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25 Aug 18 22:53
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Unbelievable how quickly this event has sold out.  Must be a record for this event
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Report frames August 26, 2018 9:48 AM BST
A tout frenzy would be my guess ,add to that companies buying bulk for those corporate pi$$ ups.
Report kincsem August 26, 2018 4:53 PM BST
The Open was last played in Northern Ireland in 1951.

Island of Ireland: 384,000 adults play golf at least once a year – with 160,000 playing at least once every four weeks
281,000 in the Republic of Ireland and 103,000 in Northern Ireland.

I live in Dublin and bought my 8 day ticket for 2019 on the last day of this year's Open.
Report Kelly April 15, 2019 10:37 PM BST
15000 extra tickets on sale from today 15 April. Under 16's free entry with accompanying adult--anyone counting ?

Presumably when they were issuing the original tickets someone had done the sums re an appropriate number of spectators that could be accommodated on the course . Suddenly they can sell an extra 15k tickets . According to Martin Slumbers this will not impact on those who already have tickets .

Theresa May needs him on board as he appears to speak in her terms viz a lack of reality .

Dunluce course is bounded by sea and a main road , the only overflow space is the Valley course , but they are not playing there . Just hope nobody gets hurt through over crowding !

And there is no escape if you feel the need for a little space outside the venue , for they won't allow you back in that day if you leave . Local traders not getting a look in .
Report Hank Hill April 15, 2019 10:40 PM BST
What's it like there traffic wise? I am from a place near Royal St George's and the traffic infrastructure is an utter nightmare.
Report saxon farm April 16, 2019 1:36 AM BST
Portrush this year, some players are commuting by air day by day from GB.
Report mukdahan April 16, 2019 1:15 PM BST
Portrush is like a building site right now local residents are pissed off with the whole thing to be honest, be glad when its over.
Report mukdahan April 16, 2019 1:17 PM BST
They are actually closing access to the local beach to stop people trying to watch it from the sand dunes overlooking the course.
Report Angoose April 16, 2019 5:44 PM BST
Get yourself a cruise ship with big screen tv's, casino, and an onboard knocking shop and you'll be sorted. Just bob around a few miles offshore and you'll clean up.
Report Kelly April 16, 2019 8:16 PM BST
Hank hill , not too bad the infrastructure .  Particularly when they are using park and ride from various places within 5-10 miles of the course .  Worked well the last time in 2012 for the Irish Open as did Portstewart a couple of years ago .

Difference this time will be the no re-entry situation , which makes you a prisoner for the whole day .

Heard they moved in 40 mobiles last week , that takes up a lot of space .

The locals are lucky they have an extra 18 holes on the Valley course ( excellent) .
Report stewardsenquirey April 16, 2019 9:31 PM BST
I've played The Valleys and thought it was an excellent course(and the greenfee was reasonable too)

Would imagine the Harbour Bar does well enough for trade all year long,but imagine they are licking their lips at the prospect of having The Open in Portrush this year,they will be packed to the rafters every night(even more than usualLaugh)
Report ian merseyside May 19, 2019 2:32 PM BST
How many spectators are they allowing on the course each day?  The tournament at Hillside last week sold out for the Sunday, I think they limited it to 17,000.  Maybe it's a modern day health and safety issue.  One of the commentators on Sky was surprised as he had never heard of a golf course being "full".
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