Castlerock in contention for Irish Open
General manager Bert McKay has confirmed Castlerock Golf Club are launching a bid to host the 2021 Irish Open.
Golf in Northern Ireland has been blossoming over the past few years and the recent success of the 2019 Open Championship, which was held at Royal Portrush, continues to strengthen the country's standing in the sport.
Last month's major event not only brought about a maiden success in one of the 'big four' events for Irishman Shane Lowry, it also boosted tourism in County Antrim and helped local businesses to thrive.
In a bid to keep big tournaments being hosted in Northern Ireland, McKay has confirmed Castlerock, which was awarded Ireland's "Hidden Gem" for Links Golf on the North Coast, is being considered for the 2021 Irish Open.
"We are aiming as high as we can and see where it takes us," he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "It's the national championship and one of the biggest events on the European Tour now.
"We have seen the impact that has been made at Portrush, Portstewart and Ballyliffin, and it would be remiss not to have a go and put the whole north coast on the map again in between Open Championships."
Reports are claiming initial talks with European Tour officials have already taken place and a visit to the course will be made towards the end of this month to assess the bid.
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