Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley has officially hit the 1st ball at the new Paul McGinley Golf Academy at Mount Juliet Estate in Kilkenny.
The Academy provides Mount Juliet with a newly sculpted 15-acre driving range, two putting greens and a short game area.
A new swing room is under development where many of the leading brands will be available for custom fit, including Taylormade, Callaway and Vega.
All clubs will be fitted with the use of Trackman 4e technology which will also be used for all forms of coaching at the Academy.
The latest initiative represents an investment of €4.5 million in total spend on all golf facilities at Mount Juliet Estate.
Mount Juliet is part of the Tetrarch Group, Official Hospitality Partners of Sport for Business who also have the Marker Hotel in Dublin, Citywest Hotel and Killashee House Hotel in its portfolio.
“Mount Juliet Estate has long been a top golfing destination on the world stage of golf,” said Paul McGinley, officially opening the Academy at the weekend.
“I am delighted to be partnering with the owners, Tetrarch Capital, to develop the Paul McGinley Golf Academy. With the magnificent Jack Nicklaus Signature Course on the Estate, my newly designed range, sculpted to provide every shot in the golf bag, gives a fantastic opportunity for golfers to develop their skills at the Academy or complete quality practice before going out to play.”
Set across the 492 acres of the Mount Juliet Estate, Championship course has been the selected venue for three Irish Opens, two American Express World Golf Championships and the Shell Wonderful World of Golf series.
Mount Juliet Estate has recently completed the development of a state-of-the-art Clubhouse to complement the new Paul McGinley Golf Academy. There is also the newly developed Hunter’s Yard, home to 93 new bedrooms, conference and banquet facilities for up to 210 guests.
“The Paul McGinley Academy at Mount Juliet Estate is a magnificent facility that enhances our already excellent golf offering here at Mount Juliet,” said Director of Golf, Matt Sandercock.
“Our Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is consistently recognised as one of Ireland’s finest parkland courses and working with Paul, one of Ireland’s most renowned golfers, is a perfect fit.”
“We know he will bring a huge amount to Mount Juliet and we are really pleased to offer these additional amenities to our Club members and all visiting golfers.”
Tetrarch Capital and the Confederation of Irish Golf are among the more than 220 organisations that play an active part of the Sport for Business community.