All Ireland Golf Challenge

Experience Ireland Golf & Travel is delighted to launch the Inaugural All Ireland Golf Challenge! 4 Provincial Qualifiers will take place from May to August with The All Ireland Final taking place on Friday 20th September at The Heritage where the All Ireland Champions will be crowned. This will be a Team of 4 Event, who wants to be our Inaugural Champions??

We will be off to the superb Slieve Russell first for the Ulster Qualifier on Friday 24th May. The county Cavan course is synonymous with hosting great Golf Events and was recently voted the 2018 Golf Resort of the Year in Ulster. Forming part of a magnificent 300 acre estate, including 50 acres of lakes, our highly acclaimed 18-hole championship course is sensitively wrapped around the lakes and the drumlins of the County Cavan landscape. The course presents a wonderful challenge and the devilishly tricky greens present a searching examination of accurate approach play, which adds to the enjoyment factor. To book your place at our Ulster Qualifier please email info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-64-6622830.

Next up will be the Connaught Qualifier at Galway Bay Golf Resort on Friday 7th June. Galway Bay is a golfing gem in the West of Ireland and has come in for rave reviews of the past few years. No stranger to hosting big Events it will host the Connaught U16 Open this year among other Tournaments. Designed by Irish golfing legend Christy O’Connor Jnr, the man himself had this to say about Galway Bay: “This is a true championship golf course with a fair test of golf to all who discover this gem. Washed on three sides by the wild Atlantic ocean laden with pot bunkers together with natural water hazards combines to make Galway Bay one of the truly great courses of Ireland“. To book your place at our Connaught Qualifier please email info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-64-6622830.

The Leinster Qualifier will take place in July when we visit The Heritage on Friday 5th July. This Seve Ballesteros designed masterpiece, his first and only design in Ireland, is a great golfing test from start to finish with the highlights hole being the par-4 9th & 18th which run parallel to each other towards the amazing Clubhouse separated by a large and wonderful water hazard. The Heritage is a wonderful venue and has hosted many Tournaments down the years including the Seve Trophy in 2007 and The Heritage Pro-Am for many years. To book your place at our Leinster Qualifier please email info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-64-6622830.

The final Qualifier will take us to Munster and the Killeen Course at the superb Killarney Golf & Fishing Club on Friday 16th August. This will present Teams the last chance at making it to our All Ireland Final in September, in stunning surroundings. The Killeen has hosted The Irish Open 4 times, in 1991 & 1992 (both won by Nick Faldo) and also in 2010 & 2011 (won by Ross Fisher & Simon Dyson respectively). The Killeen course is one the most scenic inland courses in Ireland, surroundings by the marvellous Macgillycuddy Reeks and also the Lakes of Killarney, it truly is a golfing treat! To book your place at our Munster Qualifier please email info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-64-6622830.

The Winning Team from each Qualifier will then contest The All Ireland Golf Challenge Final on Friday 20th September at The Heritage. The Format of our Provincial Qualifiers is simple – Team of 4 Event with 2 scores to count on each Hole. Max Handicap for Ladies is 36 and 28 for Gents, you must have an Official Handicap to compete in the Event. The cost to enter is €125 per person / €500 per Team and includes the following:

  • Team Entry
  • Soup & Sandwiches on Arrival
  • BBQ at the Halfway Hut
  • Goody Bag & Druids Golf Shirt for Each Member of your Team
  • Dinner & Prize Giving after Golf

If you have any queries on our All Ireland Golf Challenge or if you would like to book your place at any of the Provincial Qualifiers please email info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-64-6622830.

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Mid West Alliance Golf 2018

The Mid West Alliance have finalised their 2018 Fixtures and along with a new Format they are ready for the new golfing season!

2017 MWA Champ Peter O’Keeffe

The Mid West Alliance is open to golfers under 9 handicap and will have 3 Categories within their 2018 Events – Category 1 will be for 3 handicap and lower, Category 2 will be for 4-9 handicap golfers while their new Over 45s Category (sponsored by Kemmy Stonecraft) will be just that, for Over 45s under 9 handicap. The MWA will have 7 Events in 2018 with the best 4 cards from each golfer to count towards the Shootout at Trump Doonbeg! The Top 18 that will contest the Shootout will be made up of the Top 6 from each Category. As per previous Alliances, the scoring format will be Gross Stableford.

