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Annual 2020

Robert Heuston

                                                      elcome to the 2020 Annual Edition of Irish Golf Review Magazine, Ireland’s longest
Advertising:                                          established Golf Publication launched in 1996 and with Irish Golf World Newspaper
James Small                                           continues to serve the golfing market at home and abroad in both print and digital
                                                      format each year.
Design:                                Our cover story salutes Shane Lowry, Ireland’s new Open Champion, a top professional who
John Barrett                         conducts himself with class both on and off the course and he is a worthy role model for our next
                                     generation golfer. The Clara man gave a sold out Royal Portrush a weekend to remember last July as
Production:                          he claimed his first Major Championship. Spectators cheered on Lowry's every action as he finished
Emma Meade                           six shots clear of the field at the 148th Open Championship and the first on the island of Ireland
                                     since 1951. It rounded off a memorable week as the last Major Championship of the year provided
Contributors:                        plenty of thrills and highlights. After posting a record breaking 63 on Saturday evening, Lowry showed
Charlie Mulqueen                     a different side to his game on an extremely wet and windy final afternoon at Royal Portrush Golf
                                     Club as he posted a battling 72 to reach 15 under par and get his hands on the Claret Jug.
Philip Reid                            The season past represented a positive year for Irish professional golfers. There were many bright
(Irish Times)                        moments most notably Rory McIlroy’s victories which included The Players Championship at Sawgrass,
                                     the RBC Canadian Open and the US season ending Tour Championship. The Major Championships
Greg Allen                           however proved a huge disappointment for McIlroy and included a missed cut in Royal Portrush. It is
(RTE Radio)                          my belief that Rory remains master of his own destiny and over time many Majors will follow. At the
                                     time of going to press Rory McIlroy was No. 2 golfer in the World Rankings and with his natural
Emma Meade                           ability and course management skills will continue to be one of the favourites for honours every time
(Freelance)                          he tees it up in 2020.
                                       One of my personal highlights during 2019 was the sight of Graeme McDowell returning to the winner’s
Photography:                         zone of International golf with victory at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the
Front Cover Image                    Dominican Republic. While his current ranking is significant behind his glory years, there is little doubt that
Shane Lowry                          GMac has the game and the ability to win big again. For the likes of Paul Dunne, Gareth Moynihan, Seamus
ICON Sportswire                      Power and others it still a case of work in progress however with time and patience better days lie ahead.
                                       On the Ladies front, Leona Maguire continues to shine and in April the Cavan lady won her first
                                     professional tournament at the Windsor Golf Classic in, California. Her total of 204 with rounds of
AIG Cups & Shields Images            70, 69, 65 took her into a playoff which she won at the first hole with a birdie. She won prize money of
Courtesy of Pat Cashman              $22,500. In May, Maguire broke the course record at the LET Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic on the
Photography                          Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. Her round of 64 was the lowest in her professional
                                     career. Many other highlights would follow and by October, Maguire had secured her LPGA Tour
Distribution:                        card for the 2020 season.
EM News                                2020 is a Ryder Cup year and Whistling Straits, Wisconsin will play host to the bi-annual competition
Newspread                            from September 25-27 when Europe and the United States will lock horns for what promises to be a
                                     mouth-watering contest. Golf Ireland’s Ambassador, Padraig Harrington will proudly lead the
                                     European charge as non-playing captain and with his attention to detail and meticulous
For Advertising & Editorial          preparation the European team will be strong contenders to take the Samuel Ryder Trophy back across
Enquires:                            the Atlantic Ocean. Expect Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Jon Rahm to be at the forefront with high
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Email.         May 2020 will be a significant month with the eyes of the golfing world firmly focused on the
                                     Emerald Isle. Mount Juliet Estate, the luxury five-star resort in County Kilkenny, has been announced as
Published by:                        the host venue for the 2020 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, the second Rolex Series event of the 2020
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c/o Irish Golf Review                will host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, having provided the backdrop for the island of Ireland’s national
4-5 Burton Hall Road                 open in 1993, 1994 and 1995 – won by Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Sam Torrance, respectively.
Sandyford                              Inside this Edition we have an extensive International Golf Travel section in which we feature the
Dublin 18                            stunning Algarve region of Portugal, Scotland and their golfing gems, Cyprus, an island populated
Ireland                              by a wonderful array of courses, plus a selection of golfing delights within Poland.
                                       Closer to home we explore a selection of great golf courses and accommodation providers throughout
                                     the Island of Ireland. There is so much to appreciate about Golf in Ireland and we are blessed as a
                                     nation with some of the finest links and parkland courses. Whether you are reading this publication
All material contained in this       at home or abroad make Golf in Ireland part of your plans for 2020. You won’t be disappointed.
edition is copyright of Irish Golf     Thanks to the team at Irish Golf Review & Irish Golf World and our many positive influences around
Review 2019 and may not be           the world for all their support in 2019 which was our 23rd year of Publishing. In 2020 we will launch
reproduced or electronically         our new Facebook page where you can enjoy videos, news, travel, tuition, fashion, tournament
stored without the permission        updates and product news plus travel recommendations to suit your golfing requirements.
of the publisher. However items        Wishing all our readers, contributors, and advertisers a Happy Christmas and New year and all the
may be freely reproduced provided    best for 2020.
the source is acknowledged.
                                      Until the next time…………..

                                     Robert Heuston
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          Annual Edition 2020

                                                                        The Golfing Delights Of
     Cover Story                                                        The Algarve
 Ireland’s New Open Champion
                                                                        As the southernmost region of Portugal, The
                                                                        Algarve is known for all year-round sunshine and
 Shane Lowry withstood miserable weather conditions and the             beautiful, sandy beaches and of course stunning Golf.
 weight of local expectation to claim his first Major title with a      Page 36
 stunning six shot victory at the 148th Open Championship.
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                                                                        Scotland – The Home Of Golf
                                                                        Scotland continues to represent one of the most popular
                                                                        destinations for golfers. In this edition of Irish Golf Review,
                                                                        we explore a selection of great options throughout the regions.

