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25-07-2019, 13:43   #2266
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The question as to whether Golf is an Olympic Sport is interesting but off topic, feel free to start a new thread and discuss away as this thread is about the Open at Portrush.

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31-07-2019, 09:13   #2267
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A bit late of a reply, but was chatting to a work colleague who owns a holiday home in Portrush, and he said the town itself was dead during the Open.

It had a fortune of money spent on it too in preparation, but it appears the vast majority of fans stayed out at the course and didn't bother venturing in to town.

I'm sure there was loads of disappointed retailers.
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31-07-2019, 09:55   #2268
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A bit late of a reply, but was chatting to a work colleague who owns a holiday home in Portrush, and he said the town itself was dead during the Open.

It had a fortune of money spent on it too in preparation, but it appears the vast majority of fans stayed out at the course and didn't bother venturing in to town.

I'm sure there was loads of disappointed retailers.
Going by my experience of Portrush and others on the forum the course was close enough.
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31-07-2019, 09:59   #2269
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I can only speak about the Saturday night as it was the only night I stayed over but the town was busy, especially down in the harbour which was absolutely rammed. Good buzz about the place as you'd expect.
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31-07-2019, 16:02   #2270
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A bit late of a reply, but was chatting to a work colleague who owns a holiday home in Portrush, and he said the town itself was dead during the Open.

It had a fortune of money spent on it too in preparation, but it appears the vast majority of fans stayed out at the course and didn't bother venturing in to town.

I'm sure there was loads of disappointed retailers.
The town was busy when the weather was nice (or even ok) but some nights it just hammered down so people stayed closer to their hotel.
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31-07-2019, 16:49   #2271
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Wasnt there so cant comment, but i have been to a couple of Opens at St Andrews and i've felt the same thing, town is busy but not as hectic as you'd expect. Would guess Portrush and St Andrews are similar in that they are open venues with decent size towns on their doorstep, lot of the venues are a bit isolated. Maybe people dont stay around afterwards? Day watching golf is long and tiring, so not so many up for a nights revelling after? Just a guess really.
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31-07-2019, 16:57   #2272
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Was up for the weekend and avoided Portrush after the golf both nights as I expected it to be too busy. Went to Portstewart on the Saturday night and was lucky to get a table for food. Was crazy busy. Went somewhere a bit more isolated on the Sunday night and that was nice and steady with a good flow coming in from the golf.
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01-08-2019, 10:37   #2273
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Played the Great North West Links challenge in October a couple of times, which is Glashedy in Ballyliffin, Strand in Portstewart and the Dunluce in Portrush. It was great value at €200 odd.

They've changed it though. Now its the Valley course in Portrush instead of the Dunluce. Still €230!

It was the best of deals, but unfortunately, its gone!
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