The Open Championship was last held in Northern Ireland in 1951 and the champion earned 300£ (or roughly $11,000 today). Max Faulkner surely cherished clutching the Claret Jug as he stood on the 18th green at Royal Portrush and the winner’s check was a welcome sight as well. However, when compared to the $1.8 million Jordan Spieth collected for winning last summer at Royal Birkdale, the paltry pay Faulkner received reflects the immense growth professional golf has enjoyed during the last 66 years.
Consistently ranked among the Top 20 courses in the world, Royal Portrush was added in 2014 by the R&A to The Open Rota. This par 72 links course measures nearly 7,200 yards and remains the only venue in Northern Ireland to have ever hosted The Open (1951).
Planning your next golf vacation to the UK and Ireland? You probably want to know whether you’ll be walking or riding each round of golf. Here’s a chart with the answers to this question at many of the more popular golf courses in the British Isles. Certainly exceptions have been made in some cases in the past, but this chart should serve as a guide to better understanding what you can expect your next golf vacation.