This Open is the first to have sold out within a month, has the largest number of spectators at the four practise days and has the second largest numbers of spectators for the real competition (outside of St Andrews). There has been a lot of construction to get the course ready and ready for the world it is!!
The course is a very challenging one. It’s geography is such that it is very exposed to the Atlantic Ocean and the winds. It is set in large undulating dunes and coupled with the inclement weather will test the temperament and skill of the worlds best golfers.
There are a myriad of stands selling some very nice and reasonably priced food from sausage rolls to pizza to chicken and fish inside:
The Open Bar is where one can quench the thirst!!
Outside the venue are stalls which showcase some excellent local food stalls:
There is plenty to see and do in Portrush when not watching the golf 🏌️♀️ so please go check out the beautiful North Coast of Northern Ireland.