R&A backs Royal Portrush protection plan

Open Championship organisers and Tourism NI chiefs weigh in over controversial plans to preserve one of the sport’s most iconic views...

R&A backs Royal Portrush protection plan

The fifth green and sixth tee at Royal Portrush.

Peter Winter


Peter Winter



R&A and NI'S tourism chief have backed plans to protect “one of the most iconic scenes in world golf”.

Planning officials recommended refusing an extension to engineering work that shores-up dunes adjacent to the famous fifth green, based on environmental concerns.

A committee of elected members was due to make a final decision last Wednesday but instead chose to defer the matter until a site visit has been arranged.

Meanwhile, a letter of support from golf's government body has emerged backing the measures.

*Full story in this week's Chronicle*

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