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27 Apr 2018

Top British golf writers tee up the Irish Open

34 million golfers to read all about Donegal’s superb golf courses

More than 34 million golfers across Britain – and potential golf holidaymakers for Donegal and Ireland – are set to read all about Donegal’s world-class golf, following a visit by leading British golf journalists. Fifteen (15) golf writers – representing major media outlets like Sky Sports, the London Evening Standard, The Sun and the Scottish Daily Mail – were here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. 

The group had the opportunity to test their skills on the Glashedy links at Ballyliffin Golf Club – home to the 2018 Irish Open in July – as well as the Sandy Hills links at Rosapenna Golf Resort. The writers enjoyed dinner and an overnight stay at Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel & Spa, Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny.

“We were delighted to invite these leading British golf journalists to Donegal, to experience some of our top golf courses for themselves,” said Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain.“Tourism Ireland in Britain has an extensive programme of promotions under way, to highlight our world-class golf and encourage more British golfers to consider a golfing holiday in Ireland. Our key messages include the fact that Ballyliffin is home to the 2018 Irish Open and that Royal Portrush will host The Open in 2019.” British golf journalists with Andy Barwell (fourth right) and Sean Noble (second right), both The Azalea Group, on the Glashedy links at Ballyliffin Golf Club.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 281,000 people across the island.
  • In 2017, we welcomed approximately 10.65 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.78 billion.
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