      Features                                                          Page 50

                                                                        Cyprus – A Golf Paradise
 AIG Cups And                                                           Island In The Sun
 Shields                                                                With Cyprus offering a golfing destination full of potential
 Irish Golf Review salutes the 2019                                     and possibilities, there is no better place to ‘take a swing’.
 winners in both the Men’s Competition                                  Page 52
 Finals hosted by Westport Golf Club
 and Ladies Finals which took place in
 Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort,
 County Meath.
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 DDF Irish Open 2020
 Mount Juliet Estate, the luxury five-star resort in County Kilkenny,
 has been announced as the host venue for the 2020 Dubai Duty
 Free Irish Open, the second Rolex Series event of the 2020 Race        Golf In Ireland 2020
 to Dubai which takes place from May 28-31.                             Come and Play our world class courses and Stay with our
 Page 32                                                                many excellent Accommodation providers. Make Golf in
                                                                        Ireland part of your plans this year.
                                                                        Page 56

 Discover Poland
 Irish Golf Review profiles the wonders of Poland which we
 recommend as a leading Golf Travel destination for 2020.
 Page 34
                                                                        Want A Cure For
                                                                        The Yips?
                                                                        Most likely you’re looking in the wrong place,
                                                                        writes Philip Moore, BSc Counselling &
                                                                        Psychotherapy and a member of
                                                                        Rathfarnham Golf Club.
                                                                        Page 70

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Golf & Accommodation                                                Hilton Vilamoura
                                                                        Set among five of the best golf courses in the Algarve,Hilton

Headfort Golf Club
                                                                        Vilamoura features lake-style outdoor pools with waterfalls and an
                                                                        extra-large futuristic spa. Pinhal Golf Course is on the hotel's
Headfort Golf Club in Kells, County Meath is an outstanding 36 hole     doorstep and Vilamoura Old Course is 5 minutes’ drive away.
parkland complex dominated by magnificent specimen trees                Page 46
and river scenery. Both courses take full advantage of the
natural beauty of one of Ireland’s oldest and finest estates.
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JJW Hotels And Resorts
In Portugal, JJW boasts three luxury hotels, five golf courses, and
world renowned centres of golfing excellence. Guests and golfers
have been taking advantage of these award winning facilities for
over 50 years…
                                                                        Four Seasons Fairways
                                                                        Four Seasons Fairways is an exclusive members' residential
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                                                                        club set in one of the most prestigious addresses in the Algarve,
                                                                        Quinta do Lago.
                                                                        Page 48

Quinta Do Lago
Quinta do Lago has something for everyone. Nestled within the

                                                                        Aphrodite Hills
privacy and security of the Ria Formosa nature reserve, this unique
Mediterranean resort allows you to live an active outdoor lifestyle
all year round, surrounded by our three award winning golf              Located on the stunning island of Cyprus, nestled in the heart of the
courses.                                                                Mediterranean, Aphrodite Hills Resort is destined to mesmerise you
Page 40                                                                 with its incredible beauty.
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Pestana Golf Resorts
The Pestana Golf Resort is superbly located on a level plateau, close
to the picturesque fishing village of Carvoeiro, just a few minutes
away from the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve and less than
3hrs away by plane from the main European capitals.

                                                                        Roe Park Resort
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                                                                        The 18 hole parkland layout of Roe Park Resort takes full advantage
                                                                        of its beautiful setting with Lough Foyle and the Inishowen Peninsula
                                                                        providing a dramatic backdrop to the course.
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       e inspired at this wonderfully elevated golf course offering        With fantastic membership rates starting from just €400 Clonmel
       unparalleled views of the breath-taking valley of Slievenamon     Golf Club is open to new members looking for a fun, friendly and
       and the Comeragh mountains.                                       competitive golfing experience. Club President Con Hogan,
  Undulating fairways, meandering streams and testing greens provide     Captains Pat Quinlan and Marie Shee along with our current
a unique challenge to golfers of all ages and abilities.                 members will be delighted to help you get started and involved in
                                                                         the club no matter what your age or ability.
                                                                           We especially welcome our society visitors, distance members and
                                                                         players in our weekly open competitions and were delighted to
                                                                         have hosted groups from all over Ireland and the UK last year.
                                                                         We offer a meet & greet service to all our visitors and Martin in
                                                                         the Clubhouse Bar is happy to look after all your catering and
                                                                         entertaining requirements. Full Pro-shop facilities and buggy hire
                                                                         from just €15.
                                                                           Nestled in the foothills of Waterford and Tipperary just two miles
                                                                         from the bustling town of Clonmel, this really is the perfect
                                                                         country sporting retreat.

 28th DUNMORE EAST GOLF CLASSIC                                            Over the years the Dunmore East Golf Classic has established itself
                                                                         as the No 1 event of its kind in Ireland. Played over 4 top class golf
                                                                         courses which will both challenge and delight our competitors, the
                                                                         beautiful seaside village of Dunmore East with its renowned restaurants,
                                                                         cafes and bars provides the perfect backdrop to a wonderful few days
                                                                         that for many truly marks the start of summer.
                                                                           As well as the Overall Winners prizes we also reward the following
                                                                         categories – Best Overseas, Best Irish, Best Ladies, Best Gents and
                                                                         Best Mixed. Players will also contest a Single Stableford Competition
                                                                         on each course each day and the Charlie Boland Perpetual Memorial
                                                                         Trophy will be presented for best overall performance.
                                                                           All prizes are pieces of the world–renowned Waterford Crystal with
                                                                         a total value this year of €10,000.
                                                                           The number of teams that return to us year after year is testimony
                                                                                                            to the unique welcome and hospitality
                                                                                                            offered to both our Irish and

         he Dunmore East Golf Classic April 27th – April 30th, 2020 is                                      overseas visitors. This welcome is
         now in its 28th Year. The Classic has hosted thousands of                                          open to all our friends old and new
         golfers over the last 27 years. It is a 4 person team event                                        and we hope you avail of the great
 played over 4 superb golf courses in the sunny south east of Ireland.                                      value this fantastic event offers.
 The golf clubs are Faithlegg Golf Club, Tramore Golf Club, Waterford
 Castle Golf Club and Waterford Golf Club.                                                       
   From €429.00 enjoy a five night stay in picturesque Dunmore East,                                       Tel: 00353 (0)87 955 0349
 four days of competitive golf and four amazing evening meals.                                             Email:

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Four great days of unforgettable food, fun & fairways!

        njoy a Taste of Wexford – not just amazing food, but hospitality
        that’s second to none and some of the most beautiful golf
        courses Ireland’s Sunny South East has to offer. This is an
event for the Gourmet Golfer.
  “Without question one of the best few days golfing we’ve ever
experienced. The food, golf and hospitality are always top class!”
  You’ll enjoy a luxurious three night stay at the 4 star Clayton Whites
Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of Wexford Town. Each day,
tee off at a different nearby golf course, ranging from the traditional
Links of Rosslare with stunning seaside views to the gorgeous greens of
parkland courses at Enniscorthy and Wexford Golf Clubs.
  Two of your evening meals will be served at award-winning local
restaurants by skilled chefs using the finest and freshest local
ingredients. Wexford is famous for its quality produce, and you’ll
quickly find out why. On the final night of your stay, there’ll be a               The event is limited to 22 teams and has SOLD OUT early so be sure
special four course Presentation Dinner in your hotel.                           to book ASAP in order to avoid any disappointment.

