The Irish Open golf championship will be held at Royal Portrush Golf Club this summer. The last time the Irish Open was played there was in 1947, while the last time it was played in Northern Ireland was in 1953 at Belvoir Park Golf Club in south Belfast.
Northern Ireland's profile in the golfing world has been hugely raised by recent major victories for Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy. Rory McIlory said he was keen to try to win in his home country. "It's nice to come home and support your home tournament and maybe bring a little bit of joy back to people's lives by playing your home event, so I'm looking forward to getting there and trying to win it," he said. Graeme McDowell said he was totally behind the event coming to his home town. "It's tough times here in Ireland so sponsors are hard to find, but Irish golf has never been stronger," he said. "We are 100% behind anything we can do to make the Irish Open in Portrush the best it can be."
The Roe Park Resort would like to extend a well deserved congratulations to Royal Portrush as it has been named as the venue for this summer’s Irish Open Championship.. an acolade which the whole of the North Coast can celebrate! Well done!!