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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

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

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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