       “Without question one of the best few days golfing we’ve ever experienced.
                  The food, golf and hospitality are always top class!”
The package price is €365pps and includes;                                         Entry is in teams of four people, any combination, any age, with Daily
• 3 nights B&B in Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford (Mon, Tues & Wed)                & Overall Prizes on offer. All participants must be a member of a golf
• 3 rounds of tournament golf:                                                   club and have an officially recognised handicap. Each day your team will
  • 21st Sept: Rosslare Golf Links                                               be split into two fourball pairs and play in a FBBB format opposite a pair
  • 22nd Sept: Enniscorthy Golf Club                                             from a different team. Your pairings are rotated each day.
  • 23rd Sept: Wexford Golf Club                                                   Additional B&B and single supplements are also available.
• 3 Evening Meals                                                                  To book your team, contact Club Choice Ireland on 01-8011490
• Daily and overall prizes                                                       or email :

          oyal Tara Golf Club, situated just beneath the storied Hill of Tara,   year-round playing with play commencing in 1990. A new purpose-built
          a mile from J7 on the M3, was founded in 1906 and celebrated its       Clubhouse to provide all the facilities which modern day golfers expect
          Centenary in 2006. At its founding it was located on the southern      of their Club was opened in 2000. The result is that Royal Tara is today
 end of Navan town and was then known as Navan Golf Club.                        one of the country’s finest members owned golf club complexes, greatly
   The search for a more suitable amenity brought it close to the Hill of        admired by members and visitors alike.
 Tara, to the magnificent lands of the estate of Bellinter House in 1923, the      The club today boasts a 27 hole complex allowing both members &
 site of its current location. Here it developed a 9 hole course on the lands    visitors to “always get a tee time” in Royal Tara. The Club also boasts an
 it had purchased. The Club then changed its name to Bellinter Park Golf         outstanding practice facility incorporating a Driving Range, Putting Green,
 Club. It was not until the mid-60s that the Club expanded the facility to       Chipping Green – everything to help the golfer improve! The architect
 18 holes and also built a new Clubhouse. The Club then changed its name         designed Clubhouse features well apportioned locker rooms for both
 to Royal Tara Golf Club to give its location an instantly recognisable          Ladies and Gentlemen as well as, on the upper floor, a welcoming Bar and
 geographical location.                                                          great Restaurant overlooking both the 9th and 18th greens. Our Resident
   In the late 1980s additional lands were acquired to expand the facility       Head PGA Professional Mr John Byrne has an impressively well stocked
 from 18 holes to 27 holes. The outstanding re-development of the course         golf shop which provides all golf services. John and his Assistant PGA
 by Des Smyth and Declan Branigan, featured sand-based greens for all-           Professionals are available to provide tuition and custom fitting at any
                                                                                 time by request.
                                                                                   You will always be welcome at Royal Tara, be it for a round of golf or
                                                                                 simply to enjoy a relaxed lunch with family or friends.
                                                                                   Call our Golf Co-ordinator Declan O’Brien on 046-9025508 ext.0 to
                                                                                 book a tee-time or to discuss your requirements for your Golf Society or
                                                                                 Company Golf outing. You can get additional information or book tee-
                                                                                 times via our website
                                                                                   Check out the RTGC Video on
                                                                                 and our Course Flyover on FREE Golf Birdie APP.

                                                                                 Further Information: Contact Declan on 046-9025508 ext.0
                                                                                 • e-mail:
                                                                                 • website:

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The Ryder Cup venue was recognised at the 22nd Gala Irish Golf Awards

        he Irish golf industry recently gathered to celebrate excellence in
        golf tourism at the National Gala Golf Awards, as Adare Manor was
        awarded ‘IGTOA Parkland Golf Course of the Year’.
  The 22nd edition of the awards recognised the future Ryder Cup
venue’s consistently high standards and quality of the course. Following
the extensive redevelopment, which was completed in 2018, the parkland
course is quickly developing its reputation as being one of the best
resorts in the world. Industry figureheads and top players alike, are rich
in praise for the Tom Fazio design, in particular, its pristine conditioning.
  The IGTOA (Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association) represents Ireland’s
leading Golf Tour Operators as well as the many companies that form the
wider Irish Golf Tourism Industry. The 22nd Gala Irish Golf Awards fell
on a banner year for Irish golf, in which The Open returned to the island         “Our Golf Course Superintendent, Alan MacDonnell, and his team
of Ireland for the first time in almost 70 years, with a fairy-tale ending as   continue to maintain high standards of conditioning on the course;
national hero, Shane Lowry, became Champion Golfer of the Year.                 combining the quality of course conditioning with first-class service to
  Irish golf then enjoyed another spell in the spotlight after Adare Manor      all our guests in order to offer a complete golf experience which will
was named the 2026 Ryder Cup host venue, meaning the 5-star resort              leave them with long lasting memories and a desire to return again.”
will continue to play a significant role in promoting Irish golf tourism to       The IGTOA embodies Ireland’s leading Golf Tour Operators, Golf
an international audience.                                                      Courses, Golf Resorts, Accommodation Providers, Transportation
  Following the win, Adare Manor CEO, Colm Hannon, commented:                   Providers and companies who offer supporting services to the Irish golf
“2019 continues to be an incredible year for us at Adare Manor and for          tourism sector.
Irish golf in general. The IGTOA Irish Golf Awards are a highlight of the         To find out more about Adare Manor visit or
Irish golf tourism calendar, and we are thrilled to be recognised as            follow @AdareManorHotel (Facebook), @TheAdareManor (Twitter)
‘Parkland Golf Course of the Year’ by experts in the industry.                  and @TheAdareManor (Instagram).

The beautiful Atlantic archipelago of Madeira has been acclaimed as the ‘World's
Best Emerging Golf Destination 2019' in the prestigious World Golf Awards™.
                                                                                  The Robinson-designed Palheiro Golf opened in 1993 and sits within the
                                                                                magnificent Palheiro Estate, which is more than 200 years old. The course
                                                                                borders the five-star Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro and meanders through a
                                                                                pristine environment of maritime pine and botanical woodland, garnished
                                                                                with lush, sub-tropical vegetation.
                                                                                  And, at nearly 1,640ft above sea level, the location enjoys dramatic
                                                                                views of Madeira's mountainous skyline and the vast Atlantic Ocean, as
                                                                                well as - nestling below, just 10 minutes away - the island's capital,
                                                                                  The par-72, 6,656-yard course takes full advantage of Madeira's hilly
                                                                                terrain, with abrupt ridges and deep valleys. It is listed inside continental
                                                                                Europe's top 200 in one benchmark course ranking, and the presence of

