148th Open Golf Championship returns to Royal Portrush in July 2019
The Open will take place in Royal Portrush Golf Club for the first time in almost 70 years. Portrush will be the focus of unprecedented media attention, with many hundreds of thousands of spectators and a global TV audience of millions.
Hosting The Open will bring many benefits:
- Over 190,000 spectators and visitors from across the world
- Estimated £80 million economic benefit
- Coverage from 500 journalists from all over the world
- Broadcast coverage in over 150 countries
- TV audience of £80 million
- 7 days of town centre activity while the open is on
'We've Come a Long Way'
To celebrate the return of The 148th Open to Royal Portrush, Discover Northern Ireland has created a short film, 'We've Come A Long Way'
Set to an original poem by local poet Paula Matthews, the film is narrated by four leading actors, and accompanied by an original score composed and performed by Belfast-born virtuoso pianist, Michael McHale.
Portrush is getting ready to host the Open
Causeway Coast and Glens Council and Tourism Northern Ireland are working together to ensure that the businesses of Portrush put their best foot forward by going that extra mile, ensuring the warmest welcome possible to visitors, and making a promise to provide lasting and memorable experiences.
Tourism Northern Ireland in partnership with the council have created a Business Toolkit to help local business to maximise the commercial potential around The Open.
To ensure visitors receive a warm welcome there will be a number of volunteer ambassadors who will welcome visitors and circulate information at the course. There will also be host ambassadors in Portrush town who will welcome international visitors and also be on hand help local business.
Demand for the Open Tickets
All tickets for the 148th Open Championship Days are already sold old.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director of the R&A, which organises the Open, said demand had been unprecedented.
"It is clear from the record-breaking ticket sales that golf fans are looking forward to the long-awaited return of the Open to Northern Ireland," he said.
"We knew there would be great demand but it has been even higher than we expected”