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A Round Up of The Open

Missed out on The Open at Royal Portrush? Don’t worry, here’s a round up of everything you need to know!

Championship Days tickets sold out in record time and many of those who hadn’t managed to secure a place, flocked to Portrush to soak up the golfing atmosphere. Visitors from across the world arrived and hundreds of thousands tuned in on their TVs to watch golfing legends embrace the challenges presented by the sandy links of Royal Portrush.
At The Bushmills Inn, we were delighted to play a part by welcoming golf fans from all around the world to experience our hospitality, our fantastic local cuisine and enjoy a display of some of golf’s most prized memorabilia, as well as taking part in an exclusive photoshoot of the Claret Jug!

The Bushmills Inn is showcasing memorabilia which is on display for the first time ever in Northern Ireland:
  • Original 1947 Irish Open Official Programme and scorecards signed by winner Fred Daly
  • Original 1951 Open Golf Championship Official Programmes, from the Practice Days through to the Championship Days
  • Original 1960 Amateur Championship Official Programme
It’s still here, so feel free to pop in and see if you haven’t already!

Before the Championship got underway, the Visit Causeway Coast and Glens Tourism Team took The Claret Jug on a tour of this beautiful corner of the world and made a very special short film to mark the occasion. You can watch the video on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Look out for our local hotspots and famous Bushmills Inn fireplace!

At The Bushmills Inn, we had the pleasure of welcoming many of the players to stay with us throughout the competition - it was an absolute pleasure to have Tommy Fleetwood & Tony Finau in particular who came 2nd & 3rd in the competition.


We’ve added some great names to our VIP book…


The Championship tee’d off on Thursday. Roared on by a sell-out crowd undeterred by the miserable weather conditions, Ireland's Shane Lowry claimed his first major title in commanding fashion in the final of 148th Open at Royal Portrush on Sunday.

Lowry carded a closing 72 to become the fifth Irish player to lift the Claret Jug after Fred Daly, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy. The 32-year-old from Offaly finished 15-under, six shots ahead of England's Tommy Fleetwood.

At The Open Shane Lowry spoke about having coffee and a chat in a quiet room at The Bushmills Inn on the eve of the competition with his coach and mentor Neil Manchip. It was an absolute privilege to have Shane enjoy his pep talk with us before going on to win the competition! A huge congratulations from all of us here at The Bushmills Inn.

After watching the world’s elite golfers battle it out to be crowned Championship Golfer of The Year each day, golf fans sat down to some outstanding meals in our fine dining Restaurant. Famed for our use of fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced produce, we really let our dishes do the talking.

We were delighted to have The 148th Open held in such a great area of Northern Ireland and look forward to many more golfing events to come.

Love golf? Play on the famous sandy links of Royal Portrush yourself. For more information and to enquire about golf breaks at The Bushmills Inn, visit our Golf Courses page or give us a call on 028 2073 3000.
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