                                                                                a splendid hotel, secured a spot for Palheiro in the top 80 in two recent
       oasting three stunning courses by renowned designers - Severiano
                                                                                ‘best European golf resort' lists.
       Ballesteros, Cabell B Robinson, and Robert Trent Jones Snr - Madeira,
                                                                                  A short, 20-minute flight - or a two-and-a-half hour ferry ride - will
       an autonomous region of Portugal, has enjoyed something of a
                                                                                cover the 27 miles between Madeira and the archipelago's eastern-most
renaissance in recent years.
                                                                                island, Porto Santo, home to Porto Santo Golfe, which hosted the Madeira
  Trent Jones Snr's 1991 redesign of Santo da Serra - which dates originally
                                                                                Islands Open between 2009 and 2011.
from 1937 - created a spectacular 27-hole complex in a beautiful natural
                                                                                  Ballesteros' 7,036-yard course, which opened in 2004 and was built
landscape, with views of Porto Santo and the bay of Machico, where
                                                                                to environmentally conscious standards, comprises two distinct nines,
Portuguese navigators first landed in 1419.
                                                                                spanning an area from sand dunes to basalt cliffs.
  The Machico and Desertas nines form the 6,825-yard championship
                                                                                  The US-style southern route is dotted with lakes, requiring a long,
course, on which the European Tour's Madeira Islands Open was held on
                                                                                precise game; while the northern route is atop yet more fantastic cliffs,
10 occasions - Mark James winning the inaugural 1993 tournament. The
                                                                                near a stunning beach, also called Porto Santo. The signature hole is
third and fourth on the Machico are regarded as the signature holes, sitting
                                                                                undoubtedly the 200-yard, par-three 13th, which requires a shot over a
atop cliffs more than 2,200ft above the Atlantic.
                                                                                gorge to reach a cliff-top green.
  The 3,193-yard Serras course offers a delightful alternative, with lakes
                                                                                  Find out more @
and mountain views along flatter terrain.

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Arabian Ranches Golf Club                                                       patience of our members who have either deferred or suspended their
                                                                                membership until now. It’s going to be fantastic welcoming them back
                                                                                and showing them first-hand the work we have put into re-surfacing
                                                                                each of the greens and replacing them with a new higher quality playing
                                                                                  The renovation was undertaken by Desert Landscape, a division of
                                                                                Desert Group, who completed the project two weeks ahead of schedule.
                                                                                The course was closed to pave way for a greens renovation due to the
                                                                                invasion of foreign grasses, which had affected the uniformity, appearance
                                                                                and smoothness of the greens.
                                                                                  Kinsley was quick to point out the invaluable input undertaken by the
                                                                                entire team involved during the renovation process: “They’ve been
                                                                                fantastic throughout and we’ve achieved so much in tandem. From re-
                                                                                surfacing our greens to eliminating the existing mixed turf sward and
                                                                                replacing it with a new higher quality playing surface. It’s been a huge

          rabian Ranches Golf Club has completed a renovation of its            team effort!”
          greens at the championship course with both the practice facilities     Now complete, it is expected that the grass at Arabian Ranches Golf
          and the golf course now re-opened to both its members and the         Club will exceed surfaces of other clubs in Dubai, re-establishing itself as
UAE’s public. Construction work began on all 18 greens at the Troon             a local favourite, and one of the best value courses in Dubai. Having avoided
Golf-managed, Ian Baker Finch-designed course on 1st June, earlier this         any significant delays, many ex-members are excited for the club to re-
year.                                                                           open its doors, to come back and play their home course.
  Throughout the renovation, Sean Kinsley – Director of Agronomy                  The Troon Golf managed course is renowned for its social and
Emaar Hospitality Group, was on hand with his team to supervise the             engaging atmosphere and Arabian Ranches Golf Club is confident
project’s progress. The practice putting green at the Emaar property was        that as a result of this recent renovation, participation and member-
also rebuilt during the summer, whilst the driving range, turf nursery and      ship sales will increase. This is in no part thanks to the renovation
the desert surroundings on most holes were also enhanced as part of the         of the Dubai club’s greens that will return the championship layout to
ambitious course improvement programme. Commenting on its completion,           its former glory of the early 2000s. This will in turn allow for the
Kinsley said:                                                                   return of an active tournament calendar, which resembles years
  “This has been the largest enhancement the club has ever undertaken,          gone by at Arabian Ranches Golf Club.
since we opened back in February 2004. I’d particularly like to thank the         Find out more @

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 Golfers with a passion for the most traditional form of the game can enjoy the
 many delights of links golf on Ireland’s spectacular west coast thanks to a new
 golf package unveiled by PGA National Ireland Slieve Russell.
                                                                                  Complementing the golf course is a 222-bedroom,
                                                                                four-star hotel; an award-winning Ciuin Spa; and an
                                                                                outstanding golf academy where resident head PGA
                                                                                professional Gordon Smyth and his team is available
                                                                                with expert tuition, state-of-the-art video analysis
                                                                                and training programmes to help golfers of all
                                                                                abilities achieve their goals.

                                                                                About PGA National Ireland Slieve Russell
                                                                                  PGA National Ireland Slieve Russell’s highly acclaimed
                                                                                18-hole championship course forms part of the
                                                                                magnificent 300-acre Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf &
                                                                                Country Club estate. Created by highly-regarded Irish

                              he popular venue in Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan       golf architect Patrick Merrigan, the layout’s clever
                              has teamed up with County Sligo Golf Club,        design wraps attractively around the lakes and drumlins
                              Donegal Golf Club and Strandhill Golf Club to     of the County Cavan landscape.
                       launch the ‘PGA National Ireland West Coast Links          Designed with a bold and instinctive feel, PGA
                       Tour’.                                                   National Ireland Slieve Russell is regarded as one of
                         Based at PGA National Ireland, the exciting new        Ireland’s leading parkland venues. A course of
                                                                                stunning quality both from a visual and a playing
                       2020 breaks are available to golf groups of eight or
                                                                                perspective, the par-72 layout measures in excess of
                       more people and offer access to four outstanding 18-
                                                                                7,000 yards from the back tees and is firmly established
                       hole championship courses – three links and one
                                                                                among Ireland’s top 50 courses.
                       parkland – with all four venues regularly ranked
                                                                                  Opened in 1992, the course presents a stern golfing
                       inside Ireland’s top 50 courses.
                                                                                challenge, although one that is regarded as strategic
                         Prices start from €365 per person for two nights’
                                                                                rather than punitive. The back nine contains some of
                       bed-and-breakfast and three rounds of golf, while        the best holes in Ireland, with part of the 50 acres of
                       seven-night unlimited golf experiences are bookable      water that make up the Slieve Russell estate playing
                       from €1,731 per person. All tour packages include        an intricate part in the design.
                       four-star bed-and-breakfast hotel accommodation at         Located just 90 minutes from Dublin and two hours
                       PGA National Ireland.                                    from Belfast, PGA National Ireland Slieve Russell has
                         Set just 90 minutes from Dublin and two hours          staged numerous major Irish PGA tournaments while
                       from Belfast, PGA National Ireland’s championship        its annual PGA pro-am, which was first held in 1997,

     “PGA National Ireland’s championship course is regarded among Ireland’s finest
 parkland layouts and, as well as hosting two European Tour events, was ranked number
                                  one in Ulster in 2018”
                       course is regarded among Ireland’s finest parkland       has featured a collective prize fund of €1.2million since
                       layouts and, as well as hosting two European Tour        it started – the highest paid PGA pro-am tournament
                       events, was ranked number one in Ulster in 2018.         in Ireland. In addition, the club has played host to
                         Barely an hour’s drive away, County Sligo Golf Club    two European Tour events when the North West of
                       – which is also known as Rosses Point – was designed     Ireland Open was held in 2001 and 2002.
                       by Harry Colt and is rated as one of Ireland’s best        PGA National Ireland Slieve Russell is also the
                       links courses. Home of the West of Ireland Amateur       home club of up-and-coming Irish golfing stars Lisa
                       Championship, it has staged numerous high-profile        and Leona Maguire, both of whom turned professional
                                                                                in 2018 after stellar amateur careers that saw Leona
                       tournaments including this year’s Irish Open Amateur
                                                                                twice ranked as the world’s number one amateur, and
                                                                                twin sister Lisa winning 15 amateur titles.
                         Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019, Donegal’s
                                                                                  Complementing the golf course is a 222-bedroom,
                       par-73 layout offers magnificent views of the Atlantic
                                                                                four-star hotel; an award-winning Ciuin Spa; and an
                       Ocean and Donegal Bay and has been described by
                                                                                outstanding golf academy where resident head PGA
                       some people as the ‘Muirfield of Ireland’, while
                                                                                professional Gordon Smyth and his team are available
                       Strandhill’s attractive par-70 course is regarded as     with expert tuition, state-of-the-art video analysis
                       being the epitome of golf along Ireland’s stunning       and training programmes to help golfers of all
                       Wild Atlantic Way.                                       abilities achieve their goals.
                         Situated in the glorious setting of Ballyconnell in      For more information on the PGA National
                       County Cavan, is one of only a handful of facilities     Ireland West Coast LinksTour and to book, please
                       around the world to be endorsed by The PGA after         Contact Stephen Masterson at Email :
                       being rebranded as ‘PGA National Ireland’ earlier this or visit the
                       year.                                                    website

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 One of David Leadbetter’s trusted lieutenants believes the knowledge available
 on the new online coaching platform can help rebuild a professional career and
 provide the knowledge for sustained coaching success.
                                                                                   Hogan explained: “I share David’s philosophy which
                                                                                 is always about helping people get better, whether
                                                                                 those are Major champions, elite-level players or
                                                                                 those ‘weekend warriors’.
                                                                                   “It’s been a fantastic coaching journey for me and I
                                                                                 feel privileged to have been able to work with some
                                                                                 incredible players who have gone on to achieve great
                                                                                 things in the game.
                                                                                   “Looking back, working with Lee Westwood back in
                                                                                 2003 was very satisfying and I always look back on
                                                                                 that with a lot of pride.
                                                                                   “When Lee came to us, it was almost ‘game over’
                                                                                 and it seemed like he was almost ready to quit playing
                                                                                 golf totally.
                                                                                   “He was down to around 250 in the world rankings,
                                                                                 his confidence was gone and it was a case of putting
                                                                                 his game back together block by block. It took a
                                                                                 while but then he got those fundamentals back and
                                                                                 then he could start to show what a class player he is

                              ean Hogan – a key contributor for the new          all over again. He did the hard work himself but it
                              Leadbetter Golf University – established himself   was great to play a part in that and see him back
                              as master instructor under the wing of the         where he belonged.
                       legendary golf coach and has since forged his own           “With elite players like him, it can sometimes just
                       reputation as one of the world’s leading coaches.         be a subtle tweak and being able to shore up a
                         Originally from Dublin, Hogan was a member of the       weakness in their game and get back to that solid,
                       Irish national junior golf team alongside Darren          reliable technique from before.”
                       Clarke and Padraig Harrington before a scholarship at       Although coaching and technical knowledge is
                       the University of South Florida set him on his path to    important, Hogan believes it’s essential for golfers to
                       coaching some of the greats of the game.                  be able to undertake their own learning too.
                         Since then, he has worked with a huge selection of        He said: “Some players these days are very coach-
                       Major winners, Ryder Cup stars and PGA Tour winners       reliant and want you to have all of the answers,
                       including Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood,         whereas others, like Ian Poulter for example, want

  “ I share David’s philosophy which is always about helping people get better, whether
        those are Major champions, elite-level players or those ‘weekend warriors”
                       Trevor Immelman, Freddie Jacobson and Lydia Ko.           that information but will then take ownership of that
                         But his module Evolution of the Golf Swing for the      themselves.
                       Leadbetter Golf University aims to pass on some of          “Ian wanted input but was pretty self-reliant, so
                       that knowledge which helped resurrect the career of       effectively was taking the best bits which worked for
                       Westwood after he plummeted down the world rankings       him. In my view, that’s the best way to go. Of course
                       before rediscovering the form that spurred him on to      we want to help them, but we also let them figure it
                       another 21 professional victories and seven further       out and find their own path. After all, back in the day,
                       Ryder Cup appearances.                                    players had to work everything out for themselves.”
                                                                                   With other modules available on youth
                                                                                 development, physical, technical and mental coaching
                                                                                 methods, there is a wealth of combined expertise
                                                                                 available for up-and-coming coaches to learn from.
                                                                                   Hogan said: “There will be several modules but this
                                                                                 one is to make sure it’s a key piece of the tool box for
                                                                                 coaches. You get a real sense of David’s philosophy
                                                                                 and a very clear understanding of his take on the golf
                                                                                 swing. A good coach never stops learning but that’s
                                                                                 why the Leadbetter Golf University is such a great
                                                                                 platform to understand best practice and key values
                                                                                 from some experts in their field.”
                                                                                   For more information on Leadbetter University,

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Home To Ireland’s Oldest Golf Club, Rory McIlroy and the perfect base for
your Society golf trip.
                                                            Scrabo tower       Courses designed by H.S. Colt, James Braid and Peter Alliss sum up the
                                                                             quality with The Royal Belfast, Bangor, Clandeboye, Kirkistown Castle
                                                                             and Rory’s own club, Holywood, awarded the “Quality Assurance” stamp
                                                                             by Tourism Northern Ireland.
                                                                               Green fees start from as little as €30 with society discounts available.
                                                                             Many of our finest golfers have emerged from these fairways and greens
                                                                             including Ryder Cup and Walker Cup players Norman Drew, Garth McGimpsey
                                                                             MBE, David Feherty and of course McIlroy.
                                                                               Award winning accommodation, many offering golfers special deals,
                                                                             range from 5* luxury to affordable B&B’s, Guest Houses and Self-Catering
                                                                             and with the greatest number of award-winning restaurants outside of
                                                                             Belfast you can ensure the appetite, built up on the fairways, is satisfied.
                                                                             Coupled with the best craic and nightlife on offer, Ards and North Down

        n Belfast’s doorstep and only 90 minutes from Dublin is Ards and     really is the perfect destination for your next golfing break.
        North Down which makes for the perfect base for a society golf
        trip; we have all the right ingredients to make your stay with us    For further information:
memorable.                                                                   +44 (0)28 9127 0069 | +44 (0)28 9182 6846
 Rory McIlroy declared Northern Ireland, “the golfing capital of the
world” and in 2019 it arguably has been having hosted The Open in July.
                                                                                                                                 Royal Belfast Golf Club
 Ards and North Down has a proud golfing tradition, long preceding
even Rory’s exploits, with golf dating back over 125 years when The
Royal Belfast Golf Club became Ireland’s first, in 1881. Since these early
days the fine clubs and courses from links to parkland, all within a short
and accessible distance of each other, have continued this tradition.
 Ards and North Down is ideally located for the perfect golfing break.
With its 13 diverse courses, stunning scenery including views of Belfast
and Strangford Lough and even Scotland what more could you ask for?

