Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf & Country Club has been unveiled as only the 8th PGA National designated golf resort in the world.
The home course of Lisa and Leona Maguire could now be in the running to host an event like an Irish Ladies Open Championship or a European Seniors Tour event that would add to Ireland’s significant lustre as a hosting country.
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is one of the key Rolex Series Events on the European Tour and takes place this year at Lahinch in County Clare.
That will be followed in July when the biggest tournament in World Golf, the Open Championship rolls into Royal Portrush.
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Set just 90 minutes from Dublin and two hours from Belfast, the Patrick Merrigan designed golf course lies at the heart of the Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf and Country Club estate.
The design of the course wraps around the lakes and drumlins of the County Cavan landscape. The back nine contains some of the best holes in Ireland, with part of the 50 acres of water that make up the Slieve Russell estate playing an intricate part in the design.
The PGA National Ireland designation follows a period of sustained strategic investment by Slieve Russell to grow its business not just on the island of Ireland but also internationally.
Slieve Russell has previously hosted two European Tour events and was home to the Irish PGA Championship.
In addition, the venue also stages an annual PGA pro-am, with the popular event featuring a collective prize fund of €1.2million since it was first held in 1997 –the highest paid PGA pro-am tournament in Ireland.
“Since the opening of Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf & Country in 1992, we have worked continuously to ensure that our golf and leisure facilities are amongst the best in the country,” said Tony Walker, General Manager of the Club.
“It is a huge honour to have been selected by the PGA to be designated as PGA National Ireland. We believe it is reflective both of the quality of the course and of the facilities which we have invested in and upgraded significantly in recent years with significant plans to continue to do so cementing our position at the forefront of the Irish golf and leading tourism venue for both domestic and international visitors.”
“We are delighted to welcome Slieve Russell to our exceptional list of PGA Branded Properties,” added PGA chief executive, Robert Maxfield.
“The PGA National – Ireland further strengthens The PGA brand’s reputation internationally and we look forward to promoting Slieve Russell to both PGA Members and golfers across the globe.”
“To join a club of just eight PGA National designated resorts worldwide including, the likes of The Belfry and Gleneagles is a huge honour and reflective of the quality of Slieve Russell as a venue for golfers of all levels and abilities,” said Head Golf professional Gordon Smyth.