Calling all golfing fanatics! Killarney is the place to be next year with the prestigious Irish Open taking place on the August bank holiday weekend (July 29th – August 1st). This is the third time the competition will be hosted in Killarney and it will once again return to the magnificent championship Killeen Course where the national park, lakes of Killarney and McGillycuddy Reeks (Ireland’s highest mountain range!) form the perfect backdrop.
The pretty tourist town of Killarney in County Kerry proved to be an irresistible choice for the Irish Open organisers when choosing next year’s venue. With its world famous scenery, lively town centre and plentiful accommodation, Killarney had all the ingredients to be the perfect venue. It’s fitting really, that Killarney is chosen for this major golfing event, as it has a long association with the sport – golf has been played here since 1891! In fact, Killarney boast Ireland’s oldest golf course and it’s no other than Killarney Golf & Fishing Club – the venue of the Irish Open 2010.
The Irish Open is a major highlight on the sporting calendar in Ireland and it is sure to draw some of the world’s best golfers. Sponsored by Mobile Communications company, 3, the Irish Open is one of the top golfing tournaments in Europe and is hosted at a critical time, just weeks before the Ryder Cup when many of the golfers will hope to impress and be selected on the European team to play the USA.
Killarney Golf and Fishing Club is internationally recognised as one of the finest golf courses in one of the most spectacular settings. It boasts not one, but three championship courses and it is the magnificent Killeen Course which will take centre stage for this major golfing event.
The Killeen Course is a championship course with a world class design. It is well used of being in the spot light as it hosted the Irish Open in ’91 and ’92 with Nick Faldo winning the competition on both occasions. It was also the venue for the Curtis Cup in 1996. This 18 hole parkland course really tests the accuracy of long hitters as there’s numerous water hazards. The course has some breathtaking vistas with spectacular lake views from the first 4 holes.
The Killarney Golf & Fishing Club will also hold a wide range of family events from barbeques to open air music and kiddies play areas. It’s also hoped that there will be a festival in the town the same weekend.
Killarney is synonymous with tourism and it has been attracting visitors from all over the world for over 250 years! Killarney is blessed with some of the most stunning scenery in Ireland. It boasts a national park, lakes, mountains, woodlands and some top attractions like Muckross House, Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle and Killarney National Park. The colourful town itself is always buzzing especially during the summer months. It has lots of fantastic shops, boutiques, traditional pubs, disco bars, nightclubs and restaurants. There’s also a wide range of accommodation from hotels and B&Bs to guesthouses, self catering and hostels.
This event is sure to draw thousands of golfing fans to the town, so it is advisable to book your accommodation early. Check out our Killarney accommodation page now to book your accommodation.
To learn more about the course, visit the Killarney Golf & Fishing website.