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Pestana Gramacho Golf Course

                               Take your Golfing International with 30th anniversary,
                               show only deals at the Holiday World Show 2020.

                                      he Holiday World Show returns to the RDS            and unrivalled facilities whether travelling with family,
                                      Simmonscourt, January 24th – 26th for its           among friends or for a business event. Gramacho
                                      30th year. We are welcoming an international        Pestana Golf Resort and Quinta do Lago Golf Course
                               assortment of exclusive golfing experiences, offering      will also be on exhibiting at Holiday World Show.
                               show only deals not to be missed by avid golf fans.
                               Travel professionals will be on hand at the Holiday        SPAIN
                               World Show to provide advice and their expert                Bespoke golf packages in Spain remain popular as
                               knowledge on golf experiences. With golf                   a long time favourite destination for golfers. The
                               destinations from across the world right at your           Campsites in Costa Brava or in the Pyrenees of
                               doorstep at Holiday World Show 2020, seize the             Girona offer a wonderful combination of sports and
                               opportunity to plan your ultimate golf vacation.           recreation while basking in the beauty of nature.
                                                                                          Golfers can choose from a selection of Campsites
                               PORTUGAL                                                   within the region of Costa Brava offering close
                                 Showcasing Portugal’s beauty, The Bom Sucesso            proximity and special rates to the golf course.
                               Resort (BOS) situated on the banks of Óbidos Lagoon,         Precise Resort El Rompido’s magnificent 36-hole
                               was developed under a concept of excellence,               golf course, surrounded by pine and orange groves,
                               integrating Modern Architecture with nature. With          is considered one of the top 1000 courses in Europe
                               an 18-hole Championship golf course, the challenging       due to its compelling and innovative design. With
                               circuit of the Guardian Golf course occupies more          over 300 days of sunshine each year, El Rompido
                               than a 60 acre perimeter. The resort offers unparalleled   secures an attractive benefit when it comes to
                                                                                          guaranteed enjoyment.
                                                                                            La Finca and Las Ramblas courses of the La Finca
                                                                                          Resort, owe their genius design to none other than
                                                                                          Pepe Gancedo, one of Spain’s best amateur players
                                                                                          in the history of golf. Both courses offer juxtaposing
                                                                                          scenic views with La Finca presents itself to the
                                                                                          entire Vega Baja region of the Segura river while
                                                                                          Las Ramblas is nestled among a beautiful
                                                                                          Mediterranean landscape.

                                                                                            The Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus offer a magnificent
                                                                                          18-hole championship golf course, a dedicated 3-
                                                                                          hole Golf Academy, a magnificent Clubhouse all
                                                                                          while being surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Set
                                                                                          along manicured fairways of lush Bermuda grass
                                                                                          the course overlooks the sea and offers facilities and
                                                                                          services which enable golfers of all standards to
Castlerosse Golf                                                                          improve their playing ability.

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THE FLYING GOLFER                                           perfect for all skill levels and provides a truly unique
  The Flying Golfer team from Killester Travel will         golfing experience.
be at the Holiday World Show 2020 to advise and               The Castlerosse Park Resort offer a specifically tailored
recommend trips for golfers of all levels. With a           ‘Golf Membership Offer’ for recreational golfers who
range of international packages on offer, don’t miss        would like to improve their skills and earn a golf
your chance to talk to them about planning your             handicap which would enable them to play in
next trip away!                                             competitions and leagues. This package offers guests
                                                            an out-of-town membership to Castlerosse Golf Club,
THE RYDER CUP                                               membership to the Golf Union of Ireland or the Irish
  Show your support for Europe as they defend the           Ladies Golf Union, a GUI/ILGU recognised handicap,
Ryder Cup against a very determined USA team with           and 4 nights stay in the beautiful Castlerosse Park
the Ryder Cup package from Killester Travel. The package    Resort, all for €490 for singles or €780 for couples.
includes a daily ticket to the Ryder Cup, taking place        Slightly more challenging Irish Golf resorts featuring
over 3 days on the magnificent Whistling Straits course,    at Holiday World Show include Castlemartyr Golf
a 36-hole links-style golf course designed by Pete Dye.     Resort in East Cork and Dromoland Castle Golf and
                                                            Country Club in Clare.
MOROCCO                                                       The Castlemartyr Golf Resort in East Cork offers
  If you’re looking to combine a golf trip with sunshine    golfers a unique and memorable golfing experience.
and a rich cultural experience, this escorted golf trip     Set in an old manor estate in East Cork, the Resort has
to Morocco is for you. The fourth largest city in           an 18 hole, 6,728 yd, Par 72, inland links style course,
Morocco, Marrakech is a wonderful alternative destination   designed by Ron Kirby, whose other works include the
for a golf trip. Groups will stay in the luxurious 4        courses at Dromoland Castle, the Old Head and Mount
Star Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech Hotel, set          Juliet. The course creates a visually pleasing, yet
in 10-hectare landscaped grounds overlooking the            challenging experience, and can be played by golfers
Atlas Mountains. Expected courses to feature on this        of any calibre.
trip are Montgomerie, the Al Maadan Royal and The             Dromoland Castle Golf and Country Club, part of
Tony Jacklin Courses.                                       the Dromoland Estate in Clare, has undergone an amazing
  The Montgomerie is an 18-hole, 6,230-metre par 71         transformation over the last three years, even winning
golf course, designed by European Golf Design in            the Irish Gold Tour Operators Award for Parkland

                   “Seize the opportunity to plan your ultimate golf vacation”
conjunction with professional golfer Colin Montgomerie,     Course of the Year in 2018. The Inn at Dromoland
winner of an unprecedented eight European Tour Order        offers visitors access to the magnificent 18 hole, 6,845
of Merit Awards. The course was once part of a large        yard championship parkland course, with a range of
olive grove, and is located close to both the airport       packages at different rates available to suit all golfers.
and the city centre. Golfers teeing off at the first can      Take the opportunity to research your dream holiday
enjoy views of the 250ft tall minarets of the Koutoubia     under the guidance of our knowledgeable exhibitors.
Mosque, in the southwest quarter of the city.               With one-to-one conversations with professionals,
  Set in the heart of a hilly wooded area, facing the       tailored to your specific country of choice, the Holiday
Atlas Mountains, the Al Maaden Royal Golf Course is an      World Show provides invaluable insight that cannot be
18-hole, par 72 championship course, with a total length
                                                            found on the internet.
of 6,569 meters. Designed by Kyle Phillips, the course
                                                              For up-to-date information on Holiday World
seamlessly blends Scottish and Moroccan features, and is
                                                            Show 2020 see
suitable for golfers of all levels and capabilities.
  Designed by veteran golfer Tony Jacklin and
award-winning architect Marco Martin, the Tony
Jacklin Marrakech Course complements the Argan
Golf Resort with its sculpted landscape and endless
ornamental bougainvillea vines. Set against the
backdrop of the iconic Atlas Mountains, the course is
already considered one of the most picturesque on
this side of the Atlantic.

