Slieve Donard joins big hitters as a top golf hotel
The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Co Down has been named one of Britain's best golf hotels - the only Northern Ireland entry on the list.
The Newcastle property eclipses rival resort Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh to win a place alongside big hitters like the Gleneagles and Turnberry in Scotland and the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales.
The hotel is beside Royal County Down, which was the location of this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open - attended by golfing greats including Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia.
The hotel - which has been part of the Hastings Group since it was snapped up as part of a package of six railway hotels in 1971 - was listed in the top 10 golf hotels in Britain by The Daily Telegraph newspaper.
It is the only remaining hotel of the group of six to still be a part of Hastings.
Slieve Donard general manager Stephen Meldrum said: "We are thrilled to have been named as one of the top 10 golf hotels in Britain. Not only that, but we are the only hotel in Northern Ireland to have been included in this prestigious list.
"This accolade follows a busy period for us after our role as the Official Hotel for the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation."