The Open Championship is going to Northern Ireland in 2019 when the event will be played at Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951.
It will be just the second time the Open Championship has been played outside England or Scotland, the first being when Englishman Max Faulkner won at Royal Portrush 64 years ago.
“This is going to be absolutely huge for Northern Ireland and, indeed, Ireland as a whole,” said Darren Clarke, a native of Northern Ireland. “To have the world’s biggest and best golf championship played at such a fantastic venue as Royal Portrush, with all the passion that the Irish fans will bring to the event is going to be amazing.”
The course will undergo changes to stage the event, including the construction of two new holes. In the Open Championship, there will be a new seventh and eighth holes created from land on the nearby Valley Course, replacing the current 17th and 18th holes.
Other changes will increase the overall yardage by approximately 200 yards to 7,337 yards on what was originally a Henry Colt design.
FUTURE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES
- 2016: Royal Troon Golf Club
- 2017: Royal Birkdale Golf Club
- 2018: Carnoustie Golf Links
- 2019: Royal Portrush Golf Club