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I wonder if it is part of the process. I do not see it happening till the civil unrest issues are settled.
Mikegood to hear from you, hope all is going well at your club.To answer your question simply, probably more than Merion can hold!Seriously, the surrounding area at portrush is not much different than Turnberry or Muirfield, and with the other 18 holes there to accommodate the tents etc. I think the club can handle it. I would imagine it is the number of available beds that could be a problem, but I guess construction could begin as soon as the announcement is made!
The problem with the Irish and Scottish Opens going to links courses is that it is very sponsor controlled so if they say they want it at the K club thats where it goes. In theory though great idea to have 3 links courses in a row. The R & A dont like seeing Open rota courses stage other events either, there was quite a hoo-ha a few years ago when Turnberry were going to stage a ET, the R & A threaten to remove Turnberry from the rota.