Ireland Golf Club News 10th Jul, 2022 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk
Former Ryder Cup venue the K Club has signed a long-term deal which will see it host Ireland’s national open three times in the next six years.
The Kildare venue – scene of Europe’s victory over the USA in 2006 – will host the Horizon Irish Open in 2023, 2025 and 2027.
Its Palmer South course will also host the Challenge Tour’s Irish Challenge in the intervening years.
Next year will mark just the second time the K Club will have hosted the open, having done so for the first time in 2016. Rory McIlroy claimed a famous victory six years ago.
“We share a special connection with The K Club through their hosting of the 2006 Ryder Cup, and we thank them for their commitment to the development of Irish golf through this long-term deal with both the DP World Tour and Challenge Tour,” said Guy Kinnings, deputy chief executive, Ryder Cup director and chief commercial officer at the DP World Tour.
“This news underlines the strength of our sport in Ireland, as we build towards the return of the Ryder Cup to Irish shores for its centenary edition in five years’ time at Adare Manor.”
The Irish Open was first played in 1927, and the new deal takes the tournament up to its centenary edition.
Ireland’s sport minister Jack Chambers TD said: “We share a special connection with The K Club through their hosting of the 2006 Ryder Cup, and we thank them for their commitment to the development of Irish golf through this long-term deal with both the DP World Tour and Challenge Tour.”
Paul Heery, general manager of the K Club, said: “We are delighted to be back hosting tournaments of this calibre once again.
“We are on a journey to establish a new legacy at the resort where supporting the golfing community in Ireland is an extremely important focus for us.
“The team at the K Club are incredibly proud to be making this long-term commitment to Irish golf which will see us host six years of high profile tournaments in Ireland.”