  For those considering a golfing holiday closer to
home, the Holiday World Show provides visitors with
the opportunity to get expert advice on golf courses
all over Ireland.
  The Castlerosse Park Resort nestled between Killarney
town and Kerry’s iconic National Park, is home to the
Castlerosse Golf Club. The nine-hole parkland course
offers breathtaking views across Lough Leane and the
majestic mountain peaks of the MacGillycuddy Reeks.
Combining a range of longer, more challenging holes                                                              Al Maaden Royal Golf Course in Marrakech
as well as rewarding, shorter risk holes, this course is

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The Ladies European Tour has announced an exciting new partnership with
La Manga Club in Spain, which will host Qualifying School in January, as the
next generation of champions begin their journey in professional golf.
                                                                           discovering golf’s stars of the future, and it will be a great privilege
                                                                           for the resort to showcase our world-class sports and leisure facilities
                                                                           to a new international audience.”

                                                                           ABOUT LA MANGA CLUB
                                                                             La Manga Club is a sports and leisure resort, located in the Spanish
                                                                           region of Murcia on the Mediterranean coast.
                                                                             It covers an area of 560 hectares, three times the size of the Principality
                                                                           of Monaco.
                                                                             Located in a magnificent natural environment next to the Calblanque
                                                                           Regional Park and the Mediterranean, with a mild year-round climate

       a Manga Club – an exclusive holiday, sports and leisure resort,     and exceptional security and privacy, the exclusive resort of La
       which boasts a five-star hotel, three golf courses and a wellness   Manga Club (Cartagena, Murcia) offers luxury, leisure and sport in
       centre amongst its outstanding facilities – has played host to      a unique setting. It is just a 30-minute drive from the region’s new
four previous editions of the LET’s Qualifying School. Anna Nordqvist,     Corvera airport and an hour away from Alicante airport.
Caroline Masson, Caroline Hedwall and Jodi Ewart Shadoff took the
                                                                           Boasting more than 300 annual days of sun, the resort is surrounded by
honours in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively, before going on
                                                                           natural parks and untouched beaches and its extensive facilities include:
to represent Europe multiple times in the Solheim Cup, demonstrating
                                                                           • A five-star hotel, Hotel Príncipe Felipe
the fairness of the testing golf courses.
                                                                           • Las Lomas Village 4* apartments
  In addition, all competitors will be able to enjoy luxury on-site
                                                                           • Three 18-hole golf courses, which received royal status in October 2017
accommodation, either at the five-star Hotel Principe Felipe or four-
                                                                           • A 28-court tennis centre, including 20 clay courts
star Las Lomas apartments which are perfectly located near both the
                                                                           • Eight FIFA-sized football pitches
North and South Courses. If staying in any of the above accommodation,
                                                                           • A European Cricket Performance Centre
the players can take advantage of complimentary transportation
                                                                           • 2,000m2 Wellness Centre
from nearby Alicante airport, access to the saunas, steam rooms,
                                                                           • More than 15 bars and restaurants including the famous La Cala
gym and indoor pool at the Wellness Centre adjacent to the Las
                                                                           restaurant, overlooking the Mediterranean
Lomas apartments and free shuttle services around the resort, as
                                                                           • A residential community of more than 2,000 luxury residences
well as practising at La Manga Club up to a week prior to the start
of the tournament.                                                           Recently, the resort has become part of the Grupo Inversor Hesperia
  The North and South Courses will host both the four-round Pre-           (GIHSA) a company that has 20 years of reputed experience within
Qualifying Stage on January 15-18 and the five-round Final Stage           the hotel sector. It has a prominent presence in the main urban and
on January 22-26. Running side by side and sharing a clubhouse,            holiday destinations through 29 hotels.
they promise to provide an electric atmosphere for those battling it         After almost five decades of commitment to excellence, La Manga
out for a place on the 2020 Ladies European Tour.                          Club has become not only Spain’s flagship resort, but also one of
  The LET’s acting CEO, Alexandra Armas, said: “We are delighted to        the most decorated holiday resorts in Europe.
return to La Manga Club, which is a fantastic venue and has hosted           Find out more @

   “After almost five decades of commitment to excellence, La Manga Club has
    become not only Spain’s flagship resort, but also one of the most decorated
                            holiday resorts in Europe”
Ladies European Tour events and Qualifying Schools successfully in
the past. We are so grateful that La Manga Club has provided the
opportunity for the next generation of talented international players
to compete to become part of the LET, with the platform to achieve
their dreams in golf.”
  Nick Montgomery, general manager at La Manga Club, said: “We’re
thrilled to have renewed our long-standing relationship with the
Ladies European Tour and to be hosting such an important event on
the golfing calendar again.
  “The previous winners of the Qualifying School when it has been
held here shows that La Manga Club has a proven pedigree for

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                            Irish Golf Review salutes the 2019 winners in both the
                            Men’s Competition Finals hosted by Westport Golf Club
                            and Ladies Finals which took place in Knightsbrook
                            Hotel & Golf Resort, County Meath.

                            Limerick Golf Club, Senior Foursomes Winners

                                   he decision to bring the national finals of      Purcell Shield honours went Tandragee GC and
                                   the five major GUI competitions to Westport      Charleville GC respectively.
                                   Golf Club coincided with some outstanding          Moving to Knightsbrook where six All-Ireland’s
                            and very exciting golf. The County Mayo parkland        Ladies Competitions were played out.
                            lay-out was in immaculate condition played host           The Senior Foursomes belonged to Limerick GC
                            with AIG’s sponsorship contributing handsomely to       after a 2-1 victory over Massereence, while
                            a memorable few days.                                   Mullingar Golf Club were crowned Intermediate
                              Galway Golf Club would prove victorious in Irish      Cup winners by 3-2 over Loughrea Golf Club from
                            Senior Cup defeating their near neighbours Limerick     County Galway. The other 4 wins were claimed by
                            GC in the semi final followed by a 3-2 success          New Forest Golf Club (Minor Cup), Portumna Golf
                            over Carton House in the Final. There was consolation   Club (Junior Foursomes), Enniscorthy Golf Club
                            for Limerick Golf Club however when they claimed        (Junior Cup) and East Cork Golf Club (Challenge
                            the Barton Shield against a strong County Sligo GC      Cup).
                            team.                                                     The Cups and Shields Finals play a significant role
                              Host club, Westport had plenty to celebrate also      on the GUI Calendar year on year and through the
                            with success in the Junior Cup over Dun Laoghaire       sponsorship of AIG the competitions are going from
                            GC, while the Jimmy Bruen Shield and Pierce             strength-to-strength.

