Beat The Rush At Portrush

The Open Championship inherently instigates a wealth of fervour for the event, but the claret jug’s return to Royal Portrush in 2019 has amplified this excitement.

For those unacquainted, Portrush, which hosted The Open in 1951, is a celestial convergence of land and sea, boasts some of the best putting surfaces on the globe and ranks as the seventh-best course in Golf Digest’s World 100.

And for the first time in 148 years, the British Open has sold out. More than 190,000 tickets were made public, a fifth of which were gone within 48 hours of posting. It smashes this year’s record at Carnoustie, which set the mark at 172,000.

Portrush is not foreign to big crowds, breaking the Irish Open’s attendance figure (112,000) at the 2012 event.

Luckily, there’s still a chance to visit Portrush during the week, via Australian tour company GOLFSelect, which has a limited number of spots available for its 2019 Northern Ireland and Scotland escorted tour.

The company, headed up by world-renowned golf-course photographer Gary Lisbon, has organised an action-packed tour with confirmed tee-times at Royal Portrush the week after the 2019 British Open. While in town you will also have the opportunity to attend the tournament and take on the world’s No.1-ranked course, Royal County Down. There are also rounds of golf lined up at Turnberry, Royal Troon, Prestwick, Royal Belfast and Portstewart. Luxury accommodation and transfers are also included.

“The great thing about this tour is that it is limited to just 16 golfers, making it a personal and intimate experience,” says Lisbon.  Check your calendar and be quick!

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