Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf & Country Club has become one of only a handful of facilities around the world to be endorsed by The PGA.
Situated in the glorious setting of Ballyconnell in County Cavan, Slieve Russell has joined the association’s seven other branded resorts as ‘PGA National Ireland’.
The hotel provides luxury accommodation in a tranquil setting amongst stunning lakes and scenery. The venue also offers a haven of comfort and relaxation with its world-class spa, a state-of-the-art conference centre and a range of indoor and outdoor leisure activities.
Slieve Russell’s acclaimed 18-hole championship course has hosted two European Tour events and was home to the Irish PGA Championship in 1996. In addition, the venue also stages an annual PGA pro-am, with the popular event featuring a collective prize fund of €1.2million since it was first held in 1997 –the highest paid PGA pro-am tournament in Ireland.
Designed by Paddy Merrigan, the natural landscape of West Cavan provides a stunning backdrop to what many describe as one of the finest parkland courses in Ireland. It is accompanied by a nine-hole par-three academy course and an adventure golf facility to inspire the next generation of young players.
Tony Walker, general manager at Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf & Country Club, said: “The golf and leisure facilities that we have at Slieve Russell are among the best in the country, and rebranding as PGA National Ireland will further enhance our position at the forefront of Irish golf.
“These are exciting times for us and this new partnership with not only help to improve our profile domestically, but also to open up many new promotional opportunities abroad.”
All PGA-branded facilities benefit from the direct use of The PGA brand and its associated value built up over the last century.
The affiliation serves as a highly valued international seal of approval and assures visitors and owners that the course and facilities are of the highest quality.
PGA chief executive, Robert Maxfield, added: “We are delighted to welcome Slieve Russell to our exceptional list of PGA-branded properties. The PGA National – Ireland further strengthens The PGA brand’s reputation internationally and we look forward to promoting Slieve Russell to both PGA Members and golfers across the globe.”
Set just 90 minutes from Dublin and two hours from Belfast, Slieve Russell is also the home club of up-and-coming Irish golfing stars Lisa and Leona Maguire, both of whom turned professional in 2018 after stellar amateur careers that saw Leona twice ranked as the world’s number one amateur, and twin sister Lisa winning 15 amateur titles.
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 are available with expert tuition, state-of-the-art video analysis and training programmes to help golfers of all abilities achieve their goals.