2017 4-9 Category Champ Alan Neville

After the 7 events The Top 18 will contest the “Sunday Shootout” at Trump Doonbeg on Sunday 8th April 2018 where the Mid West Alliance 2018 Champion will be crowned!! Your top 4 scores from the Events will carry over into the Shootout.

The 2018 Fixtures for the Mid West Alliance are as follows:

  • Sunday 11th February at Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club, entry fee €35 per person
  • Sunday 18th February at Trump Doonbeg, entry fee €55 per person
  • Sunday 25th February at Galway Bay Golf Resort, entry fee €40 per person
  • Saturday 3rd March at The Heritage, entry fee €40 per person
  • Sunday 11th March at Ballykisteen Golf Club, entry fee €30 per person
  • Saturday 17th March at Dooks Golf Links, entry fee €40 per person
  • Sunday 25th March at Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club, entry fee €35 per person
  • Top 18 Sunday Shootout, Sunday 8th April at Trump Doonbeg

If you have any queries or would like to enter any of the MWA Events for 2018 please email tom@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-87-6453537. Join the MWA Golf Mailing List for Updates – CLICK HERE! You can also give them a follow on Twitter or a like on Facebook!!

Race to the Algarve at The Heritage GC

The Heritage Golf Club is delighted to host the Race to the Algarve 2016 in association with GoGolfWorldwide.com!

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• Weekly competitions will take place between November 20th 2015 and March 31st 2016 with an Order of Merit deciding the top 16 golfers who will tee it up next April with the overall champion winning a golf holiday in the beautiful Algarve.
• The Grand Prize winner will receive a 5 day holiday for 2 people with UNLIMITED GOLF!
• A weekly prize will be awarded to the best score each week as well as order of merit points.
• 50 points will be awarded for 1st Place each week, 40 for 2nd, 30 for 3rd, 20 for 4th and 10 for 5th. 5 points will be awarded to all golfers who enter a weekly competition if they do not feature in the top 5.

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Any enquiries on the Race to the Algarve please email info@heritageresort.ie or call 057-8642321. With over 6 weeks left to play in the Weekly Qualifying Events you still have a chance to book your own tickets for Portugal!

The Heritage Pro-Am 2015

Everybody at The Heritage is delighted that we are once again hosting our Pro-Am over the June Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 31st May & Monday 1st June 2015! The tournament will again be sponsored by Aidan O’Connell & Associates Ltd., while there will also be significant support from our new owners, the PGA of Ireland, Judge Roy Beans Bar/Restaurant, our Members & Friends.

We have still have some team spots available at present with the entry fee costing the same as in previous years, €600 per team of 3 Amateurs & 1 PGA affiliated professional. The team package includes the following:

  • 2 rounds of Golf at The Heritage with a PGA Professional
  • Gift Bag including a Memento from the Tournament
  • 2 course meal following golf each day
  • Music & Entertainment in the Clubhouse on the Sunday night
  • Access to the Natural Golf School each day with range balls provided
  • Fantastic prizes for Amateur Teams
  • Preferential Accommodation Rates for Teams
If you have any queries on our 2015 Pro-Am or would like to enter a team please contact Dean Redmond on 057-8642326 or email dredmond@theheritage.com.

We will also be running a Pro-Am Qualifier on Friday 1st May, entry fee will be €120 per Team of 3, with 1 lucky team qualifying for the Pro-Am from this day! Online entries available, you can also book via phone on 057-8642321 or by emailing tkennedy@theheritage.com.
Remember €1 from every Green Fee in 2015 will also be donated between Temple Street Children’s Hospital & The Cuisle Centre.
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Easter Open Competitions at The Heritage

The Heritage will be hosting the following Open Competitions over the Easter Holidays and we hope you can make it to take on the challenge of The Ballesteros course!

