Riki: “Unless you were living on Mars for the past year, you couldn’t have missed the build up to the first British Open to take place in Northern Ireland in over 60 years.
I love the North Coast, I love events, but golf….well, in truth, I don’t mind it but my preference is the last day on the 18th hole 😊
“Buying into the hype, I headed to the British Open on the Friday of the competition days and boy am I glad that I did. Simply put, it was incredible! From the travel and transportation links, to the infrastructure, hospitality, family activities and huge mega golf store to the food and drink on offer. And the course…well, it was stunning.
“We started the day, sitting in the sun and soaking up the atmosphere whilst sipping champagne; followed the epic diehard Tiger fans around the course (and the man himself), fuelled up at the pizzeria and ended the day sampling Scottish gin, hidden under a makeshift tent, constructed from two ‘The Open’ branded umbrellas. We experienced all seasons in one day but even the lashing rain couldn’t dampen our spirits. This was a proud moment for Northern Ireland. The international audience added to the occasion and the professionalism of all involved was evident.
“Shane Lowry was the big winner but make no doubt about it, so was Northern Ireland PLC. This was an event done good… a world-class tournament showcased to a world-wide audience of millions.”