The PGA was proud to welcome a new venue to its fold in May when Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf & Country Club became one of only a handful of facilities to be endorsed, joining the association’s seven other seven other branded resorts as ‘PGA National Ireland’.
And PGA members have the chance to discover our newest recruit for themselves over the coming months with the popular venue in Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, offering outstanding value on group stay-and-play tuition breaks – including free places.
Professionals looking for a suitable setting to combine outstanding golf with a stunning location for a teaching break need look no further, with PGA National Ireland Slieve Russell providing an array of eye-catching packages to take advantage of, with two-night, two-round packages starting from €210 per person.
Bookable from now until September 30, all breaks, for groups of eight people or more with one in eight golfers going free, include golf on the resort’s acclaimed 18-hole championship course – set out in the magnificent 300-acre estate.
Complementing the excellent layout is PGA National Ireland Slieve Russell’s impressive golf academy and training facilities, while bed-and-breakfast accommodation in the club’s 222-room, four-star hotel and access to its award-winning Ciuin Spa is also included.
Slieve Russell’s acclaimed 18-hole championship course has hosted two European Tour events and was home to the Irish PGA Championship in 1996, while last month it hosted its annual PGA pro-am, the largest in Ireland.
The natural landscape of West Cavan provides a stunning backdrop to the Paddy Merrigan design, described by many as one of the finest parkland courses in Ireland. The layout’s clever design wraps attractively around the lakes and drumlins of the County Cavan landscape. A course of stunning quality both from a visual and a playing perspective, the par-72 layout measures in excess of 7,000 yards from the back tees and is firmly established among Ireland’s top 50 courses.
Opened in 1992, it presents a stern golfing challenge, although one that is regarded as strategic rather than punitive. The back nine contains some of the best holes in Ireland, with part of the 50 acres of water that make up the Slieve Russell estate playing an intricate part in the design. European Tour great and former world number two Henrik Stenson holds the course record of 65.
It is accompanied by a nine-hole par-three academy course while Slieve Russell’s practice facilities include a state-of-the-art enclosed professional teaching area, V1 digital coaching analysis, a covered driving range, outdoor grass tier practice area and dedicated short-game area.
In addition, Slieve Russell’s four-star hotel provides outstanding accommodation in a tranquil setting among 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.
For more details on the professional golf group breaks available at PGA National Ireland Slieve Russell, phone +353 49 9526 444 or go to www.slieverussell.ie .