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The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open isn't going far for 2018.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open isn't going far for 2018.

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The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open isn't going far for 2018.

The Irish Open will be returning to Ulster again next year as Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal is set to host the tournament.

It will be played from July 5-8 on the club's Glashedy Links.

"It is absolutely a stunning place," said European Tour CEO Keith Pelley. "I had the pleasure of visiting on Friday and took my time. I thought I'd take as many shots to experience all facets of the golf facility and I certainly did that. Fantastic 36 holes.

"Not only is the golf course spectacular but the support we will receive from the region - Donegal will definitely put on a show."

Ballyliffin GC General Manager John Farren pointed out that although the area is seen as remote, there are 4,500 bed spaces in nearby Londonderry per night, with another 3,500 in Inishowen.

 

And he's confident his club can put on another top show at next year's tournament.

"We're delighted that the best kept secret in Irish golf is out," he said with a smile.

"It can't be underestimated, the impact this will have on the area. The rumours have been out there for some time and be assured we will deliver. The North Coast of Ireland is firmly established as one of the premier destinations in world golf.

"Things are looking very positive for a region that has long been neglected. This again will break a lot of glass ceilings. We like to think we're the centre of the universe and we want to showcase it in that manner."

Belfast Telegraph