February 6, 2017 398

In a golfer’s mind the turn of the New Year can mean only one thing, freshly cut fairways and testing greens are just around the corner!

As winter turns to spring every golf fan simultaneously thinks of when/where they can play and what they can watch and 2017 is set to be a treat for fans of Northern Irish links golf.

This year the incredible Causeway Coast welcomes the Irish Open to her shores as the tournament returns to Northern Ireland for the third time in six years.

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A Links Paradise

It’ll come as no surprise to locals and fans of our courses.

Northern Ireland, and the north coast in particular, boasts some of the best links golf found anywhere in the world. This was reinforced in 2015 when it was confirmed that The Open would return to Royal Portrush for the first time in almost seventy years! A stamp of authority if there ever was one.

Set amongst the 120 miles of glorious Causeway Coastal Route you’ll find incredible, testing courses on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean boasting breathtaking views and a golfer’s challenge that has to be attempted at least once in your life.

If sounds like the perfect setting and you’re tempted then 2017 could be the perfect year as the Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament, Europe’s longest running amateur golf competition, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year from 5th – 9th June 2017.

From Royal Portrush to Portstewart Golf Club, Castlerock, Bushfoot and Ballycastle there is enough variety to ensure a trip around the north coast with your clubs won’t be in vain.

The Irish Open 2017

Playing will always be the biggest thrill (when things are going well at least…) but it’s hard to beat watching the worlds best compete with each other and the natural forces of our north coast.

Luckily we can do both this year as Portstewart Golf Club sets itself to welcome the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2017 from 6th – 9th July. Over the course of the week we’ll be able to watch some of golfs biggest stars, including 2016 winner Rory McIlroy, battle it out on a course we can then enjoy all year round.

Half the fun is watching what a European Tour winner does on a hole we play every week and, to add to the fun, the Irish Open comes at a great time for British golf fans as it’s then followed by the Scottish Open and finally the main event, The Open.

With that in mind it won’t be long until we welcome The Open to these shores again in 2019…

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The 19th Hole

Whether you’re following the stars or simply enjoying a quick round of 9 over 2017 be sure to call in at the Magherabuoy Hotel. Our 19th Hole is fully stocked with tasty local beers, brewed right here in Portrush, from Lacada Brewery, boutique gins and all the usual classics as well as fresh local food prepared each day.

Here’s to a great year of golf!