Adare Manor faces competition from The Belfry to host 2026 Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup could return to England for the first time in 24 years with The Belfry under consideration to host the biennial contest again.
The Warwickshire course, which has already held the competition a record four times, is a possible venue for 2026, it is understood.
Planning and discussions with several countries and governments remain in the early stages following the success of last year's Ryder Cup in Paris, where Europe beat the USA 17.5 to 10.5.
All viable nations and venues are being considered, with The Belfry one of those on the long list and there are plans by Ryder Cup Europe to visit the course.
The resort has undergone a £30million refurbishment in recent years.
The Belfry has hosted the Ryder Cup in 1985, 1989, 1993 and 2002, Europe winning two, losing one and drawing in 1989.
The competition is to be held at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin next year with the Marco Simone Golf Club near Rome the venue in 2022. New York course Bethpage Black welcomes Team Europe in 2024.
Adare Manor in Limerick has already bid to host the 2026 Ryder Cup after being reopened last year following significant investment from owner JP McManus.
Ireland last hosted the event in 2006 at the K Club when Europe, inspired by an emotional Darren Clarke following the loss of his wife, beat the US by a record-equalling nine points.