Oh, The Memories: The 2019 Open at Royal Portrush

From the raucous crowds cheering on Irishman and champion Shane Lowry to wild and crazy Northern Ireland weather and good times on and off the course with some of the friendliest people in the world, the 2019 Open at Royal Portrush will be remembered fondly by those who were there.

The Dunluce Links proved to be a prolific challenge to the best golfers in the world with– maybe the exception of champion Shane Lowry– who beat the field by a whopping 6 strokes. While Tommy Fleetwood, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka and Lee Westwood tried to chase down Lowry, he kept making spectacular approach shots and long putts to secure the Claret Jug.

The “hometown” crowd loved every great shot hit by Lowry and the booming “Augusta National” type roars created an unbelievable vibe for those who were lucky enough to be at the Dunluce.

For Shane Lowry, the Champion of Golf and for those traveling with Premier Golf to The Open, the memories will last a lifetime. Our guests and staff all echo the incredible performances by all involved in this historic Open.

“We enjoyed every day of our trip!,” say Premier clients Pat & Gary.  “The Open experience was everything and more than we could imagine. We would give you all 5 stars and Ireland too! “

Our Premier Golf representatives were equally impressed with the superb planning and execution of the event and warm reception all the spectators received.

“It was an unforgettable experience,” says Alison Deane, Premier’s Ireland-based manager of operations.  “The entire event was exceptionally well organized but the overriding impression was the friendliness of the people and the genuine welcome everyone received. Portrush was alive with a festival atmosphere and Belfast had a great buzz about it. The course looked amazing. The Pro Gary McNeill said they had been planning it so long they could hardly believe it was here.”

Deane adds, “On the final day, even a downpour of biblical proportions could not dampen the spirit of the attendees. They watched a relaxed and happy Shane Lowry become a well-deserved and very popular winner of the 148th Open. It was golf for the people and the people loved it.”

Our well-traveled golf travel specialist Tim Willerton summed up the week this way: “While the golf shots may fade in memory, all of us will remember the great times we had with the Irish people and the immense pride they took in hosting the Open. It was a very special week in so many ways.”

Let’s just say, the Irish really know how to plan a great international party and golf event.


For a fantastic, expertly planned golf vacation to the 149th Open at Royal St George’s in 2021 or Ryder Cup 2020 at Whistling Straits  as well as other fascinating international and U.S. destinations, visit Premier Golf or call 866-260-4409 to speak with one of our knowledgeable, experienced and friendly golf travel specialists.

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