Friday 3rd April (Good Friday), Open Singles at €35 per person
Monday 6th April (Easter Monday), Open Singles at €30 per person
Tuesday 7th April, Easter Junior Open Single at €20 per person (Junior Golfers – under 18s only)

Bookings can be made by calling the Golf Shop on 057-8642321, by emailing tkennedy@theheritage.com or by Booking Online.

Heritage Seve Series
The first Seve Series event take place on Monday 6th April and will run until every Monday until late September. The Winners and Runners Up from each week will get a place in the Seve Series Final in October with the Overall Winner getting a 2 night stay  for 4 people including Breakfast in one of our Luxury Apartments and 2 rounds of Golf!

Any queries on the above please call 057-8642321 or Email us. We hope to see you at The Heritage Golf Club over the coming weeks! Remember €1 from every Green Fee in 2015 will also be donated between Temple Street Children’s Hospital & The Cuisle Centre.

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The Heritage Golf Club 12 Days of Christmas

The team at The Heritage Golf Club will begin their 12 Days of Christmas offers this coming Monday, 8th December 2015. The highlight of the 12 Days being a €12 green fee rate on Friday 12th December along with Golf Carts for €12 and selected Main Courses in the Clubhouse also €12 that day!

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The Heritage 12 Days of Christmas

Day 1, Monday 8th December – Book your Society today for 2015 and get 1 in 12 free (based on groups of 12 or more)

Day 2, Tuesday 9th December – 12% off all logo clothing in the Golf Shop

Day 3, Wednesday 10th December – Get 12% off 12 months membership of the Golf School!

Day 4, Thursday 11th December – 12% off all vouchers for Golf, Golf School, Golf Shop, F&B in the Clubhouse (Phone orders only)

Day 5, Friday 12th December – €12 Green Fee all day, Shotgun Start 12 minutes to 12 (11.48am)! €12 Golf Carts, €12 Selected Main Courses in the Clubhouse. Green Fee Rate Applies to online bookings, click HERE TO BOOK.

Day 6, Saturday 13th December – 12% off all Logo Golf Accessories in the Golf Shop

Day 7, Sunday 14th December – Play 12 holes for €12 per person / Leix Course Membership for only €75

Day 8, Monday 15th December – 12% off all vouchers for Golf, Golf School and F&B in the Clubhouse (Phone orders only)

Day 9, Tuesday 16th December – Book a Society outing or Play & Stay package today and be entered into a draw for a Green Fee Voucher for 12 golfers

Day 10, Wednesday 17th December – 12% off all Play & Stay packages in the Luxury Apartments

Day 11, Thursday 18th December – Book your 2015 Society outing today & get 1 in 12 free (based on 12 or more); 12% off all Golf Shop purchases

Day 12, Friday 19th December – Get a voucher for 12 Large Buckets of Range Balls for Half Price!

Any queries on the above please call 057-8642321 or Email us. We hope to see you at The Heritage Golf Club over our 12 Days of Christmas!

The Ballesteros Course at The Heritage

The team at The Ballesteros Course at The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort are delighted to confirm their Society & Group Rates for next year, they are as follows:

Dates Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Jan 1st – 16th March €25 €25 €25 €30 €30 €35 €30
17th March – 30th April €30 €35 €35 €35 €40 €40 €35
1st May – 30th September €30 €35 €35 €35 €40 €45 €40
1st  – 31st October €30 €35 €35 €35 €40 €40 €35
1st Nov – 31st Dec €25 €25 €25 €30 €30 €35 €30

Our group rates apply to group of 12 golfers or more, discounted group rates will apply on the above rates for groups of substantial numbers. Please contact Tom Kennedy for further details on these. We also have some Society Special Offers for 2015

2 Outing Special Weekends
Rate of €70 per person, applies Friday & Saturday
(1 one outing must be between January – March or October – December)

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2 Outing Special Midweek

Rate of €60 per person, applies Sunday – Thursday
(1 one outing must be between January – March or October – December)

Organiser Offer

Book & confirm an outing at The Ballesteros Course by 31st December.

