The Open Championship

The next edition of The Open Championship is coming to Royal Portrush from July 18th through July 21st. The Dunluce Course of Royal Portrush Golf Club is one of the most beautiful golf destinations not only in Northern Ireland, but the entire world. The course sits on the northernmost coast of Northern Ireland and has been known for its unpredictable wind and rain conditions. The Open Championship has always been known for giving even the most talented golf stars today much trouble. Harry Colt, the course designer for Royal Portrush, has created a layout including various changes in elevation and direction with strategically placed hazards all lined around the cliffs of the North Atlantic Ocean. The Open is one of four major championships on the PGA Tour; along with the Masters, The US Open, and The PGA Championship. The Open is without a doubt the most international major championship, bringing in golf fans and professionals from all over the world to gather near the historic home of the sport. This is the final scheduled major championship with the final Fedex Cup Championship events beginning on August 11th. Golf fans can purchase tickets online or pursue a search the day of. Luxury club and suite options are available and range from 750 to 1200 pounds. These five-star experiences guarantee a once in a lifetime golf viewing experience, including full bistro menus, open bar for the duration of the action, and endless entertainment for guests and yourself. Availability is extremely limited so be sure to enquire as soon as possible.

Whale Insight on the Open Championship

Last year the 2018 Open Championship was hosted at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland. Molinari captured his first major championship and is looking for his second continuous. Molinari also, with that win, became the first Italian to ever win a major tournament. If Molinari is unable to continue his success at The Open, Rory McIlroy is always a safe bet. Last year he finished right behind Molinari at second place and has been on a roll this season. Another spectacular player to look for is Justin Rose, the 38-year-old has experience capturing major tournaments and has recently placed second at the Masters in 2017 and T-2 at the 2018 Open Championship. The Tiger Woods comeback story sure has taken off, which makes it difficult to root against the reigning Masters champion. Woods currently ranks 5th in the world and has not shown signs of slowing down. Koepka is one of those players that goes without saying. He has been consistent throughout the year and continuously outperforms any of his competition in the clutch. The young Floridian could be hoisting his fifth major tournament victory since 2017, an incredible statistic of dominance. Short and sweet, our top picks for this year consist of Koepka, Rose, and McIlroy, although this year has been full of surprises, we can never be too sure.

Whale Recommendations on Where to Stay during the Open Championship

The Saltwater House is the first hotel on our list. This five-star option is located right above the crashing waves from the Atlantic. The hotel itself is situated atop a cliff overlooking the gorgeous landscape and the rooms are absolutely serene. Saltwater House also includes multiple bar options, 24-hour room service, and a spectacular free breakfast every morning to prepare guests for their day at the links. This option is also only a short drive to Royal Portrush.

Coming up next is the Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Londonderry, although it is a bit farther from the Open Championship, this option is immaculate. Bishop’s Gate is another 5-star that has a 19th-century appeal. A fitness room, bar, in the house dining room, and elegant rooms make up the highlights of this hotel. It is only a short walk to the Londonderry train station making travelling to the Royal Portrush area very accessible. The surrounding town of Londonderry also gives much more options in terms of activity and restaurant options.

A third option is east of Portrush in Ballycastle, the Carnately Lodge. This option is much more quaint and relaxed, while still providing guests with the most elegant of stays for a holiday. Cottage suite options are available for the utmost privacy. The Carnately Lodge also includes free wireless internet, multiple outdoor decks, and ferry access for those looking to escape to the water. Their dining room is also one of the best options for a deluxe meal before of after a trip to this year’s Open Championship.

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