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Irish Open 2015 Spectator Guide: Transport, parking, food and betting - everything you need to know about this week's golf at Royal County Down

By Ali Gordon

Published 26/05/2015

Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 25th May 2015
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 25th May 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 26th May 2015 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland.
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The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is at Royal County Down this week, and we've created a handy guide for spectators. From public transport to parking, cameras to champagne and betting to big screens, here's everything you need to know ahead of your trip to Newcastle.

GETTING THERE

Buses

Translink are operating special coach services available to book online at www.translink.co.uk/irishopen. 

Coaches will operate Thursday - Sunday from the following towns: Armagh, Portadown, Lurgan, Lisburn, Magherafelt, Cookstown, Dungannon, Bangor, Newtownards, Coleraine, Ballymena, Antrim, Derry~Londonderry, Strabane, Omagh, Larne and Ballyclare.

Fare: £16.50 return.

Translink are also operating additional Ulsterbus services between Belfast and Newcastle from Tuesday - Sunday. Services will operate half-houly from 6am during peak times. Visit www.translink.co.uk/irishopen for more information.

 

Train

Normal scheduled Enterprise train services will operate during the period of the tournament.

A special coach service is available to book online at www.translink.co.uk/irishopen and will operate from Thursday - Saturday from Newry Train Station to Newcastle Bus Station. This coach service does not operate on Sunday.

 

Parking

There will be a free park and ride facility for all attending the Irish Open, but there will be no public parking on site.

There will be two off site car parks situated at Donard Park (blue) and Northfield (yellow). Blue car park will be park and walk only while yellow will be park and ride with a free shuttle bus service every five minutes. Spectators using the Park and Ride buses will be dropped off at the Castlewellan Road roundabout, with a five minute walk from there to Royal County Down.

It is a 10-15 minute walk from Donard Park to Royal County Down.

Operating hours:

Tuesday 8:30am-5:30pm

Wednesday 7:15am-6pm

Thursday 6:30am-10pm

Friday 6:30am-10pm

Saturday 7am-10:30pm

CORK, IRELAND - JUNE 22: Mikko Ilonen of Finland celebrates with the winners trophy after the final round of the Irish Open at the Fota Island Resort on June 22, 2014 in Cork, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CORK, IRELAND - JUNE 22: Mikko Ilonen of Finland celebrates with the winners trophy after the final round of the Irish Open at the Fota Island Resort on June 22, 2014 in Cork, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
MAYNOOTH, IRELAND - JUNE 30: Paul Casey of England celebrates his eagle putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Irish Open at Carton House Golf Club on June 30, 2013 in Maynooth, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 01: Jamie Donaldson of Wales hugs his caddie Craig Connelly of Scotland after he had holed a birdie putt at the 18th hole to secure his first European Tour win during the final round of the 2012 Irish Open held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 1, 2012 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
KILLARNEY, IRELAND - JULY 31: Simon Dyson of England kisses the trophy after winning the Discover Ireland Irish Open held at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club on July 31, 2011 in Killarney, Ireland. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
KILLARNEY, IRELAND - AUGUST 01: Ross Fisher of England poses with the trophy and his wife Jo and daughter Eve after victory during the final round of the 3 Irish Open at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club on August 1, 2010 in Killarney, Ireland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
BALTRAY, IRELAND - MAY 17: Shane Lowry of Ireland celebrates after winning on the third play-off hole during the final round of The 3 Irish Open at County Louth Golf Club on May 17, 2009 in Baltray, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
LIMERICK, IRELAND - MAY 18: Richard Finch of England celebrates the final round of the Irish Open at Adare Manor on May 18, 2008 in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
LIMERICK, IRELAND - MAY 20: Padraig Harrington of Ireland with son Patrick and wife Caroline on the 18th green after the final round of the Irish Open on May 20, 2007 at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort in Limerick, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
KILDARE, IRELAND - MAY 22: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Nissan Irish Open on The Montgomerie Course at Carton House Golf Club on May 22, 2006 in Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
MAYNOOTH, IRELAND - MAY 22: Stephen Dodd of Wales tees off on the 16th hole during the final round of the Nissan Irish Open on The Montgomerie Course at Carton House Golf Club on May 22, 2005 in Maynooth, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
BALTRAY, IRELAND - JULY 25: Brett Rumford of Australia celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Nissan Irish Open at County Louth Golf Club on July 25, 2004 in Baltray, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 27: Michael Campbell of New Zealand celebrates his play-off victory over Thomas Bjorn and Peter Hedblom at the Nissan Irish Open on July 27, 2003 at Portmarnock Golf Club in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
CORK, IRELAND - JUNE 30: Soren Hansen of Denmark and Padraic Liston of Murphys enjoy a couple of pints after the final round of the Murphy's Irish Open played at Fota Island Golf Club, Cork, on June 30, 2002. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
1 Jul 2001: Colin Montgomerie of Scotland on the 1st hole during his final round at the Murphys Irish Open at Fota Island Golf Club, Cork, Ireland. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Munday/ALLSPORT
1 Jul 2000: Patrik Sjoland of Sweden hits a birdie during the Final Round of the Murphy's Irish Open at Ballybunion Golf Club, Ireland. Mandatory Credit: Michael Cooper /Allsport
4 Jul 1999: Sergio Garcia of Spain celebrates on the 12th hole after holing a birdie during the 1999 Murphy's Irish Open played in Dublin, Ireland. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Redington /Allsport
5 Jul 1998: David Carter of England celebrates after the play-off during the Murphy's Irish Open at Druids Glen Golf Club in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Carter won the event. \ Mandatory Credit: Andrew Redington/Allsport
DUBLIN - JULY 5: Colin Montgomerie Scotland in action during the 1997 Murphy's Irish Open held on July 5, 1997 at the Druids Glen GC in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
WICKLOW,IRELAND- JULY 3: Colin Montgomerie of Scotland walks on water as he approaches the 17th green during the Pro-Am in the Murph's Irish Open at the Druid's Glen Golf Clun on July 3, 1996 in North County Wicklow, Ireland. ( Photo by: David Cannon/Getty Images)
30 JUN 1995: Sam Torrance shows his pleasure after playing his second shot to the 18th close to the hole on his first day of the Irish Open at Mount Juliet. Mandatory Credit: Steve Munday/ALLSPORT
3 JUL 1994: BERNHARD LANGER OF GERMANY WITH A SHOT DURING THE 1994 IRISH OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT, WHICH LANGER WON, AT THE MOUNT JULIET GOLF COURSE IN KILKENNY, IRELAND. Mandatory Credit: Steve Munday/ALLSPORT
KILKENNY, IRELAND - JULY 04: Nick Faldo of England with the trophy after his win in the 1993 Carrols Irish Open at Mount Juliet on July 4, 1993 in Kilkenny, Ireland. Faldo also came out ion top in the '91 & '92 Irish Open tournament. (Photo by Stephen Munday/Getty Images)
Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain triumphed at the Portmuck Irish Open in 1990. (Photo by Phil Sheldon/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
British golfer Ian Woosnam won the Irish Open in 1989. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
British golfer Ian Woosnam won the Irish Open in 1988. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 1987: Bernhard Langer of Germany plays in the 1987 US Open golf tournament from June 18-21, 1987 held at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros competing in the Irish Open at the Royal Dublin Golf Club, Dublin, Ireland, 1986. Ballesteros won the tournament. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Getty Images)
Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros receiving the trophy after winning the Irish Open at the Royal Dublin Golf Club, Dublin, Ireland, 1985. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Sunday 7am-10:30pm

