Ballyconnell's Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf & Country Club, has been unveiled as only the eighth PGA National designated resort in the world.
The designation is recognition not just of the highly acclaimed 18-hole championship course, regarded as one of Ireland’s best parkland courses, but also of the quality of the facilities that make up the 300-acre Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf & Country Club estate.
These include the luxurious 222-bedroom hotel, state of the art conference centre, golf academy including a par three course and adventure golf facility as well as its award-winning spa facilities.
Wrapped attractively around the lakes and drumlins of the Co Cavan landscape, the back nine is widely considered as containing 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.
Slieve Russell is the home club of Irish golfing sensations Leona and Lisa Maguire, both of whom learnt and honed their skills on the course.
The hotel has also hosted two European Tour events and was home to the Irish PGA Championship, in addition to an annual PGA pro-am, with the popular event featuring a collective prize fund of €1.2million since it was first held in 1997 –the highest paid PGA pro-am tournament in Ireland.
The PGA National Ireland designation follows a period of sustained strategic investment by the local hotel to grow its business not just on the island of Ireland, but also internationally. The strategy has seen the property carry out a series of major investments in recent years to upgrade both the golf course and the many other facilities at the hotel.