Organiser gets a complimentary 4-ball to use prior to the Outing.

Organiser will receive complimentary Golf on the day of the Outing as well.

Applies to societies/groups of 20 or more golfers – will also receive a 4-ball voucher as a prize.

Our online golf rates are available be clicking Here. We will also have a number of events and Open Competitions available soon.

Play & Stay Offers at The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort

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We have some fantastic Play & Stay offers at The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort. Check out details of our Golf Special, Overnight Golf Escape & Golfers’ Retreat by clicking HERE. We also have some superb Golf & Accommodation packages for groups, any queries email Tom Kennedy.

Membership at The Ballesteros Course

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We have 4 categories of Membership at The Ballesteros Course – Full Male; Full Female; Student & Junior membership. Full Male Membership is available on a 7-day basis for €1,000 while Full Female 7-day membership is €745. 5-day Membership is available on request by calling Dean Redmond on 057-8642326 or you can email in your enquiry to dredmond@theheritage.com. Student Membership is available for €330 per person while Junior Membership of our “Seve Club” is €220.

News from the Course

Our bunker programme begun in November with significant work being undertaken on all bunkers around the course. The main aim is to bring them back to fully playable levels and also ensure they drain better in times of torrential rain.

Other facilities at The Ballesteros Course
The Natural Golf School

Natural Golf School

Eddie Doyle, PGA Professional at The Natural Golf School is offering the perfect Christmas present for those of you looking to improve your golf game for the 2015 golf season, 6 months membership of the Golf School for only €99 per person! This offer applies from 26th December 2014 – 1st July 2015. Membership entitles you to:
– Unlimited range balls for practice
– Complete use of the short game facility which includes the practice putting green, chipping green (including practice bunker) & target greens set at 50, 75 & 100 yards
– 1 x 30 minute lesson with our experienced PGA Pro
To sign up contact Eddie on 057-8645300 or email edoyle@theheritage.com

Lesson Offers for Christmas Normally Now You Save
Gold Gift Voucher
6 x 1 hour golf lessons plus 6 large baskets of balls
€414 €299 €115
Silver Gift Voucher
4 x 1 hour golf lessons plus 4 large baskets of balls
€276 €199 €77
Bronze Gift Voucher
2 x 1 hour golf lessons plus 2 large baskets of balls
€138 €99 €39
5 x 30 minute golf lessons
plus 5 large baskets of balls
€245 €150 €95
4 x 30 minute golf lessons
plus 4 large baskets of balls
€196 €125 €71
3 x 30 minute golf lessons
plus 3 large baskets of balls
€147 €99 €48

The Golf Shop: GOLFPLEX

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Mick and his team have some great offers for Christmas – Crested & Non-Crested Clothing, Footwear, Stocking Fillers & Gift Vouchers available. We also provide a Custom Fit service through Planet Golf in Portlaoise or this can be arranged at the Golf School as well. Call the Shop on 057-8642321 for further details. If you’re playing golf over the Festive Season we can also provide Golf Club & Buggy Hire.

Luxury Apartments

Main Bedroom

We have five 2-bedroom Luxury Apartments that are currently available on a Self-Catering or a B&B basis. They are ideal for Golf Groups and Societies as well with plenty of space for storing golf clubs. For enquiries please all 057-8642316 or email tkennedy@theheritage.com.

Clubhouse Bar & Restaurant

Clubhouse at Night

Our Bar & Restaurant at The Ballesteros Course has been refurbished and is under new management who will be delivering fantastic food offerings with a top quality service, from a casual bite in the bar to fine dining in our restaurant we have something to suit everyone’s taste.

The Thatch Pub & Sol Oriens Restaurant

The Thatch is a proper Irish Pub serving great Guinness & wonderful whiskey in a relaxed atmosphere, a perfect place to unwind after taking on the challenge of the Ballesteros Course! Sol Oriens Italian Restaurant combines classic cuisine with an amazing atmosphere, don’t take our word for it though – check out some of their TripAdvisor reviews!

