Friday 21 July 2017

Ballyliffin set to get green light as host venue for next year's Irish Open

 

Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal
Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal
Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

Ballyliffin Golf Club is set to be named as the host venue for the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The Donegal club has been proactive in tendering for the right to stage one of the European Tour's top events, and it's expected to be officially confirmed this weekend.

Ballyliffin hosted the North West of Ireland Open in 2002, an event co-sanctioned between the European Tour and the Challenge Tour.

Six years later the European Seniors Tour staged the Irish Seniors Open, and now the Glashedy Links, designed by Pat Ruddy, will test the mettle of the top players on the modern European Tour.

The news will please Pádraig Harrington who yesterday advocated moving the Irish Open to different venues. Ballyliffin was not on the agenda when the three-time Major champion made his comments about future venues, but a new addition to the roster of host courses aligns with his vision for our national Open.

"Personally, I'd prefer to go to a new course every year. It adds to the festival of the event, as well," he said. "Clearly we need to go back to Dublin every so often, but keep moving it around. When you come to a new venue, they appreciate it. They put the work in. You go to any of the retail businesses in Portstewart and you'll see the Irish Open logo up on the shop front. "

"Everybody's into it, and players who come to this event, they appreciate the fact that they are coming to a different style of golf course."

Irish Independent

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