Headfort Golf Club Kells
Headfort Golf Club Kells
Headfort Golf Club Kells
Headfort Golf Club Kells
Posted on 23 Jan. 2015

Golfers Guide to Ireland Awards 2015

Headfort are delighted to have been awarded the 'Best Parkland Course in Leinster 2015' by Golfers Guide to Ireland. Congratulations also to our 'Twin Club' Portsalon who were awarded 'Best Hidden Gem in Ulster'


Headfort representatives, Captain Norman Ormiston, Lady Captain Jo Noonan, Vice Captain Peter Burns and President Larry Walsh accepted the award from Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, Eamonn Darcy, Greg Allen(RTE) and Pat Donnellan.

Report from Golfers Guide Below: 

Golf Club Awards

 Dun Laoghaire, and, Royal Co. Down, were last night (Mon. Jan 19th) nominated winners of the Golfers Guide to Ireland ‘best parkland and links 2015’ Golf Club Awards. Dublin based publishers of the Golfers Guide to Ireland, yesterday announced the results of its annual golf business awards at a function held in Druids Glen Golf Club, Wicklow. The function was attended by over 100 golf club and golf sector interests. Government representative, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD presented the awards which recognise leadership roles played by Irish Golf Clubs and associated golf interests on the island of Ireland. These included awards for overall island of Ireland and provincial parklands and links clubs, golf club secretaries and managers, along with golf resorts and hotels specialising in golf travel and tourism. Winners received a specially commissioned certificate in recognition of their achievement. All awards were won on the basis of an all-Ireland poll undertaken from within the golf and golf related business community.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor said there is clear evidence of real signs of repair and improvement in the economy. Those involved in the golf sector could look forward to rebuilding its significant loss in club membership numbers, increasing operations’ revenue and overcoming difficulties presented during the past number of years. ‘Plans published by the recently formed Confederation of Golf in Ireland’ she said ‘underwrite the sector’s commitment to pull together, to recognise what needs to be done, and the willingness by all interests to be pro-active in achieving its goals’. Ms Mitchell O’Connor said it was appropriate that Dun Laoghaire will host the Curtis Cup in 2016. It will add an extra dimension to highlighting the growth of lady membership numbers, one of the aims identified by the Confederation.  Competition between all sport disciplines in the recruitment of young players while healthy in many respects has had an impact on introducing and holding young golf club members. Golf must address this aspect of its development and Ms. Mitchell O’Connor said she was happy to see that this again was being treated as a priority by the Confederation. Referring to the golf tourism Ms. Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the January 2014 report issued by Fáilte Ireland which revealed that 163,000 visitors played golf while here and accounted for eu200m in revenue in 2012. The report also emphasised the high levels of satisfaction experienced by our visitors which formed the foundation for continued success into the future, she said.


Paddy McCarthy, Director, Golfer’s Guide to Ireland magazine said he was completely confident the successes achieved by our current crop of Irish professional superstars will continue to grab headlines the Ireland golf brand on the international stage.  ‘Royal County Down will be centre of world attention for the Irish Open in May, particularly with both Rory McIlroy and America’s Ricky Fowler in the field. Add to this the prospect of a star studded golf team in the forthcoming Olympics, under Team Leader and Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley raises hopes of even better days to come. In amateur golf the World Amateur Team Championships 2018 will be hosted by Carton House. With so many positives coming on stream at all levels it was a privilege to recognise individual achievement by those involved in the grass roots of our industry’. she said.    


Winners are as follows:

Overall winners                      

Parkland                                            Dun Laoghaire Golf Club       

Links                                                   Royal County Down Golf Club


Provincial                                           Parklands                               Links

Leinster winners                                  Headfort                                 County Louth

Ulster winners                                     Belvoir Park                            Royal Portrush

Connaught winners                             Ballinrobe                                Enniscrone

Munster winners                                 Cork                                        Waterville


Best resort

Overall winner                        Druids Glen Hotel and Golf Resort



Leinster winners                                  Carton House

Ulster winners                                     Hilton Templepatrick Golf Resort

West North West winners                   Rosapenna                  

Munster winners                                 Fota Island Hotel Resort


Hidden Gems

Overall winner                        Mount Wolseley Hotel and Golf Resort



Leinster                                               Macreddin Golf Club

Ulster                                                  Portsalon Golf Club

Connaught                                          Bearna Golf Club

Munster                                               Mallow Golf Club


Best Golf Club Secretary/Manager    Michael Moss, Portstewart Golf Club


Best Hotel                                           The Malton Hotel, Killarney


Best Hotel Manager                          Michael Davern,,The K Club


Best Boutique Hotel                          Wineport Lodge, Glasson


Best Restaurant

Leinster                                               The Lady Helen, Mount Juliet

Ulster                                                  Percy French Inn, Slieve Donard

Munster                                               Rozzers, Killeen House

Connaught                                          Tra Ban, Co.Sligo



2015 Golfers Guide to Ireland launch

The 2015 edition of Golfers Guide to Ireland was launched in Druids Glen Golf Club, Wicklow last night (Monday January 19).The Guide has enjoyed  24 uninterrupted years of annual publication making it Ireland’s longest established golf guide. 30,000 copies of the 2015 guide have been printed and is available free of charge through every golf club in Ireland. On line versions have been distributed to golf clubs in  Japan, Sweden, the UK and North America.

The 2015 Guide features a comprehensive listing of Ireland’s parklands, links and resorts along with recommended golf hotels and specialist golf accommodations. Readers can enjoy informative articles by RTE’s golf correspondent Greg Allen. Details of open Golf Classics, and open days feature in Kevin Markham’s recommendations, while John Roche, CEO, Confederation of Golf in Ireland outlines his plans for the future of Irish golf.A photograph of  the 17th hole at Druids Glen features on the 2015 Guide’s front cover.

Golfers Guide to Ireland Director Paddy McCarthy, said the Guide had become an essential part of the travelling golfer’s kit when planning a trip to or within all of Ireland. “Historically we have been involved in Ireland’s golf industry for almost a quarter of a century and I am happy to say the industry continues to join with us in marketing their businesses home and overseas’.





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