The Open Championship, or the British Open, is the oldest of the four major championships held each year in professional golf. First held in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland, the event is hosted by The R&A, the ruling authority of golf throughout the World (except North America). Harry Vardon of Jersey has won The Open a record six times, with James Braid, John Henry Taylor, Peter Thomson and Tom Watson all having won five times.
When is the Open Championship?
The Open takes place every year and as of 2019, is the final major of the season. The Open is traditionally played in mid-July.
The 2019 event will be held between the 18th and 21st July.
Where is the Open Championship?
The Open is held in the United Kingdom, being the only major played outside of the United States. The Open is always held on a coastal links golf course, with the Old Course at St Andrews frequently used and considered one of the pinnacles of golf to win there.
The 2019 Open Championship will be played at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland which will be hosting the tournament for the second time.
How do I get there?
The Royal Portrush Golf Club is located along the North Antrim Causeway Coast in the small coastal village of Portrush, in County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
Air: The closest major international airports are Belfast International Airport (46 miles away) and Dublin Airport (156 miles away) which offer flights to many European and International destinations. Smaller airports can be found at Belfast City Airport (61 miles) and the City of Derry Airport (29 miles) which offer several seasonal flights.
Bus & Coach – Goldline coach service 218 runs from Belfast and service 234 runs from Derry-Londonderry to Coleraine. From Coleraine you can catch the 140 bus service to Portrush, which during The Open will run every 10 minutes.
Driving/Parking – There is no parking available at the Golf club, however there is a Park & Ride service available. This can be booked on the official website here, with prices starting at £10.
Train – There is a direct train service from Belfast to Portrush, whereas trains from Derry-Londonderry terminate at Coleraine with a bus service available to transfer to Portrush. Further information is available here.
How do I get tickets to the Open Championship?
For the 2019 tournament, Practice Round tickets start at £15, whilst Championship Day tickets start at £60.
Tickets are available to purchase through the official Open Championship website here.
Official Website: https://www.theopen.com
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