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Carr Golf offers unique opportunity to play entire 14-course Open Championship rota

Itinerary includes Old Course at St. Andrews, Royal Liverpool, Royal Portrush and 2020 Open host Royal St. George’s

(DUBLIN, Ireland) Carr Golf – Europe’s premier provider of unforgettable golf and travel experiences – announces the unique opportunity to play all 14 Open Championship rota courses in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Itineraries include several of the most cherished layouts in the game including the Old Course at St. Andrews, Royal Liverpool, Royal Portrush and Royal St. George’s.

Old Course At St. Andrews, Swilcan Bridge
The walk over St. Andrews' Swilcan Bridge was not always toward the Old Course's 18th green, as the course was routinely played in revserse during its early years.

Swilcan Bridge, 18th hole, Old Course at St. Andrews

Set to host next year’s Open for the 15th time, Royal St. George’s Golf Club is one of the world’s finest links. As the only rota course in the south of England, Royal St. George’s possesses the deepest bunker in championship golf on its daunting par-4 fourth hole. Established in 1887, its undulating fairways and lightning-fast greens provide an unforgettable challenge for amateurs and professional golfers alike.

Host of Rory McIlroy’s 2014 Open victory, Royal Liverpool Golf Club will again welcome the world’s best for the 13th time in 2022. Originally built on a racecourse at the Liverpool Hunt Club, the property retained a dual role as a horseracing venue and golf course in its earliest years. Apart from Royal North Devon Golf Club at Westward Ho!, Royal Liverpool is the oldest seaside course in England. Carr Golf’s founder and namesake, J.B. Carr, won his first British Amateur on the layout in 1953.

Primed for the 150th Open in 2021, the Old Course at St. Andrews provides golfers with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play the “Home of Golf.” J.B. Carr additionally has a special connection to St. Andrews as the first Irishman to captain the Royal & Ancient. St. Andrews has proudly hosted The Open 29 times dating back to 1873.

This past July, the golfing world witnessed the wonders of Royal Portrush Golf Club during the 2019 Open Championship, captured by Ireland’s Shane Lowry. “Royal Portrush is one of Ireland’s most stunning golfing venues,” says Rory McIlroy. “I could mention every hole in detail, but Calamity Corner, the 210-yard par-3, must be played to be appreciated. With the wind blowing in from the North Antrim coast, this is not a hole for the faint-hearted. In almost every sense, Royal Portrush is a truly awe-inspiring experience.”

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2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club

As “The Birthplace of the Open Championship,” Prestwick Golf Club proudly offers Scottish links golf in its original form paired with a club history like no other. Musselburgh Links, a six-time Open Championship host in Scotland between 1874 – 1889, is the world’s oldest golf course as certified by the Guinness World Records.

Other former and present courses in the Open’s rotation include Prince’s, Royal Birkdale, Royal Cinque Ports and Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England, as well as Carnoustie, Muirfield, Royal Troon and Trump Turnberry in Scotland.

“Following the overwhelming success of this year’s Open at Royal Portrush, Carr Golf is thrilled to offer exclusive tee times at these incredible world-class venues,” says Marty Carr, executive chairman of Carr Golf. “There is magic in playing these world-class links layouts and we can’t wait to create an amazing experience for your group.”

In addition, Carr Golf hosts wildly popular tournaments including next year’s 13th World Invitational Father & Daughter Golf Tournament played on Southwest Ireland’s Waterville Golf Links (July 21 – 24) and the special edition World Invitational Father & Son Golf Tournament at Pinehurst Resort (Oct. 18 – 22).

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GOLF Channel’s Matt Ginella (left) poses with the late Peter Keighery of Carr Golf during the 2019 World Invitational Father & Son Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach

Dublin-based, Carr Golf provides unrivaled customer care with luxury accommodations, transportation, sightseeing and anything else needed for stress-free, extraordinary vacations. Carr Golf also works directly with a multitude of PGA club professionals on incentivized member and association getaways.

For more information: www.carrgolf.com, 1.855.617.5701 (U.S. toll free) or +353.1.822 6662.

About Carr Golf Travel
For three decades, Ireland-based Carr Golf Travel has built its impeccable reputation on creating the ultimate golf escapes to exceptional courses in Ireland and Scotland like Ballybunion, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Waterville, The Old Course at St. Andrews, and Turnberry. Deeply passionate about the game’s history and traditions, the family-owned company creates, plans and implements customized and unique itineraries that include tee times, luxury accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, fine dining, caddies and anything else needed for stress-free, unforgettable golf vacations and memories.

Joe Carr, the company’s late founder, was one of Ireland’s greatest golf heroes with over 40 championship victories including three British Amateur titles. He was the recipient of the Bobby Jones Award (1961), Walter Hagen Award (1967), and played in three Masters Tournaments at Augusta National. In 1991 he was the first Irishman to be honored with Captaincy of the Royal & Ancient. In 2007 he was the first Irishman to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Today, Joe’s son, Marty, operates the business as executive chairman. His brother Roddy is also actively involved. Named winner of Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Award for “Best Tour Operator” from 2016 – 2019, Carr Golf Travel hosts numerous prestigious annual events including the World Invitational Father & Son Tournament, Invitational Father & Daughter Tournament, Donald Ross Invitational and a number of Invitational Links Pro-Am tournaments in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland’s southwest. Moreover, the company is at the forefront of corporate event implementation, as well as developing itineraries built around the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, college football and NFL games in London.

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