The Golfers Club – Irish Open 2012 At Royal Portrush
Golf’s European Tour has announced that it is taking the unprecedented step of advising all golf fans planning to attend the 2012 Irish Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club next month to buy their tickets in advance in a bid to avoid the potential disappointment of missing out on the action.
The Tour, as event organizers of the Irish Open 2012, also unveiled detailed Traffic and Transportation plans including additional Translink coach, rail and Park & Ride services. These are designed to ensure that spectators have ease of access to the event and to minimize the disruption to the neighboring community on the roads surrounding Portrush.
Pre-tournament ticket sales for the Irish Open 2012, which is being staged in Northern Ireland for the first time in almost 60 years, have exceeded all expectations since the spectacular links on the Antrim coastline was named as the host venue in January. Consequently, the Saturday and Sunday are close to being a sell-out.
With the demand to see Major Champions Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and American Keegan Bradley along with a host of other world-class names, it is expected that close to 100,000 spectators will descend on Royal Portrush over the practice day on Tuesday June 26, the pro-am day on Wednesday June 27 and the four competition days, Thursday June 28 to Sunday July 1.
This has resulted with the European Tour recommending that anyone still wishing to see the world’s best golfers up close should guarantee their tickets now by visiting their website at www.europeantour.com/tickets.
Hospitality packages are already sold out for the first two days, but are still available for Saturday and Sunday.
The Golfers Club – Irish Open 2012 Accommodation Advice
The Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Alan Clarke, has also advised golf fans travelling to the Irish Open 2012 to book their accommodation soon.
“With tickets selling so fast accommodation is also booking up quickly. Right now there is still good availability around Portrush but we don’t expect this to last.”
“Even if accommodation options close to the course fill up, Portrush is easily accessible from all areas of Northern Ireland and there are plenty of options a little further out with many hotels running great deals that include accommodation, tickets for the golf and coach transport to and from the course. Northern Ireland is not a huge area so no matter where you’re staying, you’ll still be within a reasonable distance to Portrush,” said Clarke.
Championship Director of the Irish Open, Antonia Beggs, added: “The combination of substantial advance ticket sales and the success of the home grown Irish players were the catalysts behind today’s important announcement in Belfast.”
“With such large spectator numbers expected for the Irish Open, all the key bodies and authorities have put their weight behind this Traffic and Transportation Plan and we at The European Tour would like to thank everyone closely associated with this strategy for their cooperation in creating a plan which we are confident will enhance the experience of attending this superb tournament.”
Following successful experiences from other leading European Tour events and detailed discussions with the relevant authorities, a coach, rail and “Park & Ride” transport plan has been chosen as the best solution to minimize vehicle flows and reduce potential congestion in the local area.
All spectators are being encouraged to refer to the detailed travel information which they will receive along with their tickets closer to the date of the tournament or they can visit the Irish Open section at www.europeantour.com for further details.
So, the Irish Open 2012, what are you waiting for?