Ultimate Irish Open guide 2017

Blogs, Causeway Coastal Route, Golf

Posted by Charlie

Published April 27, 2017

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2017 is one of this year's most exciting events. If you're travelling to the event this summer, make sure to check out our ultimate guide to planning your trip. From places to stay nearby, things to do and where to eat in Portstewart, we've got you covered.

Irish Open 2017

Providing yet another stunning backdrop to this prestigious tournament, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation, will return to Northern Ireland this summer Tuesday 4 - Sunday 9 July, at the picturesque Portstewart Golf Club.

Set on the Causeway Coastal Route, Portstewart, and the surrounding area offer some of Northern Ireland's most spectacular landscapes and iconic attractions. With travel connections from Belfast to Derry~Londonderry, extend your stay and enjoy even more of what Northern Ireland has to offer.

Come along and see golfing greats like Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm Rodriguez, Danny Willet, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry, and homegrown Major champions Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke.

What's more, if you're planning to make a family trip of it, under 16's are free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

Places to stay in Portstewart

Whether you want to kick back and relax in a sumptuous hotel room on the Causeway Coastal Route or unwind in a five-star Guesthouse or Bed & Breakfast in Portstewart or Portrush, pack up your golf clubs and let us help you find the perfect pillow.

For those who want to extend their stay and explore more, there are a range of accommodation options available in Belfast and Derry~Londonderry. Check out some of the fantastic stay and play golf deals and accommodation options available.

Things to do on the Causeway Coast

There's more to this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open than just the golf! 

With a wide range of activities for all ages, including some of Northern Ireland's most popular visitor attractions, you're sure to stumble upon something to suit all tastes.

Stand above ancient caves along the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge or walk in mythical footsteps as you explore the Giant's Causeway.

With so much to see and do, explore more with our guide on things to do and places to visit when at this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Places to eat nearby

Our food and drink is just as great as our golf.

With the success of Northern Ireland's Year of Food & Drink in 2016, we are nothing short of award-winning eateries.

Take in Portstewart's picturesque views as you enjoy a meal in one of its many restaurants or cafes. Whet the whistle at Bushhmills Distillery or cast the net on a local food tour.

Traditional recipes and local produce combined, prepare for a tasty trip.

For even more foodie inspiration, check out our Ultimate Irish Open eating guide for some of the best places to eat in Portstewart and the surrounding area.

Irish Open Getting there

Stress-free travel means more time to soak up your surroundings.

There are plenty of ways to reach this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Whether you're travelling by bus or coach, train or car our handy getting there map will help you plan the perfect route. There will be a free Park & Ride system operating during the event. For more information on how to get to Portstewart Golf Club and the Irish Open, watch our video for getting there.

 For those who want to take a more leisurely pace, soak up the scenery on a driving tour, or sit back and relax on board the train. Described by Michael Palin as one of the most beautiful train journeys of the world, enjoy breathtaking scenery as you pass through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

To help you plan, our three-day Causeway Coastal Route itinerary is the perfect place to start.

Find out more

For more information on accommodation in Portstewart and nearby, contact Coleraine Visitor Centre on 028 7034 4723.


Posted by Charlie

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