Surgeon General Warning, the following post is solely for the purpose of bar discussion after all other topics are exhausted.
Course rankings will forever be wonderful fodder for endless conversations about the relative merits of any given golf experience.
Royal Portrush, ranked No. 14 in the Golf.com World Top 100, welcomes the best golfers in the world for the 2019 Open Championship.
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.
The news today that the 2019 Open Championship is returning to Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland after a nearly seven decade hiatus is terrific on a whole range of levels.
Royal Portrush Golf Club, Hole 14 (Photo by Aidan Bradley)
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).
A client shares his excitement and anticipation of playing many marquee links courses on a “dream golf vacation” to Ireland with PerryGolf… Photo Credit: Aidan Bradley