There will be a dedicated reserved blue badge car park bay within the Northfield Park and Ride site. Wheelchair users and those who cannot avail of the free public park and ride shuttle scheme should contact the Irish Open hotline on 0800 023 2557/1890 252 689 (ROI) or email tickets@europeantour.com.

 

Bicycles

There will be a cycling park located within Car Park 5 which is a 10 minute walk from the main Welcome Pavilion. Please follow AA Event Signage to Car Park 5.

 

Pick-ups and drop-offs

There is a dedicated taxi pick-up and drop-off area on the Dundrum Road, entering Newcastle, and at Donard Park. Follow signage for taxi pick up/drop off.

 

ONCE YOU'RE IN THERE

Grandstands

Located on the 1st Tee, 4th Green, 7th Green, 9th Green, 16th Green, 17th Green and 18th Green. The grandstands are free to access and available on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

Big screens

Big Screens will be located in the Championship Village, on the 18th Green and the 17thGreen. On Course leaderboards are located

placed around the course on the 4th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th greens.

They will be in action from 8am until the close of play every day.

 

Information Centre

The Information Centre is located at the entrance to the Tented Village. Programmes and draw sheets are also available here.

 

Interactive Zone

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Interactive Zone offers fans the chance to get in on the action. As well as the Confederation of Golf in Ireland

coaching unit, there are also three Nike nets where you can learn to hit it like the pros.

 

Money

There is an ATM located in the Tented Village.

 

Bookies

There are no bookmaker facilities on site, however there are within the centre of Newcastle.

 

Cameras

Cameras are permitted only on Practice Days. Mobile phones are permitted on all five days of the event but the using the camera feature is prohibited.

 

Championship Village

There will be a variety of exhibitions and activities in the Tented Village, including the JN Wine Champagne Bar, Punjana Tea Room, Heineken Sports Bar, Official Merchandise Area and Exhibitors including Dubai Duty Free, Tourism NI, Emirates and the Royal County Down Proshop.

 

Food and drink

The Championship Village has a variety of food and drink on offer, including a Punjana Tea Room and Heineken Sports Bar. For those that wish to graze out on the golf course, there is a dedicated Catering Area behind the 7th Tee and further food stalls by the  big screen by the 17th Hole.

There will also be a JN Wine Champagne Bar based in the centre of the Championship Village.

The Championship Village will be open as follows:

Tuesday: 7:30am-6pm

Wednesday: 7:30am-7pm

Thursday: 6:45am-8:30pm

Friday: 6:45am-8:30pm

Saturday: 7am-8:30pm

Sunday: 7am-8pm

 

Lost property

Lost Property should be handed in to the Information Centre within the Championship Village. There are no left luggage facilities at the event.

 

Medical

Full medical and first aid facilities are available in the Championship Village. In the event of an emergency on course, contact the nearest marshal.

 

Music and entertainment

The Groove Robbers were such a hit in Royal Portrush that they are back at the Irish Open on Saturday and Sunday. They will be on stage once play has finished.

 

Phones

Mobile devices are permitted but must be on silent. Calls are only permitted in designated mobile phone zones.

 

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