This arrived yesterday in my Inbox... the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is running a special 'early bird' offer on tickets for this year's tournament at Ballyliffin. It's a great idea to keep the publicity ticking over... but it doesn't help that the special offer ends at midnight tonight (23.59 pm, Wed Feb 28).
|Glashedy Rock looms out of the sea beyond the 5th green|
To be honest, the prices of tickets for 2018 are considerably below those of last year's tournament at Portstewart. It's all to do with location. As beautiful as the Inishowen Peninsula is it is also rather remote and a good distance away from the main centres of population. The Glashedy links is the most northern course on the island - Malin Head is only a few miles farther north - so it gives you some idea of the distances involved.
That said, come up and watch the event and combine your visit with playing some ofthe best and/or least known links in Ireland. Portsalon, Rosapenna, North West, Cruit Island, Narin & Portnoo and Donegal all lie to the west, within Co. Donegal, or venture east and try Castlerock, Portstewart or the two exceptional courses at Royal Portrush.
From the Press Release:
The 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is again expected to be the sporting showpiece of the summer when the world’s best golfers arrive in County Donegal for the first time in the event’s long history to do battle on the Glashedy Links at Ballyliffin Golf Club from July 4-8.
Right at the tip of Donegal – deemed the ‘coolest place on the planet’ by National Geographic – the breath-taking landscape of the Inishowen Peninsula will be the setting for a festival of golf and entertainment.
“The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is one of the biggest and most prestigious events on the European Tour,” said Simon Alliss, Director of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
|Approach to the 1st on the Glashedy Links.|
“The event has been raised to a new level in recent years thanks to the support of our host Rory McIlroy and his Foundation, and the commitment of our title sponsor Dubai Duty Free.
“Our ‘early bird’ ticket promotion is always very popular with golf fans wanting to grab the best possible deal on tickets for the event but all good things must eventually come to an end – and sadly this offer must come to an end at midnight on February 28.
“Following the amazing success of last year’s event at Portstewart, we expect this year’s championship at Ballyliffin to be another incredible festival of golf.
“Even at full price, we believe our tickets offer tremendous value for money, but it’s still not too late for all those keen bargain hunters out there to pick up an extra-special last minute deal.
“Staged for the first time ever in County Donegal, this is going to an incredible event for fans of all ages and with free admission for all under 14s (when accompanied by an adult), this is a really brilliant opportunity to book a fantastic day out for the entire family at an unbelievable price.
“We can’t wait to see the world’s best golfers meet on yet another spectacular Irish links course to compete for the coveted title won last year by Jon Rahm.
|Ballyliffin Glashedy's 12th doglegs right and up towards the biggest dunes.|
“You can bet that tournament host Rory McIlroy, along with plenty more star names, will all be doing their best to ensure that the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open trophy remains on home soil.”
As part of the ‘early bird’ offer, Pro Am tickets are on sale for just €10 while a tournament-day ticket can be purchased from €24.
Also under the ‘early bird’ promotion is an outstanding deal offering a season ticket, which includes access to all five days of the event, for only €80.
To take full advantage of these offers before midnight tonight, fans should visit https://www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.com/
A portion of all ticket sales will go directly to The Rory Foundation, which supports children’s charities around the world and is hosting the tournament for the fourth year running.
The 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will again be part of the Rolex Series, with a massive prize fund of US$7 million on offer.
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