The British Open is returning to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland in 2019 for only the second time in history, the R&A announced Tuesday.
The event was last held at the course situated on the North Antrim Causeway Coast in 1951, when England’s Max Faulkner won the claret jug with a total of 3-under 285. This marks the only time in history the British Open has been conducted outside Scotland and England. Royal Portrush hosted the Senior British Open from 1995-99 and again in 2004. It hosted the European Tour’s Irish Open most recently in 2012.
”This is going to be absolutely huge for Northern Ireland and, indeed, Ireland as a whole,” said 2011 British Open champion and Royal Portrush member Darren Clarke. “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.”
Before the championship, Royal Portrush’s Dunluce Links will undergo renovations, including the creation of a new par-5 seventh hole and a new par-4 eighth. The second and 10th holes will both be lengthened, and the eighth green will be reshaped. With the changes (set to be completed by mid 2016), the course will extend to 7,337 yards. The number of bunkers will be raised to 62, the fewest of any course to have hosted the British Open.
Take a look at the proposed new holes below.