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7 ways to swing into the golfing spirit on the Causeway Coastal Route

With less than one year to go until the biggest event in the golfing calendar lands on our shores, now is the perfect time to get a taste for Portrush.

This picturesque harbour resort is popular all year round and boasts amazing scenery, exhilarating surf, top-class restaurants and chic accommodation. Plan a trip to the beautiful seaside town to discover all it has to offer ahead of the thousands that are expected to witness The 148th Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club in July 2019.

1. Check-in at the centrally located Adelphi Portrush, a four-star boutique style hotel. This family-run venue features individually designed luxury guestrooms with sweeping sea views and is the ideal base for exploring the surrounding areas.

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Situated at the heart of Portrush town, the Adelphi also boasts an in-house health suite with a sauna, steam room and spa; the perfect antidote to a challenging day on the fairway.

2. The nearby Royal Portrush Golf Club will be on the world stage in less than 365 days. To understand why the prestigious Dunluce Links course is considered one of the world’s best, hire some clubs from the Pro Shop and tee up to experience it for yourself.

Play the course that will challenge some of the world’s most talented golfers and witness the breathtaking vistas that form a backdrop to The Open.

3. After an invigorating day spent by the sea make your way to Neptune & Prawn at Portrush Harbour.

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Perched on the coastline, it offers a unique range of Asian-inspired dishes using the best of fresh local produce.

This lively venue is part of the wider Ramore complex, and often has eager diners queueing out the door to get a taste of the Causeway Coast. Tantalise your taste buds by sharing the popular salt and chilli Neptune & Prawns, freshly caught from the harbour. After dinner, enjoy one of their signature cocktails whilst watching the spectacular Atlantic sunset from the upstairs bar.

4. Portrush East Strand is a hotspot for keen surfers and watersports enthusiasts, who can be seen taking full advantage of the Atlantic swell throughout the year.

Take a walk along the pedestrian promenade and gaze across the dunes of the Royal Portrush Golf Club  to The Skerries in the knowledge that in a year’s time the same promenade and bustling coastal town will welcome 190,000 visitors to be part of the biggest sporting event Northern Ireland has ever seen.

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5. Fairmount Coast Lodge five star guest accommodation surpasses all expectations. The spacious and stylish cottage has a large balcony area providing unparalleled sea views, and even hosts a jacuzzi in the master ensuite bathroom! Contact in advance of your stay to avail of packages available with the Alive Surf School, to make a real splash during your trip.

6. The iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle exudes history and atmosphere. Built on the dramatic coastal cliffs, it is a must-see during a visit to the Causeway Coastal Route. The 16th century castle experienced a tumultuous and dramatic past and is rumoured to be haunted by a banshee.

The Dunluce Castle app for iPhone and Android is the perfect companion to your exploration, to learn all there is to know about this intriguing site.

7. A hidden gem along the coast, Harry’s Shack, Portstewart Strand is fast becoming the perfect spot to unwind after a day at the coast.

This beach hut style restaurant is located right on the sands of nearby Portstewart Beach and offers exceptional food in a relaxed environment with easy-going vibes. Look out to the sea lapping the shore as you ponder over the tasty menu.

For more spectacular sights surrounding Royal Portrush Golf Club, visit www.discovernorthernireland.com.

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