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Ulster golf resort joins prestigious PGA National ranks that include only eight worldwide venues


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Cavan golf resort Slieve Russell has been unveiled as a PGA National Ireland venue following an extensive overhaul of facilities at the world class site.

The designation reflects the quality of the 300-acre resort and grants it additional prestige by placing it among the best golf resorts worldwide recognised by the PGA.

Boasting one of Ireland's best parkland courses, as well as a luxurious 222-bedroom hotel and award-winning spa, the resort has become only the eighth to receive the prestigious honour of being named a PGA National.

The course features some of the best holes in Irish golf, particularly on the back nine, and has recently undergone extensive work to improve all aspects, along with the driving range and practice facilities.

Slieve Russell is also the home of the Maguire twins, Leona and Lisa, who have started to make a name for themselves on the professional scene in the USA.

The course has also hosted two European Tour events and was home to the Irish PGA Championship. In addition, the venue also stages 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.

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"It is a huge honour to have been selected by the PGA to be designated as PGA National Ireland," said Slieve Russell's general manager Tony Walker.

"We believe it is reflective both of the quality of the course and of the facilities which we have invested in and upgraded significantly in recent years with significant plans to continue to do so cementing our position at the forefront of the Irish golf and leading tourism venue for both domestic and international visitors.”

Head Professional at Slieve Russell, Gordon Smyth added: “This is a really proud day for the entire team here at Slieve Russell, recognising as it does the not just quality of the Championship Course but the other golf facilities and academy we have built up over the years. We believe our designation as PGA National Ireland is reflective of this work and to join a club of just eight PGA National designated resorts worldwide including, the likes of The Belfry and Gleneagles is a huge honour and reflective of the quality of Slieve Russell as a venue for golfers of all levels and abilities.”

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Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he will compete at the Scottish Open, the week prior to The Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

This will be McIlroy's sixth appearance at the tournament, which is being held at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick from July 11-14, and his first since 2017.

The Scottish Open traditionally attracts a strong field due to it being played on a links course the week before The Open, with the likes of Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar and Brandon Stone also signed up.

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