The Open Championship set to return to Royal Portrush in 2025

By Orlaith Clinton

The Open Championship is to return to Royal Portrush in 2025, it's been confirmed.

The World’s oldest tournament will return to Irish soil for the first time since 2019, when Shane Lowry triumphed on the Dunluce Links.

Royal Portrush holds a special place in the Irish golfing landscape, as the traditional home of the North of Ireland Amateur Open.

Speaking after the announcement, Golf Ireland CEO Mark Kennelly said: “Today’s news is a great boost for Irish Golf. The fact the R&A have committed to bringing the Open back to Royal Portrush so quickly, shows what a great success the 2019 Open was.

“With Ireland also to host the 2027 Ryder Cup at Adare Manor, Irish golf is entering an very exciting era with these truly global golf events on the horizon. The selection of Irish venues is a testament to the esteem in which Irish golf and Irish courses are held.

“It has been an wonderful week for Irish golf, with this very welcome announcement coming just days after Leona Maguire’s terrific performance at the Solheim Cup."

SDLP MLA Cara Hunter said the return of the Open Championship to Portrush will be a huge boost.

The East Derry MLA said: “It is incredibly exciting that the Open is set to return to Portrush in 2025. It will be a huge boost to people in the North Coast area and the North as a whole. As we emerge from the difficult coronavirus pandemic it is heartening to see events like this return, I know this is something that people will already be looking forward to.

“The last Open brought huge economic benefits to the area, with hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting and staying in our accommodation and spending money in our shops, restaurants and bars generating millions in revenue for local businesses.

"As a tourist area the North Coast has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, I hope this event will signal to businesses and visitors that there are better days ahead for this entire area.

“With this being the second Open to be held in quick succession based off the huge success of the last championship, I hope that we can look forward to this event returning to Portrush on a regular basis.

"If that is to be the case then we need to explore how we can best work with the Open organisers to market this area as one of the homes of the Open and indeed golf on these islands.

"The potential tourism interest and economic benefits for this area could be truly transformative, especially as the North Coast has been neglected all too often In recent years.”


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