2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

5th - 8th July 2018

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Tickets, Golf & Accommodation Experiences
Co. Donegal, Ireland

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will be played at Ballyliffin in 2018. The Donegal venue's Old Course staged the 2008 Irish Senior Open but next year's tournament will be staged on the 22-year-old Pat Ruddy-designed Glashedy links which has hosted the Irish Inter-provincial Championships in 2006, the European Tour, North West of Ireland Open in 2002 and the Ladies European Tour, Ladies Irish Open in 1998.

To watch some of the World's best golfers tackle this Irish gem contact Your Golf Travel now to enquire about our variety of ticket and hospitality options.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Experiences

2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Includes Irish Open Tickets
Ballyliffin Golf Club

3 Nights, 1 Round

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Experience

  • 2 Nights, 1 Round
  • Bed and Breakfast at Dillons Hotel, Letterkenny
  • 1 round at Portsalon Golf Club

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About the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

The Irish Open was established in 1927 and after fading from the calendar in the 1950s, was revived in 1975 and has since become one of the standout fixtures on the European Tour calendar. The event was first played at Portmarnock Golf Club and since then, has traveled the Emerald Isle, visiting countless world class links courses such as Royal Dublin, Royal County Down and Royal Portrush, as well as some spectacular inland layouts at venues including Druids Glen, Carton House and Fota Island. Today, the Irish Open is one of the European Tour's biggest tournaments. In 2010 it was hosted at Royal Portrush and was the 1st European Tour event in history to completely sell out and in 2016, at Royal County Down, Rory McIlroy hosted the event, and attracted one of the strongest fields in the event's history.

Tournament Stats

2017 Winner: Jon Rahm (-24, €1,019,362 Prize Money)
Youngest Winner: Sergio Garcia (19 Years and 176 Days, 1999)
Oldest Winner: Sam Torrance (41 Years and 319 Days, 1995)
Lowest 18 Hole Score: -11 (Graeme McDowell, 2009)
Lowest 72 Hole Score: -24 (Jon Rahm, 2017)
Most Wins: 3 (Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie)

Irish Open past winners

Year Winner Country Score Prize
2017 Jon Rahm Spain -24 €1,019,362
2016 Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland -12 €666,660
2015 Soren Kjeldsen Denmark -2 €416,660
2014 Mikko Ilonen Finland -13 €333,330
2013 Paul Casey England -14 €333,330
2012 Jamie Donaldson Wales -18 €333,330
2011 Simon Dyson England -15 €250,000
2010 Ross Fisher England -18 €500,000
2009 Shane Lowry Ireland -17 €500,000
2008 Richard Finch England -10 €416,600
2007 Padraig Harrington Ireland -5 €416,600
2006 Thmoas Bjorn Denmark -5 €366,660
2005 Stephen Dodd Wales -9 €333,330
2004 Brett Rumford Australia -14 €316,660

Tournmament Schedule

Irish Open Practice Monday


Practice Day - exact tee-times of those playing are released on the day
Gates Open:
Mon, 02/07/2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Mon, 02/07/2018 6:00 p.m.
Glashedy Links
Ballyliffin Golf Club, Co. Donegal

Irish Open Practice Tuesday


Practice Day - exact tee-times of those playing are released on the day
Gates Open:
Tue, 03/07/2018 at 7:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Tue, 03/07/2018 6:00 p.m.
Glashedy Links
Ballyliffin Golf Club, Co. Donegal

Irish Open Pro-AM


Irish Pro-Am competition
Gates Open:
Weds, 04/07/2018 at 7:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Weds, 04/07/2018 6:00 p.m.
Glashedy Links
Ballyliffin Golf Club, Co. Donegal


Opening round of the Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club
Gates Open:
Thu, 05/07/2018 at 7:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Thu, 05/07/2018 6:00 p.m.
Ballyliffin Golf Club, Co. Donegal
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Second round of the Irish Open, a cut is made at the end of play
Gates Open:
Fri, 06/07/2018 at 7:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Fri, 06/07/2018 6:00 p.m.
Ballyliffin Golf Club, Co. Donegal
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Third round of the Irish Open, "moving day"
Gates Open:
Sat, 07/07/2018 at 7:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Sat, 07/07/2018 6:00 p.m.
Ballyliffin Golf Club, Co. Donegal
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Final round of the Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club
Gates Open:
Sun, 08/07/2018 at 7:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Sun, 08/07/2018 6:00 p.m.
Ballyliffin Golf Club, Co. Donegal
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About Ballyliffin Golf Club

The Stats

Yardage: 7,210
Par: 72
Designer: Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock
Course Opened: 1995

The Climate

In the month of July, the average temperature is 15 C, with lows of 10 C and highs of 20 C. Sunshine duration averages at 6 hours everyday, enough to pack the shades. There is a 68% chance of rain and 49% chance of a windy day, so best take the waterproofs and windbreaker just in case.

Getting There

Ballyliffin is Ireland's most Northerly Golf Club - exactly 10 miles due South of Malin Head (Irelands most northerly point!).

By Car
Travelling from Derry (and Belfast) the quickest route is to cross the Foyle Bridge then take the A2 towards Moville, turning off for Carndonagh at Quigley's Point/Carrowkeel. Ballyliffin is 6 miles (10 km) beyond Carndonagh.

By Air
There are daily flights from London & Glasgow to City of Derry airport (40 mins drive) and daily flights from most major Cities to Belfast International Airport (2 hours drive)

Golf in Ireland

Fancy some more golf while at the Emerald Isle? Here are some recommendations...

Royal Portrush

Royal Portrush

Distance from Tournament:
90 minute drive

STATS
Par: 72
Designed By: Harry S. Colt
Year of Opening: 1888

TEES
White: 7,143 Yards / SSS 75
Yellow: 6,658 Yards / SSS 73
Ladies: 6,442 Yards / SSS 72

Home to two fantastic courses, the Dunluce which has hosted the Open Championship (1951) and the Valley Links with its undulating fairways and well protected greens.

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Ballycastle Golf Club

Ballycastle Golf Club

Distance from Tournament:
2 hour drive

STATS
Par: 71
Designed By: A.M. Causton
Year of Opening: 1890

TEES
White: 5,876 Yards / SSS 70
Green: 5,733 Yards / SSS 69
Red: 5,327 Yards / SSS 71

Ballycastle offers a unique golfing experience in that it moves from parkland, for the first five holes, into some dramatic links land perched along the cliff edge.


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Galgorm Castle

Galgorm Castle

Distance from Tournament:
2 hour drive

STATS
Par: 72
Designed By: Simon Gidman
Year of Opening: 1997

TEES
Blue: 6,736 Yards / SSS 72
White: 6,230 Yards / SSS 70
Red: 5,457 Yards / SSS 71

Overlooked by the stunning Galgorm Castle, this championship parkland layout is a perfect complement to the rugged links courses that pepper Northern Ireland's coastline.

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Castlerock

Castlerock

Distance from Tournament:
80 Minutes Drive

STATS
Par: 73
Designed By: Harry S. Colt
Year of Opening: 1901

TEES
Blue: 6,805 yards / SSS 72
White: 6,506 yards / SSS 71
Red: 5,904 yards / SSS 73

Banks of rough and whins along with hidden burns and the humps and hillocks that are so characteristic of seaside golf, Castlerock is a genuine links gem.


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