Golf as a sports game is considered among the top 10 most loved sports globally, with around 390 million followers spread over Europe, America, Asia, and Canada. The origin of golf can be traced back to a game found on the Eastern Coast, Scotland.
During those times, participants used to hit a rock or pebble with a wooden stick or club. However, golf as a game has evolved tremendously since then, transpiring into a luxury game that most people enjoy.
Although the genesis of golf has been chronicled back to Scotland, Irish golf history is quite fascinating and refreshing in its own way. One of the most interesting things to know about Irish golf is that most of the oldest golf courses still exist and are maintained to provide players and tourists a first-hand experience of its enormous history.
Some Fun-Facts About Irish Golf You Shouldn’t Miss!
- The International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGATO) in the year 2004 has named Ireland as ‘International Gold Destination of the Year.’
- Ireland has one of the oldest golfing unions in the world. It was found in the year 1891 as the ‘Golfing Union of Ireland.’
- Golf plays a significant role in contributing to Ireland’s Tourism Sector. As the country offers the best golfing experience with attractive landscapes with scenic views, it becomes every golf lover’s first choice.
- There is no harm in saying that all the golf courses in Ireland offer immensely beautiful scenery and unique designs. However, Tralee Golf Club was listed as one of the top ocean courses. And that is not all; what makes it even more interesting is that every golf hole here narrates a story behind it. [Fascinating, ain’t it?]
Irish Open Tournament
Irish Open is a European-based professional golfing tournament. The current sponsor of the entire tournament event is Dubai Duty-Free, a company that runs duty-free transferences. However, the Irish Open goes back to the early 20th century when the first-ever Irish Open was held at the Portmarnock Golf Club in August 1927.
In the past, Irish Open has witnessed the highest audience in the history of any European tour. Moreover, you should know that the Irish Open is the only European tour organized and held in Ireland.
Irish Open event comes under the Rolex Series of the European Tour that began in 2017. All the tournaments under Rolex Series are granted a fund-prize of around $7 million approximately.
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Irish Open Tournament 2021
Event will be hosted from 1st to 4th, 2021, at Mount Juliet, as announced by the European Tour in its 2021 season schedule.
The coming season will resume with a full-on international line-up with around forty-two tournaments to be held in over twenty-four countries with the inclusion of eighteen events that were canceled before due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 Irish Open championship venue was moved from Mount Juliet to Galgorm Castle due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. However, this year the Irish Open will be held at Juliet Mount.
Short Background on Juliet Mount
Mount Juliet Golf Course, also known as Juliet Mount Estate located in County Kilkenny, Ireland. The golf course is spread over 6,700 m surrounded by River Nore, offering unparalleled scenic views. Besides, the golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus, one of the most talented golfers in the history of golf and was declared as Ireland’s ‘Best Parkland Golf Course’ in 2008 by the reputed Backspin Golf Magazine.
The golf course consists of 18 holes, out of which eight are over water holes. It offers various other facilities such as a spa, hotel, restaurant and even a golf academy within the premises.
No wonder that Mount Juliet is the venue of the next Irish Open tournament here with all the natural beauty and services it has to offer.
For the upcoming 2021 season, the Rolex Series features have been refined along with the worldwide golfing schedule. All the four events under the Rolex Series were given an increase in prize-fund by $1 million along with amplified content, marketing, media, and broadcast coverage.
However, it is rumored that Irish Open 2021 will not be included in the Rolex series this year. Though, County Kilkenny will get its chance to host the Irish Open with an increased fund of $3 million. Furthermore, Irish Open was not alone in losing its place in the Rolex Series, but three other tournaments lost their status in the premium series.
The Irish Open is an event of great popularity and draws fans from all around the world to the land of golf that Ireland is. Golf-lovers and fans desperately wait for the tournament to begin with double excitement after facing rough previous year.
Given the pandemic, the tournaments are being planned in a way that will require less travel following all the health guidelines.
Here was our short guide to Irish golf and the Irish Open that we hoped answered all your doubts and helped you gain some insight into the Irish world of golf. Now, if you’re a football enthusiast (just like me, eh?) who likes to be updated on all the ongoing events and championships in the football world? Then, you can read all about football, from betting tips to the best football betting market here. Until then, happy sporting to you!