                            Mullingar Golf Club, Intermediate Cup Winners           New Forest Golf Club, Minor Cup Winners

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East Cork Golf Club, Challenge Cup Winners             Enniscorthy Golf Club, Junior Cup Winners

Charleville Golf Club, Pierce Purcell Shield Winners   Westport Golf Club, Junior Cup Winners

Galway Golf Club, Senior Cup Winners                   Limerick Golf Club, Barton Shield Winners

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 Headfort was proud to host the Stone Irish Challenge,
 which finally took place on the Christy O’Connor Jnr.
 Headfort New Course, being the final full field event of
 the Challenge Tour season.
 Winner congratulated by runner-up, Oscar Lengen of Sweden

                                               he leading 70 players retain their cards for        on the Tour this year. Many thanks to all members
                                               next season and move onwards in the Race to         and volunteers who stood out in the rain.”
                                               Mallorca where full cards for next season’s           Jamie Hodges, Head of the Challenge Tour declared
                                       PGA European Tour can be attained. The €200,000             that “Headfort Golf Club proved to be a fantastic test
                                       tournament would earn the winner a place in the             of golf for the Stone Irish Challenge. The Challenge
                                       upcoming two limited field events in China (Hainan          Tour players were very complimentary of the fast
                                       and Foshan Opens) including the leading 53 players          and smooth greens, the thick and challenging
                                       from current Rankings. The top 45 players from the          rough as well as the overall demand on shot-
                                       season will compete in the Challenge Tour Grand Final,      making they were presented with throughout the
                                       the leading 15 players on the Rankings earning              week. The clubhouse staff were also fantastic and
                                       European Tour Cards for 2020.                               made our players feel very welcome. It is safe to say
                                         A strong Irish contingent contested the event,            Headfort New held its own against the future stars of
                                       including Cormac Sharvin, currently eighth in the           our game.”
                                       order of merit, and Gavin Moynihan, who were among            Headfort Golf Club prides itself on the quality of
                                       15 home players included in the card.                       both its courses and the well-known enthusiasm and
                                         The first morning opened with exacting conditions,        geniality which awaits all those who visit the Club.
                                       overnight rain and continuing showers making life           The Stone Irish Challenge was presented with a complex
                                       initially difficult for the players. As the weather         in pristine condition, facilities to guarantee smooth
                                       improved, scoring also improved as the young                organisation, and a welcome which was worthy of
                                       players got to grips with the course. Early leaders         the Challenge Tour event.
                                       were Emilio Cuartero Blanco, Aaron Cockerill, and             Headfort is situated in Kells, in the heart of Ireland’s
                                       Oscar Lengden. Over the following two days, more            Ancient East, and home to the Book of Kells. In

            “One of the best, if not the best test provided on the Tour this year”
                                       benign weather allowed many spectators to enjoy             addition, the Boyne Valley, Newgrange, the Guth Gafa
                                       the players exhibiting their considerable skills.           documentary film festival, and the acclaimed Hinterland
                                       However, the course remained a challenge with its           Festival offer the visitor a unique opportunity to
                                       set up, the conditions of the rough, and leading            immerse themselves in a region steeped in history
                                       players were unable to achieve better than -13 on           and Irish culture.
                                       the scoreboard.                                               The Club, its officers, staff and members look forward
                                         On the final day, heavy rain delayed the start, and       to meeting you in the near future to enjoy the
                                       following a limited number of holes the players were        experience of an inspiring golf encounter in magnificent
                                       called in due to excessive standing water on the greens.    surroundings and hospitality second to none.
                                       The leading two players, Cuartero Blanco, and Lengden,           Winning putt by Emilio Cuartero Blanco, (Spain)
                                       both on -11, fought a playoff on the difficult 17th.
                                       par three. After three attempts, Cuartero Blanco
                                       holed a long putt for birdie for a prize of 32,000
                                       euros, his first Challenge Tour victory. Best home
                                       performances came from Cormac Sharvin, (joint 5th),
                                       and Gavin Moynihan, (joint 10th).
 Presentation of winner's trophy by      Andrew Snoddy, the Tournament Director, remarked
 Sponsor Richard Stone of Stone        that the Tour and many of the players had found
 Investment Group Limited
                                       Headfort, “One of the best, if not the best test provided

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Shane Lowry withstood miserable weather conditions and the weight of local
expectation to claim his first Major title with a stunning six shot victory at the
148th Open Championship.

                                          hane Lowry gave a sold out Royal Portrush a        not believe this was happening to me. I feel like I
                                          weekend to remember as the Irishman won            am in an out-of-body experience. I was so calm."
                                          his first Major Championship. Spectators             Beginning the day four shots clear of nearest
                                   cheered on Lowry's every action as he finished six        challenger Fleetwood, Lowry made a nervy start,
                                   shots clear of the field at the 148th Open Championship   finding the rough and then sand at the opening hole
                                   and the first on the island of Ireland since 1951. It     to card his first bogey since Friday, but he was
                                   rounded off a memorable week as the last Major            spared a two shot swing as the Englishman missed
                                   Championship of the year provided plenty of thrills       his eight foot birdie putt.
                                   and highlights.                                             Lowry's four shot lead was restored at the par three
                                    After posting a record breaking 63 on Saturday           third when playing partner Fleetwood made his first
                                   evening, Lowry showed a different side to his game        bogey of the day after failing to get up and down. As
                                   on an extremely wet and windy final afternoon at          a sell out crowd cheered him on, runaway leader Lowry
                                   Royal Portrush Golf Club as he posted a battling 72       extended his advantage to five strokes with a birdie on
                                   to reach 15 under par and get his hands on the            the fourth before making another gain from eight feet
                                   Claret Jug.                                               on the par four fifth to move to 17 under.
                                    Tommy Fleetwood finished alone in second on                With the conditions getting progressively worse,
                                   nine under, with third placed Tony Finau a further        Lowry lagged his 35 foot birdie putt to two feet at the
                                   two shots behind the Englishman as the chasing            sixth before notching his third birdie of the day at the
                                   pack felt the full force of the afternoon conditions.     long seventh thanks to his superb touch around the green.
                                    Lowry said: "I can’t believe it. This is not going to      Fleetwood was battling hard - getting his first
                                   sink in for a few days. Walking down 18 I could           birdie at the fifth after his ten foot eagle putt just

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