This year, The Open will return to an Irish course for the first time in nearly 70 years. The 148th Open will take place at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland – known to be one of the most challenging courses on earth thanks to its blind holes, massive dunes and bunkers, and sloping greens set against the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Let’s just say it’s one for the bucket list.
Even with such a legendary backdrop, it can be tough to get the full effect of the course on TV. Unless you’re right there on the green taking in every edge and curve, the constantly shifting camera angles and – oh yeah – the actual game at play can eclipse the details, making every course look the same.
That’s where Ballpark Blueprints comes in. The digital art company creates stylish blueprint renderings of famous sporting sites, including ballparks, arenas, and fairways. The striking hand-renderings depict every crevice you’d find on the green, allowing fans to bring a piece of the action home. The original designs are crafted from custom ink on museum-quality paper, which you can totally get away with hanging just about anywhere in the house.
Most recently, Ballpark Blueprints partnered with author Tom Coyne to capture his golfing adventure across Ireland, where he played every links course along the coastline. The custom blueprint collection includes all 56 courses of his great adventure, including Royal Portrush. “A Course Called Ireland” will help you get to know the nooks and crannies of the links courses of Ireland…just in time to catch them on TV for the Open.
Who’s up for a little golf in the house?