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We hope to see you at The Ballesteros Course at The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort in the near future!

 

Irish Women’s Elite Panel to train at Heritage Golf School

The Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) is delighted to announce plans to base its winter High Performance Training Programme at the elite golf facilities at The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort in Killenard, Co. Laois.

The programme will see Ireland’s top female amateurs avail of the world class facilities on offer at the Seve Ballesteros ‘Natural’ Golf School. Under the guidance of High Performance Manager David Kearney, a host of expert service providers in the areas of swing and short game analysis, strength and conditioning, nutrition and sports psychology will deliver a robust training regime to the ILGU’s elite panel of players.

The squad members will stay on site at the 5 star hotel and avail of the extensive gym and spa facilities. Their holistic programme is designed to cover all aspects of the game. Weekend training sessions will take place from November through March next year with a week long session planned for the mid-term break in February.

ILGU High Performance Panel
Ciara Casey (Hermitage)
Valerie Clancy (Killarney)
Jessica Carty (Holywood)
Mary Doyle (The Heath)
Maria Dunne (Skerries)
Paula Grant (Lisburn)
Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell)
Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell)
Mairead Martin (Killarney)
Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little)
Niamh McSherry (Lurgan)
Olivia Mehaffey (RCD Ladies)
Chloe Ryan (Castletroy)
Chloe Weir (Shandon Park)
Anabel Wilson (Lurgan)

Any queries to Denise McCarthy at the ILGU, denise@ilgu.ie / +353-1-2934833

Ryder Cup Day 1 Open Singles at The Ballesteros Course

To celebrate the opening day of this year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Niall and his team at The Ballesteros Course have decided to run an Open Singles competition on Friday September 26th. Seve Ballesteros, The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort’s iconic course designer, is of course synonymous with the Ryder Cup and they see it as a fitting tribute to the great man.

 Seve Ballesteros 25/06/2001 at Killenard.Picture: Alf Harvey.

The time sheet is now live online at www.theheritage.com or you can call 057 8642321 to book your spot. The competition on the day will be singles stableford off the white tees with an entry fee is € 30 per person to include a € 5 Food & Beverage voucher so you can enjoy the surroundings of our sumptuous clubhouse after your round and watch the days play unfold.

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PubFinder.ie Golf Day 2014

There are few better combinations than Golf and the 19th Hole! The PubFinder.ie Golf Day will very much combine these two on Friday 19th September at The Ballesteros Course at the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort.

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PUBFINDER.IE is a dedicated internet advertising site for pubs, clubs, accommodation, events, dining and cinema. Over the coming months an APP will be available but at present the PubFinder site is responsive for viewing on all types of devices like iPhones, iPads, laptops and desktops PubFinder will be a number one search for planning great nights out whatever or wherever the occasion. Establisments, for less than the cost of a pint a week, can advertise on a mass scale to user’s of the site and app and attract customers advertise as many events, entertainment and promotions on a on a daily basis along with accommodation and dinning. Cinema’s can advertise their listings and times to users of the site or far less than any other advertising source.

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The PubFinder.ie Golf Day will take in a Team of 4 format with 2 scores to count on each hole, the max handicap allowance being 28 for Men and 36 for Ladies. The entry fee is €260 per team (€65 per person) to include Golf for 4 people, Dinner for 4 people, Goody Bags and entry into the Hole-in-One competition on the day which will have prizes such as a trip to the 2015 Masters Tournament courtesy of PGE Golf!

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Tee times will be available from 7.30am until 3.00pm and there will be 2 Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive competitions on the day also. First Prize will be 4 iPads while there will also be some other fantastic prizes with the overall prize fund being close to €5,000! Play during the PubFinder.ie Golf Day will be recorded on video as well so golfers will get the chance to watch the good, and bad, shots in the Clubhouse after they have played!

The PubFinder.ie Golf Day promises to be a fantastic day out at a superb venue with some great prizes on offer. To book your place you can get in touch with Michelle on 085-8833720, Maurice on 086-0671512 or email michelle@pubfinder.ie.